Beginning Chinese 1-2

East China Normal University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Beginning Chinese 1-2

  • Host University

    East China Normal University

  • Location

    Shanghai, China

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Chinese

  • Language Level

    True Beginning

  • Prerequisites

    This class is designed for students who have learned Chinese phonetics and some basic vocabulary.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    234 - 252
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    15 - 16
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    22 - 24
  • Overview

    Students will take three courses simultaneously at this level: “Elementary Integrated Course I”, “Elementary Oral Course I” and “Elementary Listening Course I”.



    • 40 Lessons for Basic Chinese Course I 基础汉语 40 课 (上) 
    • Developing Chinese – Elementary Speaking Course I 发展汉语 – 初级口语 I 
    • Developing Chinese – Elementary Listening Course I 发展汉语 – 初级听力 I 

    Elementary Integrated Course I
    This class is designed for students who have learned Chinese phonetics and some basic vocabulary. We will begin from Lesson 6 and finish the first volume of the book. Lessons 6 to 15 will cover the same material as in Course 1-1. Lessons 15-20 will additionally include: daily interactions, reading letters, emergencies, and restaurant menus. At the end of the semester, the goal is for students to have command of 791 vocabulary words and 56 basic Chinese grammar patterns. 

    Elementary Oral Course I
    Students in this class will have some basic daily conversations in Chinese. This class covers the same textbook as in Course 1-1 but begins with lesson 6 and goes to lesson 23. Lessons 6-23 cover topics like health, at the post office, food, weather, television programs, etc. 

    Elementary Listening Course I
    Students will practice listening and understanding native Chinese speakers talking at a relatively normal speed, about 160-180 characters/minute.  Lessons 6 to 21 in the first volume of Developing Chinese – Elementary Listening Course will be covered. 

Course Disclaimer

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.