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Class Update!

We are so excited to announce Mr. Jenwei Kuo(郭震威) will be our new teacher of Adult Conservation Class. Mr. Kuo is a very professional educator with amazing and extensive experiences in Chinese language.Here is his introduction.

    Mr. Kuo is a native Chinese and has lived in the United States for over thirty years.  During this period, he dedicated himself to the search for a solution that would eliminate language acquisition barriers and facilitate the learning and teaching of Chinese.

As a result, Mr. Kuo invented a neuro-scientifically validated theorem called the 'Delta Method' that helps students reuse their native language knowledge (English) to learn a target language (Chinese) in a truly natural, intuitive, and brain-friendly manner. In other words, through the Delta Method, you are learning the way how your brain works and likes. Accordingly, Mr. Kuo has published two complementary books: ‘New Method Chinese’ and ‘Glue Language.’

In his language teaching career, he had been a Language Director for Middlebury College’s summer immersion program, a Mandarin instructor at Ravenscroft School and the companies such as, IBM, Intel, and Cree. 

Come, let’s explore the power of the Delta Method!

Course Materials

Textbooks:

1) New Method Chinese (Level I textbook, red cover)

2) Glue Language 2.0

Author: Jenwei Kuo 

成人班 Adult Conversation Class: 汉语拼音/简体中文为主,正体中文为辅。

Adult Conversation Class: For non-native adult speakers to learn Hanyu Pinyin and Simplified Chinese characters. Traditional Chinese characters will also be touched upon in the class.


CHCLCS-week Syllabus


Week 1

Introduction to China (Geography and History)

Week 2

Introduction to Mandarin: Pinyin

Week 3

Introduction to Mandarin: Characters

Week 4-6

Lesson 1: Greetings

A. Study words and phrases commonly used in greetings and exchanging names

B. the following language structures

  • Hello. / Hi.

  • My surname is …; My name is …

  • May I ask, what is your honorable surname? (formal)

  • What is your name? (casual)

  1. Study the use of polite ‘question header’ phrase: May I ask (Qǐng wèn)

  2. Glue Language

  3. Culture Center: Familiar with Chinese naming structure and greeting gestures

Week 7-9

Lesson 2: I Am An American

  1. Study words and phrases commonly used in the conversation of, “Where are you from?”

  2. Study the following language structures

  • I am an American.

  • Are you an American?

  • I come from New York.

  • I live in Beijing.

  • How are you? How do you do?

  • The use of , , and

  1. Studythe use of the question tags: ‘ma?’, ‘ne?’

  2. Glue Language

  3. Culture Center: Familiar with ‘érhuà’ 儿化 and how to transition from to , etc.


Week 10-12

Lesson 3: Introducing Friends

      1. Study words and phrases commonly used in introducing friends

      2. Study the following Chinese-specific usages

  • to see you (kàn dào nǐ看到你)

  • Let me … (ràng wǒ lái 让我来)

  • is not (bú shì 不是)

  • Do not have … (méi yǒu 没有)

  1. Study the use of the following exclamations to enrich a conversation

  • Oh, yes! (Shì a! 是啊!)

  • Oh! (O! )

  • Oh, by the way! (O, duì le! 哦,对了!)

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with China’s ethnic groups




Week 13-15

Lesson 4: Taking Classes

A. Study new words and phrases used in taking classes

B. Study the following usages

  • Counting numbers

  • Unit (measure) word

  • Time element and other adverbials

  • when asking for a number

  • What (shénme 什么)

  • Too … ! = Tài … le! 了!

C. Glue Language

D. Culture Center: Familiar with the school grade/year system in China

  • College, high school, middle school, primary school, kindergarten

  • Compulsory education


Week 16-18

Lesson 5: What Time Is It?

A. Study new words and phrases in the application of asking about time

B. Study the following language structures

  • What time is it?

  • Where do you live?

  • I still have some chores…

  • I will escort you back to your dorm.

  • Various time telling structures

    1. Study the use of the following

  • the ordinal numbers

  • yī diǎnr 一点儿 (some, a little bit), dōu (all), nǎr 哪儿 (where)

  • Verb + de + adjective’ construct

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with China’s boarding schools


Week 19-21

Lesson 6: There Are Seven People in My Family

A. Study new words and phrases in the application of talking about family members

B. Study the following question structures

  • Lead by ‘Do’: Do you miss home?

  • Lead by ‘How many’: How many people are there in your family?

