Beginner and Intermediate Chinese Language Classes

Confucius Institute logoThe Confucius Institute for Healthcare at SUNY College of Optometry is a joint project of SUNY College of Optometry, Wenzhou Medical University and the Chinese government through Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban), a public institute affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The Confucius Institute for Healthcare at SUNY College of Optometry provides Chinese Language and Culture courses and Tai Chi courses, holds a variety of events on language, culture and Healthcare, and is a center for Chinese language tests including HSK, HSKK and BCT tests.

Register for Beginner or Intermediate Chinese Language Classes

Communicative Chinese 101 (CCHN 101)

Communicative Chinese 101 (CCHN 101) is customized for beginners who have never learned Mandarin before.  CCHN 101, starting from fall semester, 2019, will cover 12 topics in everyday situations and introduce Pinyin, the Mandarin phonetic system.  CCHN 101 will be presented by a professional and experienced instructor mainly in Pinyin, instead of Chinese characters. The students will develop listening and speaking skills as well as cultural awareness to communicate with people in Mandarin with confidence.

Upon completing CCHN 101, the students will be able to:

  • Read Pinyin in Mandarin;
  • Make self-introduction and introduce friends and others;
  • Order food, buy daily necessities, ask for directions and express likes and dislikes;
  • Talk about colors and weather, dates and time, sports and activities, family and pets;
  • Understand 150 words and phrases in Pinyin.

After completing the course, the students are encouraged to take HSK Level One to win a scholarship for 2 week winter/summer camp in China.

Duration: 10 weeks
When: Every Tuesday
Start Date:  See program flyer
Class Dates:  See program flyer
Beginner level: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: Room 1118
Cost: Free for SUNY Optometry students, faculty and staff. $50 for community members.

Communicative Chinese (CCHN 102)

Students who have completed Communicative Chinese 101 (CCHN 101) or those who have learned Chinese language for six months, are encouraged to take Communicative Chinese 102 (CCHN 102). CCHN 102, beginning in fall semester, 2019, will further develop students’ conversational skills by exploring 12 topics in business and healthcare scenarios. Students will learn more complicated sentence structures and word formation patterns. They will also be introduced to write some simple Chinese characters.

Upon completing CCHN 102, the students will be able to:

  • Understand 300 words and phrases in Pinyin.
  • Perform tasks at a school, bank, hotel, airport, hospital, cinema, and supermarket.
  • Learn to bargain, make a complaint, and voice opinions.

After completing the course, the students are encouraged to take HSK Level Two to win a scholarship for 4 week winter/summer camp in China.

Duration: 10 weeks
When: Every Wednesday
Start Date:  See program flyer
Class Dates:  See program flyer
Intermediate level: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: Room 1118
Cost: Free for SUNY Optometry students, faculty and staff. $50 for community members.