Courses

Course Descriptions

BLCU has six levels for short term students, with a wide range of programs including one semester, twelve weeks, summer study abroad and winter study abroad programs.

Elementary Level: The purpose of this course is to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese. The course has an emphasis on oral skills with classes in listening and speaking with initial presentation of the written language, both reading and writing.

A large emphasis is placed on mastering the phonetic system so as set a good foundation for further Chinese studies with the correct pronunciation and intonation. While the learning of sentence patterns is a major component of the course, efforts will be made to help students handle simple everyday tasks such as greeting, introducing friends and relatives, identifying people or objects, asking for one's personal information (including name, occupation, nationality, address, phone number), expressing gratitude to someone, sending someone your regard, making a reply to a complimentary remark, talking about your family, your school and your studies, looking for someone, seeing a guest off, asking the time, making an appointment, making an invitation, making a suggestion, asking for someone’s opinion, buying something, and offering congratulations.


Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
A0 (A-zero) No experience required Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours
A 200 characters; approx. 1-2 months
A+ (A-plus) 350 characters; approx. 2-3 months

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
B 1000 characters; approx. 4-6 months Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours
B+ (B-plus) 1200 characters; approx. 5-6 months

 

Intermediate Level: The purpose of this course is to continue to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese by expanding on the base of elementary Chinese. The course will provide instruction in all four language skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.

Many of the grammatical constructions introduced in first year Chinese will be repeated in this course with increasing sophistication in terms of style and usage. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of first year Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. In this course students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese.

By the end of this course, students are expected to deal with daily-life related Chinese in a target language environment with no difficulty. Topics covered include: buying things, making an invitation, making an appointment, offering congratulations, asking for one's age, asking for opinions from others, presenting a gift, asking the way, making a telephone call, refusing politely, shopping, entertaining a guest, asking for information, complimenting, making a plan, asking for permission, welcoming a guest, waiting for someone, proposing a toast, talking about ball games, seeing someone off, traveling, and buying tickets.


Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
C 1500 characters Before midterm:
Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 12 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours

After midterm:
Comprehensive Chinese 6 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 6 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
D 2500 characters Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Listening Chinese 4 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 4 hours

 

Advanced Level: The purpose of the course is to continue to develop their skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese.

Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills with a manageable degree of challenge. At the functional level, this course aims at helping students solidify their ability to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. It seeks to enable students to understand face-to-face conversations on most familiar topics, give factual accounts, read materials written in formal expression, and write simple essays, reports and other types of correspondence. There is a heavy emphasis on reading from this level covering topics such as current events, social sciences, history, and literature. Discussions on the reading materials will be conducted regularly to develop students' skills of abstract reasoning, narration and description.

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
E 3500 characters Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 6 hours;
Ancient Chinese 4 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
F 4000 characters Comprehensive Chinese 8 hours;
Oral Chinese 4 hours;
Reading Chinese 4 hours
4 hour elective class from: Chinese Movies, Chinese Literature, or Chinese Circumstance

 

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  • Beijing

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    3610 Capital Mansions,
    6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang
    Beijing, 100027
    Phone: (+86) 10 8468 3799 
  • London

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    154 Bishopsgate
    London EC2M 4LN
    United Kingdom
    Phone: (+44) 0207 377 84 
  • Hong Kong

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    Rm 604-7 Dominion Centre
    43-59 Queen’s Road East
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (+852) 800 968 924 

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