Chinese Programme
Why Learn Chinese? It is because one-fifth of the planet speaks Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over one billion people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.
Learning Chinese gives you a better understanding through the grammar and even how the Chinese words are derived of the culture behind them.
We designed to provide an insight to Mandarin as a language and the understanding of Chinese culture.

We designed to provide an insight to Mandarin as a language and the understanding of Chinese culture.
We are using an interactive and communicative approach to teaching the language. Students are expected to be able to communicate in Mandarin both in conversational and writing in simple daily situations (e.g. talk about nationality, family, study, appointment in Chinese) after taking the level one module
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Pre-requisites
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Chinese Language Learning Outcome
The Chinese Language modules are designed and structured for the busy working professional who aspires to attain language mastery in the Chinese Language.
Competencies achieved through attending the progressive modules are useful to building confidence so as to enable the individual to speak, understand and read basic syntax in the newly-acquired language focus.
Modules are designed in a structured and coherent manner, positioned from an adult perspective so that they closely address and match the adults’ learner’s quest for continuing education.

Successful completion of the language competencies are contingent upon participants’ consistency in attendance, and the dedication of time to practice after each class session.

A certificate of proficiency is awarded to participants who successfully complete Chinese 3.

NO MINIMUM STANDARD REQUIRED FOR EMBARKING ON THE COURSE
The Chinese Language modules are designed in progression from Level 1 to Level 3. This corresponds to a beginner in the language focus to roughly the equivalent of Beginner Level.

No specific pre-requisites are needed to enroll in Level 1. However, people who have intention to join mid-stage in the series of Levels are advised to conduct the placement test.

Please contact us at clslang@nus.edu.sg for the placement test.

Below are the placement test topics for Chinese Level 4 and above. There will be plagiarism (turn-it-in) checking your submitted essay. Please write the essay by yourself and email to clslang@nus.edu.sg for assessment.

Chinese Level 4
The test is one hour. The essay should be at least 200 Chinese characters. The topic is ”我最倒霉的一天”.

Chinese Level 5 and above
The test is one hour. The essay should be at least 250 Chinese characters. The topic is “保护环境就是保护我们自己。请说说你的看法。”.
INCORPORATING ASSESSMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Each module of content comprises some 30 hours, incorporating assessments and assignments. For each of the levels from 1 to 3, there will be an assessment (pass or fail) set for students to gauge their ability and readiness to continue onto the next higher level in Chinese Language.
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Each level runs for 10 weeks, totalling 30 hours. The completion of 3 levels will require 30 weeks, totalling 90 hours.

Full Module Descriptions (Module Topics)
LEVEL 1
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 4
LEVEL 5
LEVEL 6
CHINESE LEVEL 1
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $35 (Purchase/collection/delivery to be advised)
Start Date :
12 September 2020

Venue :
Online Class
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXC1**
Course Description:
This is a beginners' module consisting three main components: Chinese Hanyu Pinyin, basic conversation and simplified Chinese character writing.
Hanyu Pinyin is the official romanization system for Standard Chinese in mainland China and Singapore. It is often used to teach Standard Mandarin Chinese, allowing non-native speaker to quickly grapse the pronounciation of the words. Vocabulary, phrases, sentence patterns will be taught to help students master basic conversation and acquire communicative skills to deal with simple daily situations.

Course Content:
Students will be engaging in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:
1. Greetings
2. Introducing myself
3. Nationality
4. Job
5. Age
6. Personality
7. Home address
8. Family
9. Time
10. Friends

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Achieve a basic understanding in the use of Hanyu Pinyin
2. Understand the use of vocabulary, simple short phrases, and sentence patterns to be able to comprehend and react to simple daily situations

Required Textbook:
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 1), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Schedule: 9am to 12 pm, every Saturday

Registration deadline: 22 August 2020
Payment deadline: 29 August 2020
CHINESE LEVEL 2
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $70 , Continuing Student - $35 (Purchase/collection/delivery to be advised)
Start Date :
12 September 2020

Venue :
Online Class
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXC2**
Course Description:
This module is a continuation of Chinese 1. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading and the basic writing of Chinese characters for this module. It consists of three main components: conversation, grammar and simplified Chinese character writing. More simplified Chinese characters will be introduced. Students will get to learn new words, phrases and sentences to strengthen students’ communicative ability. A revision of Hanyu Pinyin will assist to enhance students’ pronunciation.