    1. Study the use of the following

  • kǒu , the unit word for family members

  • Titles for family members

  • Adjective tag ‘de’

  • The verb-occurrence tag or Past-tense tag ‘le’

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with China’s family life, population, and family planning policies



Week 22-24

Lesson 7: Self-Introduction

  1. Study words and phrases commonly used in self-introduction

  2. Study hosting a social meeting

  3. Study the use of the following

  • Verb phrases

  • Noun phrases

  • Verb phrases vs. noun phrases applications

  • Think , return , other 别的, once again 再一次

  1. Glue Language

  2. Culture Center: Familiar with popular Chinese sports and hobbies


Week 25-27

Lesson 8: What Date Is That Day?

      1. Study words and phrases commonly used regarding a calendar: Year, Month, Day, Week

B. Study using the following question structures

  • Question phrase: verb not verb

  • Question phrase: verbadj not vebadj

  • Question word: ‘shéi’ who

  • Question word: ‘jǐ’ how many

    1. Study the use of the following words and phrases

  • Please , so/really , How does it sound? 怎么样?

  • Emphatic adverb

  • Verb Phrase = Initiating Verb + Resulting Verb/Adjective

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with Chinese birthday celebration


Week 28-30

End of year skit presentation preparation

Lesson 9: Daily Schedule

A. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in describing daily schedules

B. Fluent with following patterns and structures

  • first…, then… = xiān…, zài… , ; yòu

  • It is much past 12 o’clock.

C. Fluent with the use of the following Chinese-specific phrases

  • yí xià一下, bǔxí补习, bù hǎo yìsi不好意思, zěnmeyàng怎么样

  • jiùvs. cái , nàme那么

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with class structures at school

F. Familiar with Radicals: shí (), gōng , , ()

G. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities

Lesson 10: Speaking Chinese

A. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in a conversation about speaking Chinese

B. Fluent with following language structures

  • After having some coffee, …

  • I feel much better.

  • You speak Chinese well.

  • I don’t speak Chinese well.

C. Fluent with the use of the following

  • huì; gēn; yī diǎnr一点儿; jiù; de ; zěnme怎么; zhème 这么

  • duō; de duō; duō jiǔ多久; 虽然,但是

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with Chinese cuisines and grocery shopping

F. Familiar with Radicals: tóu, cùn, dāo() , quǎn ()

G. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities

Lesson 11: Making Phone Call

A. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in making a telephone call

B. Fluent with following language structures

  • May I ask, is … in?

  • This is s/he.

  • Who is this please?

  • How do I get to your house?

  • Why didn’t you say it earlier?

    1. Fluent with the use of the following

  • With… 一起, because 因为, therefore 所以, how怎么, why为什么, earlier早点儿; Chinese-specific additive: bǎ; Auxiliary verbs

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with China’s entrance examinations to high schools and colleges

F. Familiar with Radicals: mǎ, s, tián, bái

G. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities

Lesson 12: Telling Direction

A. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in giving directions

B. Fluent with following language structures

  • The application of ‘hǎo + verb’

  • English prepositional phrase: definition and applications

  • Use of English prepositional phrase as a ‘specifier’ in Chinese structure

  • English maps to Chinese rule: Specifier precedes specifyee

C. Glue Language

D. Culture Center: Familiar with China’s bus, subway, and address systems

E. Familiar with Radicals: shān , c, zú , lì

F. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities

Lesson 13: Be A Guest (1)

A. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in being a guest

B. Fluent with following language structures

  • Who is it? It’s I.

  • C’mon in please.

  • This is a small token from my heart.

  • Coming right up.

C. Fluent with the use of the following

  • jiù, dōu (all)

  • The emphatic sandwich: shì…de

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with polite expressions when praised

F. Familiar with Radicals: fù/, , , ér

G. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities

Lesson 14: Be A Guest (2)

  1. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in being a guest

  2. Fluent with following language structures

  • Emphatic sandwich shì…de

  • Not only…but also

  • I will do it myself.

  1. Fluent with the use of the following

  • yìsi意思, duō, cái shì才是

  • kànkan看看, chángchang尝尝, mànman慢慢

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with Chinese family members titles; talking about one’s age

F. Familiar with Radicals: lì, niǎo , , niú()

G. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities

Lesson 15: A Recollection

  1. Fluent with words and phrases commonly used in writing a recollection

  2. Fluent with following language structures

  • The perfect tense (have…for…)

  • a(x+y) = ax + ay

  • I like to eat her Xiang Su Ya.

  • Continue with the emphatic sandwich:

  1. Fluent with the use of the following

  • Come to来到; to relieve someone’s busyness; like …一样

  • Having a bit sense of 有点儿; every…

D. Glue Language

E. Culture Center: Familiar with Chinese table manners; what do good friends do together?

F. Familiar with Radicals: mù, chóng, , jīn()

G. Using the workbook to build Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing abilities