At this level, you should be able to understand most common and non-technical speech in Mandarin and be able to hold a conversation on a variety of topics, but still need improvement in more complex grammatical structures and complex sentence formation. A complete understanding of what is being communicated in the target language is essential to participate at this level. The needs of the students will determine specific topics in the class. Discussion topics include political, social and cultural topics relevant to the countries where the target language is spoken. You will improve your grammar and vocabulary through interesting conversational exercises such as debates, presentations, cultural discussions and small group work using authentic materials.
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.