Adult Chinese Language Classes

Fall 2023 Registration is Now Open!
Classes start on September 25, 2023.

China Institute’s immersive group classes, led by experienced language teachers, offer a wide range of Chinese language courses at every proficiency level, from beginner to advanced. Our feature courses include but are not limited to Chinese literature, Classical Chinese, and Chinese philosophy, among many others.

This Fall, China Institute will provide both IN-PERSON and ONLINE learning options. In-person classes will be offered at CI and online classes will be via Zoom. Watch a clip of our online class.

Please note:

  • Textbooks are not included in the tuition fee.
  • We run small-sized classes. Registration will be closed when a class is full.
  • Class schedules are subject to change. A class will be canceled if registration is low.

Fall 2023 Course Listing

Classes Start the Week of September 25, 2023

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Beginner Intensive I (Levels 101 – 102)
Beginner

This class is designed for students who are interested in studying Mandarin Chinese at a faster pace, i.e., completing Beginning Chinese 101 and 102 in 10 weeks. Upon completion, a solid foundation will be established both in pronunciation (initials, vowels and most importantly, the tones) and fundamental knowledge of the Chinese characters. Students will be able to carry out conversations on daily activities and master about 100 Chinese words and expressions.

The textbooks required for this course are Road to Success: Threshold and Lower Elementary, Vol. 1.

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No class November 23)
20 sessions (40 hours)
$950 member / $990 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Tuesday & Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intermediate Intensive II (Levels 202–203)
Intermediate

This class is designed for students who are interested in studying Mandarin Chinese at a faster pace, i.e., completing Intermediate Chinese 202 and 203 in 10 weeks. This course is a continuation of the Intermediate Intensive I. Students will learn how to express exclamation and other emotions, explain issues, describe resultative events, make emphasis and comparisons in a more complex way, describe events in the future, talk about experience, and so forth.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 5-12).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3.

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No class November 23)
20 sessions (40 hours)
$950 member / $990 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Tuesday & Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Fei Xue
Level 101
Beginner

This course is designed for absolute beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese Mandarin. This class will introduce the phonics of Chinese Mandarin, sounds and tones, using the pinyin Romanization system. Upon completion, students will be expected to establish a solid foundation in Chinese pronunciation (initials, vowels and most importantly, the tones). In addition, students will easily master about 80 basic Chinese characters, most of which are very commonly used to construct other characters. Students are also expected to be able to conduct short daily conversations, including greetings, expressing gratitude, and introducing themselves and others, etc.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Threshold.

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

[In-Person] Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No class November 23)
[Online] Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 27 – December 6 (No class November 22)
[Online] Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 30 – December 9 (No class November 25)

10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Fei Xue
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Level 102
Beginner

This class will continue to build on the pronunciation and tones taught in Beginning Chinese 101. In addition, this course will cover the topics of making acquaintance, describing oneself, making appointments, discussing everyday situations, asking various types of questions, making suggestions or comments, etc.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.1 (Lessons 1-6).

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No class October 9)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Monday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Level 103
Beginner

This class will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate about daily necessities, including shopping, making a purchase, and going to the bank, among many others.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.1 (Lessons 7-12).

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No class October 9)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Monday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 105
Beginner

This class will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns. Topics to be covered include directions and locations, talking about personal skills, and describing sickness.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.2 (Lessons 18-22).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2.

*Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No class November 23)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Heritage Chinese Beginner II
Beginner

Following Heritage Chinese Beginner I, this course is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills but limited reading and writing skills in Chinese. More complex and functional vocabulary words, sentence patterns and systemic review of grammar will be practiced through reading texts in various cultural related topics. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

The textbook required for this course is Contemporary Chinese for Heritage Learners: An Introductory Text Simplified Character, 2nd Edition, Lessons 9 ~ 14.

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No class October 9)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Monday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Level 201
Intermediate

This course will bring students to the intermediate level courses, and covers topics of phone conversation, renting an apartment, going out to eat in a restaurant and watching TV programs, among many others. Upon completion, students will be able to discuss different aspects of daily life and use more complicated structures for language expressions.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Elementary, Vol. 1 (Lessons 1-4).

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2 or 3.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No class October 9)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Monday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Level 203
Intermediate

This class will continue with Intermediate Level 202. Students will learn how to make emphasis and comparison in a more complex way, describe events in the future, talk about experience, and so forth.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Elementary, Vol. 1 (Lessons 9-12).

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 27 – December 6 (No class November 22)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Level 204
Intermediate

This class will continue with Intermediate Level 203. It will cover topics of social communication such as special event celebrations, visiting friends and patients, picking up someone at the airport, etc. Students will be able to construct sentences with unique grammatical elements in Chinese, i.e., directional completion complements and 把.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Elementary, Vol. 2 (Lessons 13-16).

*Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3.

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No class November 23)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Level 205
Intermediate

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 204. Topics covered include sport and health. Students will be able to express their ideas using deeper vocabulary words and more complex but authentic grammatical patterns.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Elementary Vol 2 (Lessons 17-20).

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3 or 4.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 30 – December 9 (No class November 25)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Ping Wang
Level 208
Intermediate

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 207. Three pieces of contemporary proses and one traditional fable will be studied. Students will be able to tell a comprehensive story with flesh and blood in an authentic way of expression.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Upper Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 5-8).

