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Chinese III
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"I strongly believe that speaking Mandarin on a daily basis is the best method of remembering and internalizing the language. There is no better way for me to do this than by calling my friends at SM and chatting about course content, current events, or Chinese media. It has made a dramatic difference in my speaking ability. I am a big fan of topical course content. It really doesn't matter what the content is, only that it can provide a gateway to a lively discussion."
-- David Snowden

"I took daily lessons the summer before I moved to China. I was reluctant to do so because of the price, but I'm glad I did so. I would recommend to anyone stuck at the intermediate level. For beginners, though, it might make more sense to invest in some cheaper self-study materials at first."
-- Kevin McClung

"We piloted the project at Harvey Mudd College for four weeks and achieved excellent results. Our students found the experiences at once intense and liberating, challenging and relaxing. As a result, our students not only improved their proficiency in the course materials, but also had more confidence to use the language in real life."
-- Chang Tan, Professor at Harvey Mudd, Part of the Claremont Colleges

"At first I relied on to augment my formal classroom studies of the language. Now I'm no longer taking classes and exclusively use SpeakMandarin because it's so flexible and the teachers are excellent."
-- Tom Montgomery,, Air Force officer, U.S.

"I have been using SpeakMandarin as my main method of studying and practicing Chinese. The ability to ask for specific discussion topics allows me to study the things I really need for my job and helps me communicate better with Chinese companies. An advantage of SpeakMandarin is the quality of the teachers (they can prepare any lesson for you in less than 24 hours) and also the flexible schedule. I have already recommended some of my friends to try SpeakMandarin."
-- Andro Vazquez, lawyer and commercial Attaché in Beijing

"I see the SpeakMandarin program, when combined with the SuperMemo program, to be a nearly ideal way to learn a language online. The SuperMemo program allows the student to learn and practice on his own without help of a tutor, at his own convenience, and at his own pace. While the tutor gives much needed exposure to real-life conversation, corrections in speech, and so forth."
-- Keith E. Herzog.
Course Description
This course is the continuation of Integrated Chinese Level II. We will continue our journey to the world of listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. The student will be exposed to a broader variety of topics and more complicated sentence patterns, as well as more cultural foundations. The course further provides a basic understanding of Chinese history, important historical events, and historical figures.

Prerequisites for this session are: Integrated Chinese Level I-II, or equivalents. Before session starts, student is required to complete one online live assessment with one of's learning consultants in order to determine his/her current level. More importantly, to conduct an online assessment prior to the session starts will enable us to better understand student's situation and needs, so that to customize a step-by-step study plan.

We will be covering lesson 1-10 of Integrated Chinese Textbook Level 2 Part 1 at this level. While linguistic points including Pinyin and characters are important in the course, more focus will be paid to interactive oral practice with native speakers. Students will learn to communicate effectively with the language they study from the textbook and be confident in real-time conversations. In addition, the course continues developing awareness of the socio-linguistic and sociological differences between Chinese and American culture, a necessity for successful cross-cultural communication.
Course Content
* Unit1
1. To Begin a New Semester
2. Dormitory
By accomplishing Unit 1, students will be able to explain how to write your Chinese name; say where you were born and grew up; discuss the pros and cons of living on and off campus; express politely a dissenting opinion; name basic pieces of furniture in a house; describe your living quarters; comment on someone's living quarters; disagree tactfully.
Assignment: Students need to write an article about the place where they live using at least 5 sentences. Students will send the assignment to teacher by emails in word of PDF format.
By accomplishing this assignment, students will be able to describe their living quarters.

* Unit2
1. In a Restaurant
2. Shopping
By accomplishing Unit 2, students will be able to name for principal regional Chinese cuisines; order food and drinks; talk about what flavors you like or dislike; make your dietary restrictions and preferences known; name basic clothing, bedding and bath items; describe your shopping preferences and criteria; disagree with others tactfully.
Assignment: In-class Role-Play. Teacher will say: suppose you are in a Chinese restaurant. You are given a Chinese menu. Ask the waiter/waitress questions to order Chinese food. You can ask me about the materials, ingredients in the dishes. Also, make special requests on the flavor of food. I will be the waiter/waitress. Please note that you need to ask me at least 6 questions.
By accomplishing this assignment, students will be able to order food and drinks; talk about what flavors you like or dislike; make your dietary restrictions and preferences known.

* Unit3
1. Selecting Courses
2. Boyfriend vs. Girlfriend
By accomplishing Unit 3, students will be able to state your major area of study/academic department and some required general courses you have taken; talk about what you plan to do after graduating; explore what will enhance your future job opportunities; explain whether your family members have an influence on your choice of major and career path; share tips on how to save money on your education; say if you have an upbeat personality; state if you share the same interests or hobbies with others; inquire if everything is OK and find out what has happened; describe typical behaviors of a forgetful person; give a simple description what you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend tell what makes you anxious or angry.
Assignment: Personality Scale(in-class). Teacher will show some pictures and some characters in movie or cartoons in WebEx, and ask students to rate those people/characters' personalities with 1 representing the least cheerful and 5 the most cheerful. Then ,based on students' ratings, students will make comparisons among the characters and students themselves. By accomplishing this assignment, students will be able to describe personalities between different people.

* Unit4
1. Computer & Internet
2. To Work Part-time
By accomplishing Unit 4, students will be able to find out if others are angry with you and apologize if so; reduce potential tension in a conversation by changing the subject;let people know about the trouble you had to go through because of their thoughtlessness or carelessness; name your activities on the internet and discuss how you make use of the internet; discuss the pros and the cons of using the internet; review your monthly income and spending patterns; talk about how your balance your personal budget; name some possible reasons to work part-time while in school; discuss the pros and cons of working part-time while in school; describe what you dislike or what bothers you.
Assignment: Report. Students will prepare a report on positive and/or negative impact has had on their daily life and then make a presentation in class.
By accomplishing this assignment, students will be able to present the pros and the cons of using the internet.

* Unit5
1. Education
2. Chinese Geography
By accomplishing Unit 5, students will be able to comment if you had a stress-free childhood; name some typical classes offered in after-school programs; indicate agreement or disagreement; present your opinions; talk about parents' aspirations for their children; locate major Chinese cities, provinces, and rivers on the map; giver a brief introduction to the geographic features of China; compare some basic geographic aspects of China and the US; describe features that may attract you to or deter you from visiting a tourist site; plan a trip to China.
Assignment: Teacher will share a map of China in WebEx and ask students to locate major Chinese cities, provinces, and rivers.
By accomplishing this assignment, students will be able to introduce major Chinese cities, provinces, and rivers.