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Contemporary Chinese IV: 4.1

Elevate your Chinese language skills to an advanced level, embrace the Chinese culture, and improve your employment opportunities.

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    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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Expand your Chinese vocabulary and construct more natural conversations

On this five-week course from ChinesePlus, you’ll begin your advanced Chinese journey. With the basic and intermediate language knowledge as your foundation, you’ll learn new vocabulary, phrases, and paragraph structures to make your Chinese dialogue much more natural.

Explore expressing emphasis, complaints, and criticisms in Chinese Mandarin

You’ll look at how to express emphasis and negation in Chinese via dialogues and articles; being introduced to new vocabulary through audio and visual tasks.

Later in the course, you’ll build on this by learning ways to construct sentences and paragraphs that express complaints and criticism in Chinese.

Discover the Chinese language structure to tell a story in chronological order

Storytelling is a vital part of any language and many conversations revolve around the art of telling a story, whether you’re recounting a real incident or weaving a fictional story.

This course will guide you through the keywords, phrases, and sentence structures needed to tell a story in chronological order. Through listening, reading, writing, and speaking in Chinese, you’ll grow your storytelling skills, being able to understand others’ stories as well as tell your own.

Explore more cultural aspects of China such as family and relationships

With any language, there are many cultural nuances such as the way we address elders or the myths that shape metaphors. It’s important to understand the culture behind a language to fully embrace the language and avoid offending others.

You’ll finish each week of this course by exploring a different aspect of Chinese culture. These topics include the Chinese philosophy of human relationships, the 4-2-1 family pattern that has emerged in recent years, and the Chinese number superstition, among other subjects.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Meaning of Work 工作的意义

    • Welcome to Contemporary Chinese VI: 4.1

      Welcome to Contemporary Chinese VI: 4.1. 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.

    • Dialogue: 干吗那么拼命

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “干吗那么拼命” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Article: 你为什么工作

      In this part, we will study an article about “你为什么工作” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Keywords Practice

      In this part, we will summarize the keywords 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

    Human Problem 人的问题

    • 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.

    • Dialogue: 我真想辞职

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “我真想辞职” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Article: 人的问题

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

    • Keywords Practice

      In this part, we will summarize the keywords 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

    The Sandwich Generation 上有老下有小

    • 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.

    • Dialogue: 实在没办法

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “实在没办法” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Article: 最后一班列车

      In this part, we will study an article about “最后一班列车” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Keywords Practice

      In this part, we will summarize the keywords 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

    Hope 希望

    • 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.

    • Dialogue: 城里的“希望小学”

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “城里的希望小学” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Article: 老师有请

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

    • Keywords Practice

      In this part, we will summarize the key words 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

    Winning the Lottery 中奖

    • 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.

    • Dialogue: 518,我要发

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “518,我要发” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Article: “白日梦”

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

    • Keywords Practice

      In this part, we will summarize the key words 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.

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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 key expressions and sentence patterns
  • Create conversations and long paragraphs
  • Debate on certain topics in Chinese
  • Report on survey results and findings
  • Practice narrating stories with rich details
  • 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 solid foundation of intermediate Chinese words, expressions, and grammatical structures.

It is recommended that you complete the Contemporary Chinese 1 ExpertTrack, the Contemporary Chinese 2 ExpertTrack, and the Contemporary Chinese 3 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

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Discover advanced-level Chinese language and expand your skills to help you fully comprehend the Chinese language and culture.

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