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Practical Chinese for Living and Working in China (Intermediate)
(suitable for lower-intermediate to advanced-intermediate students)

This course is intended to continue in the same spirit as the beginner course, with practical conversation as our central focus, building on what has already been learned toward the goal of total fluency. We will start where the beginner course left off, reviewing important sentence structures involving subjunctives, conditionals, comparisons, etc., as well as time/calendar and space-oriented phrases (before and after, etc..."), percentages, directions and orientation, and phrases involving difference and degree, such as "It's not...., but....", and "The more..., the more...".

We will then progress toward more-complicated structures, including conditional and subjunctive phrases ("If only...", "Only when/if..., then...", "No matter what happens, ...", "It could, should, would have been....", etc.). We will employ role-play, games, activities, and interactive exercises involving everyday scenarios, such as chatting in a book store or at lunch, getting what you need in a hotel or restaurant, communicating with colleagues at work, buying/renting products, cars, property, contracting services (finding a handyman, getting a telephone line installed, getting your laptop repaired), and many others. We will also cover common words, phrases, and expressions included in everyday idioms, colloquialisms, and slang, such as "don't be too hard on yourself", "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush", and "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence". These idioms provide a fascinating window into the Chinese culture and way of thinking. In this phase, students will become confident in expressing their opinions more clearly and accurately. While this course places a strong emphasis on conversation, we will also undertake an intensive introduction to reading and writing Chinese characters, starting with essentials like reading signs and directions, instructions and notices, correspondences, and other important everyday written materials.

At the end of the 8 weeks, students should have a solid command of at-least 1000 Chinese words and 150 sentence structures, the ability to comprehend everyday speech and to express themselves clearly, as well as the skills necessary for reading and writing on a basic level.

Total class time: 32 hours

Course Title: Chinese Language II
Tuition Fee: RMB 3200
Material Fee: RMB 150

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Registration Procedure:
Please register online first to reserve your place. You will then receive a confirmation email. Next, payment must be made on site at the ELC Learning Annex during the payment dates (you can come in person or send someone).

Please note:
Our classes are kept small for the students' benefit (generally between 5 and 10 people), so please register early to reserve your place. Your place in the class cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received. Any course that does not meet sufficient enrollment may be cancelled and a full refund provided upon presentation of your original receipt.