This course will help you quickly develop and master your Chinese language skills through nine weeks of virtual instruction. SIT will conduct placement tests to identify your language level at the start of the program. The course will be taught by native language instructors who have completed ACTFL OPI training and have more than 12 years of experience teaching Chinese language to foreign students. Instructors will use oral proficiency-based methods and interactive language teaching techniques to help you build your speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing skills.
Students will be expected to devote approximately 15 hours per week to this course over a nine-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones and it integrates both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous sessions may include three hours per week with the language instructor(s) doing drills and practicing conversation. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be determined together by instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.
Asynchronous activities may include approximately 10-12 hours per week on practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completing assignments. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.
In addition to this online course, SIT is also offering a three-week, supplementary, intensive Chinese Language J-term immersion program in Kunming, China.
- Rapidly build your Chinese language skills.
- Small group language study and individualized tutoring.
- Experienced Chinese language teachers who have received ACTFL training.