Chinese for All Courses



Our goal is teaching and learning for proficiency.

Our individualized instruction will get you there. 

 

Comprehensive Training

We offer comprehensive language training courses from beginning to advanced levels as well as courses focusing on a specific skill or a professional subject area in Mandarin Chinese.

 

Proficiency-Oriented 

Our courses will enable you to gain proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills.  Students with no Chinese background should begin from Level 1 (beginning level) and continue until they complete Level 8 (advanced level).

 

More Effective Than School-based Learning

Students learn more and learn faster at Chinese For All. Each course offered at Chinese For All is roughly equivalent to a one-year high school course or a one semester college course. 

 

Individualized Instruction

We offer one-on-one instruction as well as small group classes for two to four students.

 

Sequence from Basic to Professional Level

Students with Chinese background will take a placement exam in order to be placed into a suitable course. Advanced-level students may choose to enroll in professional-level courses to learn Chinese for a specific subject area, such as business, law, or art history.

 

Experienced and Caring Faculty

All courses are taught by experienced teachers with training in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.  

 

Personalized Study Plan

All courses will begin on the first day of each month. After you register, we will design your personal study plan.

 

Flexible Schedule

Classes meet online from Mondays to Sundays and take place between 9 am and 9 pm ET, except for major holidays. Each class is one hour in length.  The instructional content and the number of hours of the courses can be tailored to individual student needs.

 

 


Regular and Intensive Track

Students in groups of 1 to 4 meet 3 hours per week for 10 weeks per course.

 

Level 1 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of college 101 course)

 

Level 2 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of college 102 course)

 

Level 3 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of college 201 course)

 

Level 4 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of college 202 course)

 

Level 5 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of college 203 course)

 

Level 6 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of college 204 course)

 

Level 7 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of advanced college course)

 

Level 8 (equivalent to one year of high school or one semester of advanced college course)

 

Professional Level:  Courses focusing on specific professional content may be offered upon request. Such content may include Business Chinese, Legal Chinese, Chinese in real estate, medical and nursing Chinese, and so forth.

 

 

Intensive Track Classes:

The one-on-one class meets 6 hours/week for 10 weeks per course. One intensive course is equal to two regular track courses.

 

 


Customized Four-week Special Courses

Customized supplemental 4-week courses on subjects such as improving tones and pronunciation, Chinese characters, character etymology, Chinese poetry, Chinese technical vocabulary, Chinese history, Chinese culture, and so forth may be offered upon request.  These courses are great for students who want to review course materials, strengthen a skill area, or learn something of personal interest during summer and winter breaks.

 

Examples of 4-week Mini Course Descriptions 

 

These courses are not often found in the Chinese curricula at traditional institutions. Our experience has shown us that students who are serious about their learning need to work on the following areas:

 

1.  Chinese Sound System

This course teaches you the four tones and pronunciation of Chinese sounds, including the Hanyu Pinyin rules. You will learn some useful short phrases that you can use in daily life. At the end of the course, you will be able to read Hanyu Pinyin text with standard pronunciation, and you will be able to listen to a spoken Chinese word or syllable and write the correct pinyin for it.

 

2.  Standard Mandarin Pronunciation for Cantonese Speakers

This course is for Cantonese speakers who want to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. At the end of the course, students will be able to read Chinese with standard pronunciation.

 

3. Conversational Chinese

 

4.  Literacy Fluency Building (reading and writing Chinese)

 

5.  Foundations of Chinese Characters

This course teaches you the basics of Chinese characters, including character formation methods, basic strokes types, stroke order rules, and radicals (the key components of Chinese characters). You will learn to read and write 200 most commonly used Chinese characters.

 

6. Principles to convert traditional and simplified characters

This course teaches you to convert characters from traditional form to simplified form and vice versa. The principles will be introduced and you will practice reading text written in both forms. At the end of this course, you will be able to read common Chinese characters in both simplified and traditional forms with ease.

 

7.  Learn Chinese Characters Through Chinese Poetry

This course teaches you five famous Tang poems that have been cherished by Chinese people for thousands of years. The etymology of characters will be discussed. At the end of this course, you will be able to recite these poems and write the poems with beautiful penmanship.

 

8.  Chinese Etymology

 

9.  Learn Chinese Through Films