Chinese IV OpenCourseWare (streamlined): A Free Bachelor Level Course by MIT on Chinese Communication

Published Feb 11, 2009

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'Chinese IV (streamlined)', which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers as free OpenCourseWare, is part of a streamlined course sequence for students whose Mandarin speaking skills surpass their reading and writing ability. After completing 'Chinese IV (streamlined)', students can expect to converse in standard Chinese with relative fluency, and also read and communicate using simplified and traditional Chinese characters at an intermediate level.

Chinese IV (streamlined): Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Chinese IV (streamlined): Course Description

'Chinese IV (streamlined)' was designed for the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at MIT by Professor Tong Chen. The original lecture course was conducted entirely in Mandarin. It was created for students who have previous conversational experience, but didn't acquire reading and writing skills in step with their spoken language ability. 'Chinese IV (streamlined)' is the fourth in a series of 'streamlined' courses designed for this unique type of student, and it consolidates the intermediate Chinese pronunciation, grammar, reading and writing skills that were introduced in the previous three classes. Special emphasis is placed on teaching students, who may have learned spoken Chinese in a colloquial setting, standard Mandarin grammar and word usage.

Course materials available through 'Chinese IV (streamlined)' OpenCourseWare include homework assignments, audio files for practice, downloadable grammar and word usage practice and links to related course content. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the Mandarin Chinese course page.

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