Thursdays 6 - 7:30 pm
is an absolute beginner, from scratch, "This is Mandarin Chinese" intro
language class. This will be my third year teaching this class for
ALESN. I welcome new students as well as returning students, but I need
any returning students to understand that I will be brutally hard on
you this year and encourage you to quit my class immediately if you cannot already
speak acceptable basic Mandarin as a result of taking whichever ALESN Mandarin classes you may have taken in the past.
class will be
fun, but difficult, and I am not going to hold anyone's hand this year.
We have many new students to ALESN with a keen desire to learn Mandarin;
I do not wish to waste time this year fixing major pronunciation
problems for returning students. If you tried last year and for whatever
reason were unable to speak convincing basic Mandarin at the end of the
academic year, maybe Chinese is not for you. Please consider not
signing up for my class this year before you take a spot away from a
brand new student with a brand new desire to learn Chinese. Thanks in
past years, my focus as a teacher this year will be accurate
tones at the cost of all else. My single-minded goal for everything that
I teach this year will be to have my students all eventually speak
intelligible Mandarin, OR QUIT MY CLASS
BECAUSE YOU DETERMINE THAT YOU CANNOT PUT IN ADEQUATE TIME OR EFFORT TO
DO SO. By this, I mean that if you take this class and succeed in
accomplishing this goal, you will be able to initiate and participate in
brief conversations with native speakers who do not already know you,
and you will be understood at a very basic level when saying hello, or
introducing yourself, or asking for the time, or asking where the
bathroom is located. If you put in the time and effort, you will also be
able to understand a small portion of the Mandarin Chinese spoken back to you
before and after you speak.
I intend to proceed at a slightly
faster pace than last year. My goal is to cover the first 8 lessons of
our 10 lesson textbook. Last year, I covered up to Lesson 7 Dialogue 2.
Our textbook this year will be the same for all ALESN Beginning Mandarin sections:
Integrated Chinese Third Edition Textbook, Level 1 Part 1, your choice of Traditional or Simplified Characters.
We are teaching from the THIRD EDITION TEXTBOOK -- not the second
edition or the workbook or the character workbook or any of a number of
other resources by the same publisher. If you don't know what this
means, look it up.
This is a very popular college and
university textbook and is quite expensive -- even used on Amazon. I
have owned both the Simplified and Traditional Characters Versions over
the years and I think used copies usually run between $25 and $40. I
believe that a brand new copy at Barnes and Noble, which usually stocks
or can order this for you, costs around $70. There are also multiple PDF
versions of this book available online, though this is NOT a public
domain textbook, so I will NOT be the one to provide my students with
download links. 30 seconds on Google and half a brain can get you a free
PDF copy of this book if you feel the need to go that route.
Once accepted to my class, please download or purchase this textbook or borrow and copy the intro pronunciation and tones lesson pages
(the roman numeral pages prior to Lesson 1) and bring these pages to
your first class; we will jump right into the material after brief
Thanks for your interest in my class, and I look forward to teaching you this year!