Intensive Chinese Course

Our elementary course uses an intensive format to help students quickly establish basic reading, speaking, listening and writing abilities. For the intermediate levels and above, we divide the course into elective and main classes. The main class focuses on reading, speaking, listening and writing, while the elective class is chosen of a student’s own accord and follows their own interests and learning needs.


Major Course Introduction

The main course will develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities. Every class has 6-12 students. Classes are separated into ten levels according to students' Chinese ability. The beginner course meets every day for three hours and focuses on basic language skills to quickly establish speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. After finishing the basic levels students should be able to get by in Taiwan without difficulty. In the intermediate levels and above, students can still attend for three hours a day, but the main class is only attended for two of these hours, while the third hour is the elective class (students who receive a student visa must attend an elective class). In the intermediate and advanced levels students gradually build up their Chinese language skills through conversation and by reading articles. Eventually students can read newspaper articles and watch the news unassisted.
 
Course Curriculum Vocabulary / Teaching Style / Course Content
Elementary 1
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 1
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 1
Elementary TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned: 450, Words Sentence Patterns: 50
1.The Elementary 1 course is for students who have never studied Chinese.
2.This course mainly uses Pinyin or bo-po-mo-fo, and focuses on Chinese tones, basic communication skills, eventually teaches Chinese characters and basic sentence structure.
Elementary 2
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 2
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 2
Elementary TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary learned: 930 Sentence Patterns: 90
1.The Elementary 2 course allows you to understand daily conversation. It also gives you a basic knowledge to meet your needs while living in Taiwan.
2.Using information from daily life you can give a self-introduction stating where you live, who you know and what things you like.
3.During conversation, if the person you are speaking to uses a slow and clear voice, you will be able to have a simple interaction.
Elementary 3
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 3
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 3
TOCFL Reading Skills Builder 1
Basic TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned: 1950 Sentence Patterns: 160
1.The Elementary 3 course is for students who can already hold a basic everyday conversation. Students use their fundamental Chinese to learn more complex sentence structures, grammar and vocabulary.
2.In this level you learn to understand most vocabulary related to personal information. For instance, you could explain your personal history, family background, details about shopping, location and work.
3.You can also have a conversation about routine daily tasks and exchange simple information on the topic.
4.After studying this level you will be able to say a simple narrative about yourself, including background, the environment, and personal affairs.
Pre-Intermediate 1
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 3
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 3
TOCFL Reading Skills Builder 2
Basic TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned: 2125 Sentence Patterns: 230
1.The Pre-intermediate 1 course mainly uses situations from the workplace, school and socializing as topics to explore. When encountering familiar situations in daily life with a speaker who uses clear and standard pronunciation, you can understand the point they are trying to get across. This level strengthens a student's listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities along with proper use of harder vocabulary and phrases.
2.When traveling in Taiwan, students will be able to handle most situations that could potentially arise.
3.Students will be able to write about familiar topics and topics of interest using basic Chinese.
Pre-Intermediate 2
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 4
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 4
TOFCFL Reading Skills Builder 3
Intermediate TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned: 2750 Sentence Patterns: 290
1.The Pre-intermediate 2 course mainly uses situations from the workplace, school and socializing as topics to explore. When encountering familiar situations in daily life with a speaker who uses clear and standard pronunciation, you can understand the point they are trying to get across. This level strengthens a student's listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities along with proper use of harder vocabulary and phrases.
2.When traveling in Taiwan, students will be able to handle most situations that could potentially arise.
3.Students will be able to write about familiar topics and topics of interest using basic Chinese.
4.After this course, students will be able to talk about their hopes and aspirations along with short and simple explanations.
Pre-Intermediate 3
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 4
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 4
TOCFL Reading Skills Builder 4
Intermediate TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned: 3375 Sentence Patterns: 360
1.The Pre-intermediate 3 course mainly uses situations from the workplace, school and socializing as topics to explore. When encountering familiar situations in daily life with a speaker who uses clear and standard pronunciation, you can understand the point they are trying to get across. This level strengthens a student's listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities along with proper use of harder vocabulary and phrases.
2.When traveling in Taiwan, students will be able to handle most situations that could potentially arise.
3.Students will be able to write about familiar topics and topics of interest using basic Chinese.
4.After this course, students will be able to talk about their hopes and aspirations along with short and simple explanations.
Intermediate 1
(1)Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 5
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 5
(2)Everyday Chinese Vol. 3
TOCFL Reading Skills Builder 5
Advanced TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned: 3800 Sentence Patterns 400
1.The course material for the intermediate levels is more in depth. Mainly because students have taken many classes already and the course is designed to reflect a higher level of understanding.
2.Students can understand the general meaning of abstract and complex articles. Discussions will cover both personal and professional topics.
3.After taking the course, students shouldn’t feel nervous about speaking and interacting more fluently with native speakers.
4.In terms of composition, students should be able to write detailed articles on a wide range of topics and discuss the pros and cons of an opinion.
Intermediate 2
(1)Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Vol. 5
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Workbook Vol. 5
(2)Everyday Chinese Vol. 3
TOCFL Reading Skills Builder 6
Advanced TOCFL Online Practice
Vocabulary Learned 4230 Sentence Patterns 430
1.Students taking the Intermediate 2 course can understand lengthier and more difficult texts while also interpreting deeper meaning that isn't explicitly stated.
2.Students can use Chinese to effectively communicate in work, social and academic settings.
3.Students will be able to fluently and freely express themselves, and shouldn't have to often pause and think about what words and phrases to say when speaking.
4.Students can write clearly about complex topics, and can composed organized articles which include a clear structure with relevant details.
Advanced Topic-based Class
Current Events
Thought and Society
Marketing and Business Topics
Vocabulary Learned: 4000-5000 Sentence Patterns: 500-700
1.The Advanced class mainly uses newspaper articles and editorials as teaching material. This allows students to easily understand more complex written information. During discussion, students can fluently express their opinions.
2.A student can summarize oral and written information, then explain the main points and debate them.
3.After taking the Advanced course, students should be able to understand more complicated circumstances and fully express what they are thinking without the risk of being misunderstood.