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Summer Intensive Chinese Program

Summer Intensive Chinese Program, Picture

Every year, more and more people are studying Mandarin around the world. Together with the rising influence of the People’s Republic and the fact that there are more native-speakers of Chinese than any other language in the world, the reasons for learning Mandarin abound, now more than ever.

The Summer Intensive Language Program promotes Chinese language learning in a rich cultural context. While linguistic elements—from the four tones of spoken Chinese to written characters—are fundamental, learning about Chinese culture, history, and social etiquette embedded in the language are integral to every course. The curriculum systematically prepares students to develop language and cultural competencies through highly-structured, interactive classroom instruction.

At the heart of the program are student goals, ranging from work on issues of global importance, to studying the art of the Sung and opening a business in Beijing. Whatever your goal, the Summer Intensive Chinese Program can put you on the road to realizing it.

Chinese Program Highlights

  • Eight weeks of classes
  • 21.5 hours of in-class instruction per week
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced sections available depending on enrollment
  • Two components for each level: a Core Component that focuses on structure and vocabulary, and a Fluency Component that is devoted to real-world speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Free tutoring to support classroom learning
  • Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate programs
  • Co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study
  • Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience
  • Career advising to support students’ Chinese-related career paths

Program Levels & Textbooks

Elementary Chinese

The elementary class is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Chinese. The class uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students are introduced to the Chinese pronunciation system (pinyin), basic grammar, and commonly-used Chinese characters. A typical day starts with a warm-up for the presentation of new material. After learning and practicing new material, students engage in functional and communicative activities, such as informal dialogue, role-play, and presentation to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing  The goal is to improve students' overall ability to understand and use the language accurately and appropriately.

Elementary-Level Textbooks

The Chinese Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Basic Written Chinese: Move from Complete Beginner Level to Basic Proficiency; Paperback with disc  (Published March 9, 2012)
Author: Cornelius C. Kubler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Basic Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials: An Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners; Paperback with disc (Published May 10, 2011)
Author: Cornelius C. Kubler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Basic Spoken Chinese: An Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners; Paperback with disc (Published May 9, 2011)

Author: Cornelius C. Kubler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Intermediate Chinese

The intermediate class is designed for students with at least one year of recent college-level Chinese studies. Specifically, students should have the ability to understand and participate in questions and answers of everyday situations, to read and write sentences and short paragraphs on simple topics, have knowledge of basic sentence structures, and the ability to read and write, at least, the 400-500 most commonly used Chinese characters. Students are required to take a placement test at the start of the program. Placement is determined by students' language proficiency level, not the length of their previous studies.

The class uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. A typical day starts with a warm-up for the presentation of new material. After learning and practicing new material, students often engage in interactive and functional activities, such as dialogues, role plays, problem solving, and discussions to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The instruction is designed to improve students' overall ability to understand and use the language accurately and appropriately.

Intermediate-Level Textbooks

The Chinese Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Intermediate Written Chinese
Details provided by Chinese Coordinator

Intermediate Spoken Chinese: A Practical Approach to Fluency in Spoken Mandarin; Paperback with disc (Published October 22, 2013)
Author: Cornelius C. Kubler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Intermediate Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials: A Wealth of Activities to Enhance Your Spoken Mandarin; Paperback with DVD (Published September 17, 2013)
Author: Cornelius C. Kubler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Advanced Chinese

The Chinese advanced-level course is a content-driven course designed to provide students with the skills necessary to function effectively in both academic and professional environments. By the end of the program, students should achieve a level of proficiency that will enable them to express facts and opinions and engage in discussion on a broad range of topics related to Chinese society, culture, politics, history and other relevant content. This course will help students understand both formal and informal speech patterns, gather important information from news reports and interviews from radio and television broadcasts, read online news releases, and comprehend the gist of short book chapters and other authentic reading materials. Finally, this program should improve students' ability to write in Chinese. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to reproduce at least 2000 Chinese characters, use computers to type an essay in Chinese, and produce handwritten assignments ranging from 500-1000 words.

Advanced-Level Textbook

The Chinese Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

All Things Considered (Princeton Language Program: Modern Chinese); Revised Edition (Published September 11, 2011)
Author: Chih-p'ing Chou, Yan Xia, Meow Hui Goh
Publisher: Princeton University Press