Students enrolled in the new Mandarin Chinese courses will focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
TASIS England welcomes language teacher Qing (Carol) Li who will introduce Mandarin Chinese classes at three levels this fall. After initially spending seven years as an English teacher in China, she has taught Mandarin Chinese in the U.K. for 10 years. Ms. Li graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University with a degree in Science English. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English from Shaanxi Normal University and a master's degree in education from University of Central Lancashire. She also holds a certificate in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from SOAS, University of London.
Students will be taught at three levels from beginner to proficient:
Chinese I will include the study and practice of the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with emphasis upon correct oral expression and aural comprehension. Students will learn basic vocabulary words and sentence patterns, and practice pronunciation and tones using the Mandarin phonetic system (pinyin). Students will learn the Chinese writing system (Chinese characters and computer typing) and master vocabulary used to communicate at a basic level in the language, including numbers, name, age, nationality, family, time, date, daily routines, and colors. Cultural topics may include the history of the Chinese language and traditional Chinese festivals.
Chinese II is a continuation course designed for students who have already learned the basics of Chinese, either by taking Chinese I or through some other relevant experience. Building on the skills acquired in Chinese I, this course will help improve vocabulary and enhance the students’ Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and writing ability. This course introduces more complex sentence structures, enabling students to communicate more comfortably about school subjects, weather, hobbies, food, and drinks. Additionally, the course will continue to integrate the Chinese culture into the language learning experience. The class is conducted in Mandarin to the greatest degree possible to develop aural-oral competency.
Chinese III is designed for students who have completed Chinese II or an equivalent course. Students will continue to build vocabulary, improve speaking and comprehension of complex topics, and engage in extensive conversation related to school life and everyday situations. Reading comprehension and writing skills will be emphasized, and essay writing becomes an integral part of the course in preparation for the next level of study. Alongside language acquisition, students will be introduced to various aspects of Chinese culture with a view to comparing that culture with the students' home cultures.