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 (places, family, food, activities, and school), 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.


Clothes and Food:
In this unit, you will learn how to describe people and things; how to state likes and dislikes; and how to communicate on the topics of food, drinks, colors, and clothes. Unit 1 also transitions from Semester 1 to Semester 2 in the course, beginning with a review of the topics in Semester 1.

In this unit, you will learn how to talk with somebody about hobbies, make an appointment, and ask directions properly in Chinese.

In this unit, you will learn how to describe some art patterns and how to talk about film and art works. You will also learn a series of vocabulary which have something to do with arts. In “Visit China,” you will learn typical Chinese folk art like Chinese knot, paper cutting.

Unit 8 is the last unit in the course. You will learn how to ask and describe price and brand and learn some famous company names in Chinese. You will also learn a series of vocabulary for currency.


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*


Successful completion of Chinese IA


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


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