Course Content:
Students will be engaging in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:
1. Date
2. Directions
3. Color
4. Directions
5. Money
6. Food
7. Phone call
8. Living environment
9. Transportation
10. Help

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Achieve a strong foundation in the use of Hanyu Pinyin
2. Understand the use of grammar and simple short phrases, building blocks of the Chinese characters
3. Gain confidence in speaking, reading and writing

Required Textbook:
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 1), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 2), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Schedule: 9am to 12 pm, every Saturday

Registration deadline: 22 August 2020
Payment deadline: 29 August 2020
CHINESE LEVEL 3
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $35 , Continuing Student - Nil (Purchase/collection/delivery to be advised)
Start Date :
12 September 2020

Venue :
Online Class
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXC3**
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Chinese 2. It consists of three main components: conversation, grammar and simplified Chinese characters’ writing. More new words, phrases and sentences will be introduced to strengthen students’ communicative ability. Additionally, short texts will be taught to improve students’ speaking and reading skills. Students will be able to understand Chinese culture through the short texts learning.

Course Content:
Students will be engaging in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:
1. Weather
2. Internet
3. Exercise
4. Living styles
5. Post office
6. Exchange rate
7. Shopping
8. Sick
9. Sports
10. Travel

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Achieve a strong foundation in the language to be able to move on to higher level learning
2. Gain insight about grammar and sentence construction, building blocks of the Chinese characters
3. Gain confidence in speaking, reading and writing
4. Appreciation of the Chinese culture

Required Textbook:
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 2), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Schedule: 9am to 12 pm, every Saturday

Registration deadline: 22 August 2020
Payment deadline: 29 August 2020
CHINESE LEVEL 4
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $35 , Continuing Student - $35
Start Date :
TBC

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXC4**
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Chinese 3. Based on the Chinese characters and words learnt from the foundation levels, new phrases and idioms will be introduced to strengthen students’ communicative ability. Additionally, short stories will be introduced to improve students’ speaking and reading skills. Students will be able to understand Chinese culture through the short texts learning.

Course Content:
Students will be engaging in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:
1. Weather
2. Internet
3. Exercise
4. Living styles
5. Post office
6. Exchange rate
7. Shopping
8. Sick
9. Sports
10. Travel

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Appreciate and understand the use of Chinese idioms
2. Gain confidence in sight reading and vocal pronunciation of words and sentences
3. Appreciate Chinese culture through the short text learning

Required Textbook:
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 3), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Schedule:
TBC, Saturday

Registration deadline: TBC
CHINESE LEVEL 5
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $35 , Continuing Student - NIL
Start Date :
TBC

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
**This course is approved by National Silver Academy (NSA).
This module is a continuation of Chinese 4. Based on the Chinese characters and words they have learned, short articles will be introduced in this module. Students will also be trained in listening to broadcast materials, speech skills as well as short essay writing.

Course Content:
1. Using internet
2. This is my home
3. Super market
4. My favorite local fruits
5. My living environment
6. Festival
7. Shopping
8. Healthy Lifestyle
9. Local Breakfast
10. Morning Exercise

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Form grammatically correct sentences
2. Read short passages
3. Tune in and comprehend simple broadcast from the TV & radio
4. Able to write short passage


Required Textbook:
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 3), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Schedule: TBC

Registration deadline: TBC
CHINESE LEVEL 6
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $35 , Continuing Student - NIL
Start Date :
TBC

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
**This course is approved by National Silver Academy (NSA).
Course Description:
This course is a continuation of Chinese Level 5 aiming at strengthening learners’ communicative competence using an integrated approach. Through the exposure to a variety of authentic communicative tasks, learners will be able to deepen their knowledge of the target language, skills, socio economics, socio cultural, as well as intercultural competence.

Course Content:
1. Emphasis is placed on the communicative function and the training of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading & writing).
2. Systematically introducing drills and exercises will allow students to master the necessary grammatical knowledge and rules for word and sentence formation.
3. Students will also be trained in listening to broadcast materials, speech skills as well as short essay writing.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Form gramatically correct sentences
2. Tune in and comprehend simple broadcast from the TV & radio
4. Write short essay with more confidence

Required Textbook:
Ma Jianfei (2013), Great Wall Chinese - Essentials in Communication (Textbook and Workbook 3), Beijing Language and Culture University Press.


Schedule:
TBC

Registration deadline: TBC
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