* Please purchase the required textbook(s) on Amazon or directly from the publisher’s US office, Phoenix Tree Publishing, and enter code DSTY15 at checkout for a 15% discount at www.phoenixtree.com.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 4.

– Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No class November 23)
– Saturday, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
September 30 – December 9 (No class November 25)

10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Situ Jia
Saturday
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Heritage Chinese Intermediate II
Intermediate

This course is a continuation of Heritage Chinese Intermediate I. It is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills but limited reading and writing skills in Chinese. It will introduce more functional vocabulary and sentence patterns and phrases, and provide a systemic review of grammar through reading texts in various cultural related topics. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

The textbook required for this course is HSK Standard Course, HSK 4 上 (Lesson 6-10).

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 26 – November 28
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Tuesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Charlene Wang
Intermediate Conversation
Intermediate

This class is designed for students who have learned about 1,000 words and structures covering various topics in daily life or at an equivalent proficiency level but want to improve conversational skills. The class will help students speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most informal conversational and business settings. The class is highly conversational and interactive, with a focus on live conversations and discussions to achieve fluency in spoken Chinese. Topics for discussion revolve around a wide range of themes, including the latest hot topics in China and worldwide.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

[In-Person] Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No class November 23)
[Online] Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 30 – December 9 (No class November 25)

10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Level 303
Advanced

This course is designed for students who have finished Level 302 at China Institute or anyone who has achieved an overall high intermediate level of proficiency in the Chinese language.

The textbook required for this course is HSK Standard Course 4B (下) (Lessons 11-15).

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 27 – December 6 (November 22)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Ping Wang
Level 306
Advanced

The class will continue with the book Eyes on China: An Intermediate-advanced Reader of Modern Chinese. It will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns that bridges the gap between informal spoken Chinese and more formal written Chinese. Topics include old China and traditional Beijing, politics and identity in Taiwan, and lives and the dilemma of the young generations, and some major social issues because of the fast economic progress and urbanization currently happening in China.

The textbook required for this course is Eyes on China: An Intermediate-advanced Reader of Modern Chinese, 2019 by Princeton University Press, (Lessons 26-30).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 4 or 5.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 30 – December 9 (No class November 25)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Karen Ma
Advanced Reading VI
Advanced

This course is designed for those who have completed the advanced course Advanced Reading V at CI or for anyone who has achieved an overall advanced level of proficiency in the Chinese language and seeks to continue their studies by reading more advanced texts. The class will be highly interactive with students participating in discussions on a wide range of thought-provoking topics on contemporary China. A reader series, Reading into a New China, published by Cheng & Tsui (2017) will be used to replace a traditional language textbook. Students will read articles reflecting various social issues in contemporary China. Advanced skills in reading comprehension will be developed, along with professional speaking skills, such as discussion and oral presentation.

The textbook required for this course is Reading into a New China, 2nd Edition Vol. 2, published by Cheng & Tsui: https://www.cheng-tsui.com/browse/reading-into-a-new-china-2e

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 4 or 5.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 27 – December 6 (No class November 22)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Literature and Society: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese III
Advanced

This course is designed for those who have completed advanced courses Level 301~306 at CI. It is also a course for anyone who has achieved an overall advanced level of proficiency in the Chinese language and seeks to continue their studies by reading more advanced texts. The class will be highly interactive with students participating in discussions on a wide range of thought-provoking topics on contemporary China.

The selected textbook, Literature and Society: An Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese, adopts an innovative way for students to sharpen their Chinese language abilities while learning more about important areas of Chinese culture. The students will be introduced to a variety of genres including essays, short stories, and one play, written by China’s most well-known writers such as Lu Xun 鲁迅, Lin Yutang 林语堂, Liang Shiqiu 梁实秋, and Wang Meng 王蒙. From a sociological perspective on China, the selections of literary works and essays explore the most up-to-date social issues that contemporary China has faced in recent years such as population issues, ethics, marriage, the lives of intellectuals, and challenges faced by minorities in China.

Required textbook:
Literature and Society: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese, published by Princeton University Press, revised edition, 2016.

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 26 – November 28
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Tuesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Advanced Chinese through Contemporary Topics
Advanced

This integrated course is designed for advanced students to further their speaking, listening, and reading skills through multimedia-based materials and task-oriented exercises while exploring some of the most popularly discussed topics in contemporary China. These topics include angry youth, the generation gap, the problem of privacy, and the crisis of pollution, among many others.

This course will be highly interactive. Students will be expected to develop skills for eloquent discussions and thorough comprehension. In addition to the conventional print texts, the textbook, China in Depth: An Integrated Course in Advanced Chinese, utilizes various alternative media such as online audio and video materials. This will efficiently facilitate the learning process while students develop advanced-level proficiency in Chinese as well as foster their critical thinking.

This course is designed for those who have completed advanced courses Level 301~306 at CI and preferably for those who have also completed other advanced courses at CI, such as Advanced Reading and Heritage Chinese Advanced. It is also a course for anyone who has an overall advanced level of skills in reading and speaking the Chinese language.

Required Textbook:
China in Depth: An Integrated Course in Advanced Chinese, 《焦点中国》, published by Peking University Press and Better Chinese, 2015 https://www.betterchinese.com/products/bk001650

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No class November 23)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Not sure which level to register for?
Schedule an appointment for a quick assessment! Please contact Tina Fang at tfang@chinainstitute.org, or call (212) 744-8181, ext. 150.

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