If you have little or no previous knowledge of Mandarin, this is the right level for you. Learn phonetics and study the tonal system of Mandarin. You also learn to share information about yourself, discuss your family and ask basic questions of those around you allowing you to function in everyday settings. The use of Pin-Yin, the rendition of Chinese characters in the Latin alphabet, facilitates the learning process for students at the elementary level. Native-speaking instructors provide you with insight into the culture, traditions and etiquette of China.
This course can be applied to the UBC Award of Achievement in Chinese.
This course is offered 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our online conversational language courses offer you a real-time virtual classroom experience where you can see and interact with your teacher and classmates. Each week, you log in at a set time to your class using our intuitive learning management platform, Canvas. Through Canvas, you access Zoom, a web conferencing app, for your live class. Just like in a classroom, you do individual, pair and group work, ask questions and receive verbal feedback from your instructor.
Outside of class time, you can access handouts and other materials online at your own pace and rhythm. You might be doing readings or watching videos to prepare for your next class, or practising with the material you have learned in your previous class. You do get out what you put in.
In order for a virtual classroom to be successful, we want to see your faces! Please be prepared to participate with your video turned on. We provide virtual drop-in sessions for you to test out the Zoom app before your first day of class. We will also send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your course begins.