Great Wall Spoken Chinese Courses 

Great Wall Spoken Chinese Course Level 1 (Beginner)

All students interested in learning Mandarin Chinese are invited to enroll in Great Wall Spoken Chinese Level 1, offered as a non-credit course through the University of Oklahoma Confucius Institute.
 
This twelve-week short-term intensive spoken Chinese (Mandarin) course is designed for learners with no previous background in the language to acquire basic language knowledge and skills. The course prepares students to engage in basic conversation for formal and informal social settings on a variety of topics. In this course, the Chinese phonetic symbol system, known as “pinyin”, will be introduced and used for pronunciation of the language. The learning of Chinese characters is optional depending on learners’ interest and ambition. Practical daily conversation topics, such as greetings, introductions, seeking information, asking for directions and time, shopping, talking about Chinese culture and food, etc. will be learned with plenty of in-class activities and practice. The practical goal of the course is to enable learners to apply the knowledge and skills that they learn in class to actual cultural and social situations.

PREREQUISITE:

None.


Great Wall Spoken Chinese Course Level 2

This twelve-week short-term intensive spoken Chinese (Mandarin) course is designed for learners with no previous background in the language to acquire basic language knowledge and skills. The course prepares students to engage in basic conversation for formal and informal social settings on a variety of topics. The learning of Chinese characters is optional, depending on learners’ interest and ambition. Practical daily conversation topics, such as talking about one’s appearance, asking for and giving an address, asking about or describing family members, asking for and telling the time, etc. will be learned with plenty of in-class activities and practice. The practical goal of the course is to enable learners to apply the knowledge and skills that they learn in class to actual cultural and social situations.

PREREQUISITE:

1) Knowledge of Pinyin and able to use Pinyin for very basic communication.

2) Experience with the most basic 80 Chinese words and expressions.

3) Basic knowledge of Chinese.


Great Wall Spoken Chinese Course Level 3

This twelve-week short-term intensive spoken Chinese (Mandarin) course is designed for learners with the language knowledge and skill to conduct basic conversations in Chinese. This course will focus on more advanced communicative skills like ordering in restaurants, making phone calls, taking messages, describing rooms and houses, choosing different ways of transportation, as well as asking for and offering help. The practical goal of the course is to enable learners to apply the knowledge and skills that they learn in class to actual cultural and social situations.

PREREQUISITE

1) Knowledge of Pinyin and able to use Pinyin for very basic communication.

2) Experience with the most basic 200 Chinese words and expressions.

3) Basic language experience using dates, days, numbers, colors, and directional words.


Great Wall Spoken Chinese Course Level 4

This twelve-week short-term intensive spoken Chinese (Mandarin) course is designed for learners with the language knowledge and skill to conduct basic conversations in Chinese.  This course will focus on more advanced communicative skills like ordering in restaurants, making phone calls, taking messages, describing rooms and houses, choosing different ways of transportation, as well as asking for and offering help. The practical goal of the course is to enable learners to apply the knowledge and skills that they learn in class to the actual cultural and social situations.

PREREQUISITE

1) Knowledge of Pinyin and able to use Pinyin for very basic communication.

2) Experience with the most basic 300 Chinese words and expressions.

3) Basic language experience using dates, days, numbers, colors, and directional words.



Note: The registration fee is $30, payable by check or credit card. All checks should be made payable to the University of Oklahoma, and due by the first day of the class.

Each class requires a minimum of five registered students.