conversational MANDARIN - NOVICE i

  • The class is limited to maximum of 15 students.

  • Eight two hours teacher-led in-person class meetings.

  • Eight one hour online meetings is totally real time (not asynchronous online video class) and highly interacts with our teachers.

  • One to two hours each week self-paced online learning through Google Classroom, Quizlet, Kahoot!, and MyCT.

  • SUMMER 2022 COURSE: JUN 2022 TO JULY 2022:

IN-PERSON: 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27

ONLINE: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28

Registration is open at FUHSD Adult School website.


This fast-paced hybrid Summer class is suitable for learners of different professions across various age groups who've had some previous exposure to Mandarin/Chinese (e.g. familiar with PinYin System, 200+ basic words) and would like to review and brush up on their existing listening, speaking, reading, writing and basic daily conversation skills. Students will continue be introduced to Mandarin traditional characters, word usage, sentence patterns and grammar.

This eight weeks Summer class explores a variety of everyday topics using Novice-level Mandarin language skills to communicate useful information with tasks directly associated with social situations such as exchanging greetings, making acquaintances, and identifying a number of familiar objects from the surroundings. Learners will find interactions helpful in personal lives, workplaces, traveling or business occasions, which helps solidify the foundation in the Mandarin language. We will also discuss a variety of relevant topics, including but not limited to Chinese cultures.

  • Be able to ask questions and respond to questions about family, leisure activities, holidays, health, work etc.

  • Can understand basic phrases and familiar words provided that the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to give assistance.

  • Can get an idea of the content of simple informational material and short simple descriptions, especially if there is visual support.


Professor HSI-CHI LEE

  • Ph. D., Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Chinese as a Second Language / TCSL, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Master’s Degree, Applied Linguistics, Indiana University/IU, Bloomington, IN

  • Director, Mandarin Chinese Center, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Certificate of Proficiency for Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, ROC

  • 25 years Mandarin & English teaching; 10 years Mandarin teacher training

Sample: Lesson 7

NOVICE I Workbook