What is the Chinese language like?
- It has no inflection of words to indicate person, gender, number, tense, or mood. The meaning of a sentence relies on the context and word order.
- It is tonal language. There are many Chinese words whose meanings are differentiated by which of the 4 tones is assigned to them.
- It consists of a large number of dialects, which share the same written form but can be unintelligible when spoken.
- Written form of the language consists of square-shaped characters, and each of which is formed by a number of strokes.
- Radicals often provide clues to the meaning of the character, there are around 50 radicals often be used in modern Chinese.
What Chinese language courses will we have on the Dothan campus?
All the Chinese language classes will be in 10-weeks. The courses will be hosted by Chinese language professor from Beijing and develop learner abilities and skills and help learners gain valuable Chinese language training.
Elementary Chinese classes are designed to help you begin gaining mastery of all the basic skills of Mandarin Chinese. Learn to speak, listen, read, write and understand the cultural context in which words are used.
Intermediate Chinese classes are as a further of elementary Chinese classes which will help learners develop 5C (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities) abilities and skills.
Business Chinese Classes will help learners understand simple sentences in business interactions. Learners will learn proper business manners and understand business-related conversations and cultures.
Elementary and Intermediate Chinese language classes are an exciting program for adults by Confucius Institute at Troy University Dothan campus. The program provides a unique opportunity for adults to learn Chinese language and culture. Courses focus on basic Chinese vocabulary and simple daily life conversations. Students build their Chinese language skills via interesting class activities. Chinese culture is explored in the classroom using Chinese character writing, calligraphy, food and mannerisms. It is a fun and rich learning experience for all adults.
Textbook: Easy Steps to Chinese 1 (2006) Yamin Ma. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press. www.blcup.com/
Business Chinese is an exciting program for adults by Confucius Institute at Troy University Montgomery. The program provides a unique opportunity for adults to learn business Chinese language and culture. Courses focus on basic business Chinese vocabulary, four tones and neutral tones, word order, grammar and simple business conversations.