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A 21st-Century Approach to Language Learning: Online Mandarin I

With China’s increasing prominence on the world stage, learning Mandarin will provide a professional edge for many career paths. Through engaging, interactive, asynchronous online lessons that are designed and guided by expert language professionals, you conveniently and efficiently can take the first bold steps toward Mandarin language proficiency over 12 weeks. Acquire vocabulary and sentence patterns in communicative contexts, and gain a solid foundation in pronunciation—the click-and-hear tool allows you to listen to the accurate pronunciation of each word. Learn the Pinyin transliteration system and basic writing (choose to learn traditional or simplified characters with just one click). By the course’s conclusion, you will have 75 characters mastered. Learners will receive regular instructor feedback and will interact with one another both in chat rooms and live chat sessions. Though this course can be consumed fully online, there will be optional cultural experiences in the NYC area. This new technology-enhanced language learning format allows learners to study at their own pace and to make sequential progress closely overseen by the instructor. Sessions are conducted in Mandarin to the extent possible.

Students are strongly encouraged to register by Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to help ensure a seat in the class. Please contact the Department of Foreign Languages at sps.foreignlanguages@nyu.edu with any questions, or call 212-998-7150 to register.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Beginner-level conversational skills in Mandarin
  • Proficiency in basic Mandarin grammar

Ideal for

  • Absolute beginners to Mandarin
  • Individuals seeking a solid foundation in a new language, and the flexibility of an online course

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