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The Confucius Institute's language courses are listed below. For Online Registration information and Policies, please refer to the Centre for Training & Development’s website (Dawson College):

www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/ctd

Chinese Language Courses

Elementary Level 1

Prerequisite:
Level 1A: None
Level 1B: 30 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
Students will develop basic language skills, particularly in oral comprehension and expression. Course content includes grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation at an elementary level. This includes the Chinese phonetic alphabet, numbers, greetings, making an acquaintance and inquiry, the verbs “to be” and “to have”, questions and negative forms.

Textbook: Great Wall 1 (1A class = units 1-5) (1B class = units 6-10)

Elementary Level 2

Prerequisite:
Level 2A: 60 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 2B: 90 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
Students will acquire a fundamental knowledge of the rules of the language and continue to learn more words of locations, directions as well as the modal verbs. Class time will include conversation and listening comprehension activities. Students will practice concepts such as prepositions, adjectives, different questions, the comparative form and polite requests.

Textbook: Great Wall II (2A class = units 1-5) (2B class = units 6-10)

Elementary Level 3

Prerequisite:
Level 3A:  120 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 3B:  150 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
Students will develop grammatical accuracy in expression and further their understanding of general concepts in listening and reading comprehension. Students will become familiar with the differences between simple and continuous aspects, and will acquire intermediate knowledge of how to express themselves in the present, past, future. There will be vocabulary building exercises and discussions on everyday topics, as well as more complex speaking activities.

Textbook: Great Wall III (3A class = units 1-5) (3B class = units 6-10)

Elementary Level 4

Prerequisite:
Level 4A: 180 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 4B: 210 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
Students will develop their fluency and accuracy in oral expression, as well as increase their understanding of reading comprehension and the main grammar rules. Students will become familiar with more complex sentences and paragraphs. In addition to discussions of various topics and simulations of real-life situations, students will be given more exercises emphasizing the correct use of syntax and grammar rules.

Textbook: Great Wall IV (4A class = units 1-5) (4B class = units 6-10)

Intermediate Level 1

Prerequisite:
Level 1A: 240 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 1B: 270 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
Students will become more comfortable in oral expression, and achieve a higher level of writing abilities. They will acquire an understanding of more complex concepts in listening and reading comprehension, and will be able to develop simple texts. Students will feel confident expressing their ideas and feelings, exchanging their views and discussing aspects of culture and life in China and in Canada.

Textbook: Great Wall V (5A class = units 1-5) (5B class = units 6-10)

Intermediate Level 2

Prerequisite:
Level 2A: 300 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 2B: 330 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
This course will train students to read characters with some PINYIN help, and they will continue to develop their conversation skills. Students will learn to apply the rules of Chinese grammar in their writing.

Textbook: Great Wall VI (6A class = units 1-5) (6B class = units 6-10)

Advanced Level 1

Prerequisite:
Level 1A: 360 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 1B: 390 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
This course will develop students' conversation skills, and train them to read characters with minimum PINYIN help. They will learn grammar and its application.

Textbook: TBA

Advanced Level 2

Prerequisite:
Level 2A: 420 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 2B: 450 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
This course will train students at a post-intermediate level to further develop their Chinese language skills. The class will introduce vocabulary that is fundamental to business and provide useful and relevant dialogues and exercises. Students will not only improve their language skills but also knowledge of Chinese business culture and economic information.

Textbook: TBA

Advanced Level 3

Prerequisite:
Level 3A: 480 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge
Level 3B: 510 hours of previous instruction or equivalent knowledge

Course Duration: 30 hours
This course will train students at an advanced level to further develop their Chinese language skills. The class will introduce vocabulary that is fundamental to business and provide useful and relevant dialogues and exercises. Students will not only improve their language skills but also knowledge of Chinese business culture and economic information.

Textbook: TBA

Certificate Course

The Certificate in teaching Chinese Language (Teaching Methodology for CSL Teachers)

Prerequisite: Advanced knowledge of Chinese and fluent knowledge of English or French
Course Hours: 60
This course is designed to equip participants with the framework and skills to teach Chinese as a second language. The participants will learn to synergize the various pedagogic strategies in order to suit specific teaching objectives.

At the end of the course, students who have successfully completed all subject will be awarded:

  1. “Certificate in Teaching Chinese Language” from the Confucius Institute in Quebec;
  2. “Certificate in Teaching Chinese Language” from Beijing Normal University, China.

For more information, please contact us at:

Dawson College
confuciusinstitute@dawsoncollege.qc.ca  
3040 Sherbrooke St. W. Suite 2G.1-A
Montreal Quebec H3Z 1A4
Canada
1 (514) 933 - 0047

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