• Chinese Plus Logo

This course is part of the Contemporary Chinese III ExpertTrack

New

Contemporary Chinese III: 3.1

Expand your knowledge and skills of Chinese Mandarin and learn to build more natural conversations with cultural context.

A Chinese father teaching his young son and daughter traditional Chinese calligraphy
  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 1 of 2
  • Get full ExpertTrack access

    $39/monthFind out more

Master more complex Chinese concepts to boost your language skills

This six-week course from ChinesePlus will guide you through the next steps in your Chinese Mandarin journey. You’ll build on your vocabulary to compose more complex sentences and construct better conversations, while also exploring Chinese culture in more depth.

Discover how Chinese people express love

You’ll start this course by learning two types of sentences: the “把” sentences with resultative complements or directional complements, and the “是 … 的” sentences to recount, describe or comment upon a subject.

Then, you’ll build on this foundation by exploring how to talk about seasons and nature in Chinese, as well as how Chinese people express love, with a focus on plant symbolism in both areas.

Explore the different dialects in Chinese and the rise of putonghua

China is a vast nation and each region has its own customs and various spoken languages. With the development of China’s economy, putonghua (based on the Northern dialect) is becoming more and more popular.

You’ll learn about the different language accents via dialogues and articles as well as the different dialects across China. You’ll also explore how to discuss multicultural issues in Mandarin Chinese by learning specific Chinese character patterns and variations.

Develop your Mandarin writing skills with a focus on written communication

When learning a language, there are four areas that you need to build skills in: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

During the last week of this course, you’ll focus on writing; composing an email to reinforce your learning. Through this, you’ll also explore the reduplication of verbs, numerical phrases and fractions.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    A Red Leaf

    • Welcome to Contemporay Chinese III: 3.1

      Welcome to Contemporary Chinese III: 3.1. In this part, we will provide basic information about this course.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • Maple leaves are more beautiful than flowers.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Maple leaves are more beautiful than flowers” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • A red leaf is a heart.

      In this part, we will study an article about “A red leaf is a heart” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 2

    Radish with a fancy core

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • What does he know as a baby?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “What does he know as a baby” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • The choice at one reveals a child’s future.

      In this part, we will study an article about “The choice at one reveals a child’s future” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 3

    Chinglish

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • Don’t be too hard on yourself.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Don’t be too hard on yourself” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • English “Putonghua”

      In this part, we will study an article about “English ‘Putonghua’” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 4

    Each has his own likes

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • What don’t you understand?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “What don’t you understand” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Radish or vegetable, to each his own.

      In this part, we will study an article about “Radish or vegetable, to each his own” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 5

    Getting lost

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • Do I have to take all these things?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Do I have to take all these things” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • I often get lost.

      In this part, we will study an article about “I often get lost” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 6

    Keep in touch

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • An email

      In this part, we will study an article about “An Email” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

    • Test & Summary

      In this part, we will provide an overall test consisting of two sections for this course and summarize what we have learned in this course.

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

Download a PDF

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify key categories of vocabulary
  • Collect more grammatical structures and sentence patterns
  • Create conversations and short paragraphs
  • Practice narrating stories and reading more complex texts
  • Demonstrate communication skills in Chinese
  • Engage in wider range of topics related to current China
  • Explore aspects of Chinese culture
  • Develop general knowledge of China

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning the Chinese language. To benefit from this course, you will need a good command of basic to intermediate Chinese words, expressions, and grammatical structures.

It is recommended that you complete the Contemporary Chinese 1 ExpertTrack and the Contemporary Chinese 2 ExpertTrack first as they will give you the foundation you need for this course.

Who will you learn with?

AFHEA, a Chinese teacher from Fudan University, has been teaching Chinese in China, Cameroon, Ecuador, the UK and Australia (remotely) for over ten years.

Who developed the course?

ChinesePlus

Chinese Plus lends support to domestic and foreign educational institutions, social organizations, and enterprises to take part in Online Chinese Class and set up localized platforms to conduct remote online Chinese education. It offers an all-in-one service package that includes online “teaching, learning, testing, and researching” as well as Chinese-centered online preparatory courses and “Chinese + vocational education” courses, among other services.

  • Established

    2020
  • Location

    Beijing, China

About this ExpertTrack

Explore intermediate-level Chinese and boost your knowledge of Chinese grammar and sentence structure for better communication.

Start learning today - free 7-day trial

After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
  • Keep access to the content of courses you complete even after your subscription ends

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Do you know someone who'd love this course? Tell them about it...