Chinese I OpenCourseWare (streamlined): MIT's Free Undergraduate Intro Class on Mandarin Chinese

Published Feb 11, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'Chinese I (streamlined)' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original course is part of the streamlined Chinese language sequence offered to students who have already learned basic conversational skills (usually from Chinese-speaking family members), but who haven't learned to read and write Chinese characters. The course is for students who minor in Chinese, or for students who are taking Chinese to meet MIT's foreign language requirement.

Chinese I (streamlined): Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes Yes

Chinese I (streamlined): Course Description

'Chinese I (streamlined)' introduces the fundamentals of written and spoken Chinese. It was designed for students that already have a grasp of basic spoken Chinese, but haven't developed parallel literacy skills. Although it is geared toward students with basic knowledge of spoken Chinese, students with no Chinese language experience can also succeed in the course. Professors Tong Chen and Jin Zhang used a lecture-based format to teach 'Chinese I (streamlined).' The class teaches basic writing skills like stroke order, and crucial reading skills like radical recognition. 'Chinese I' students learn to read the simplified characters that are used on the Chinese mainland, as well as the traditional characters that are used in Taiwan. In addition, students learn elementary pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

'Chinese I (streamlined)' OpenCourseWare users can download class assignments, a sample exam, practice quizzes, end-of-semester essay instructions and links to various course-related material. If you interested in taking this free course, visit the beginning Mandarin Chinese course page.

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