This is a beginning level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of Mandarin Chinese. In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of activities. Throughout the four units, or themes, of material (introduction to Chinese, greetings, calendar, weather, and time), the student will learn to express himself using an ever-increasing vocabulary. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is presented throughout the course to help the learner focus on the Chinese-speaking world, people, geographical locations, and histories.


Each unit consists of a variety of activities that are designed for you to meet certain standards. These standards are a part of the objectives listed for each unit. In Unit 1, you will learn how to greet people and exchange basic information like name and nationality in Chinese.

Unit 2 deals with family. You will learn how to present your family members to your peers in Chinese. Each Unit also has a rubric for a “final performance” which tells you what to do in order to show you how you have met the standards for the Unit.

Unit 3 focuses on your understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and your own. You will learn how to introduce your friend’s name, age, address and hobby in conversation while also presenting information and concepts on a variety of topics related to Chinese culture.

Chinese festivals are a cultural spotlight for this unit along with teaching you how to express time in the Chinese language.


Connections Learning courses start every week on a Tuesday. The start and end dates for each semester are listed below:

Fall Semester Start Date 8/1/2018

Last Enrollment date for Fall 12/7/2018

Fall Semester End Date 1/7/2019

Spring Semester Start Date 1/8/2019

Last Enrollment date for Spring 4/9/2019

Spring Semester End Date 6/14/2019

Once enrolled we will be in touch to confirm your preferred start date and advise of the next steps


Each course will run for a duration of 16 weeks*



World Language courses require a headset and microphone which is compatible with the computer being used for the course


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