Beginning Chinese I

Product Details
Author(s): Fang I S Chen
ISBN: 9781644960738
Edition: 1
Copyright: 2019
Available Formats
Format: GRLContent (online access)



Overview of
Beginning Chinese I


This course is designed to develop the fundamental communication skills in Mandarin Chinese, including listening, comprehension, reading and basic conversation. The emphasis is on the comprehension of native spoken and written Chinese. The course introduces Chinese characters and the pronunciation system. It also presents general aspects of Chinese daily life and culture.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish and recognize of 250 spoken Chinese words.
  2. Interpret spoken Chinese appropriately and correctly respond to questions orally and/or in written form.
  3. Construct written sentences and short essays that illustrate appropriate use of vocabulary and grammatical structures.
  4. Compose written paragraph of approximately 120 Chinese characters in length.
  5. Select and use appropriate vocabulary and grammar rules in formulating spoken Chinese sentences.
  6. Identify and describe aspects of Chinese culture.

About the Author
Fang I S Chen

Joanne Chen

Professor of Chinese, Irvine Valley College, CA, USA

Education: B.A. History - National Taiwan University, Taipei,

M.A. Art History - Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA


Professor Chen was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from NTU, she came to the US to pursue her graduate studies and started to teach Chinese. She has taught Chinese at secondary schools and college level students and has over fifteen years of experience. Professor Chen is also involved in many volunteer projects in local Chinese schools, including language teacher's workshops, writing curricula of Chinese courses; and developing computer aided language learning projects. She has over 20 academic presentations at ACTFL, Chinese language teaching conferences and California Language Teacher’s Association since 1996. Professor Chen utilizes her many years of teaching, traveling, and working with students to create the Total Chinese Beginning Chinese Level 1 and 2.


The CLERC Award of Distinction 2012

Outstanding Chinese Language Teacher of the year


The Chinese Language Teachers Association of Southern Californian (CLTA-SC, hyperlink ) board has unanimously selected IVC Professor Joanne Chen as the receiver of the 2012 CLERC (Chinese Language Education and Research Center) Award for Outstanding Chinese Teaching for her great contributions to CLTA-SC by offering her expertise in using technology for Chinese education. This award includes a two week visit to China with an all-expense-paid trip by CLERC.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Chinese Pronunciation Guide and Chinese Characters

Lesson 2 Greetings

Lesson 3 你叫什么名字?What is Your Name?

Lesson 4 What Is This? 这是什么?

Lesson 5 Chinese People 中国人

Lesson 6 How Many Books Do You Have? 你有几本书?

Lesson 7 My Family 我的家

Lesson 8 Where do you live? 你住在哪儿?

Lesson 9 What is your phone number? 你的电话号码是几号?

Lesson 10 Where Are You Going? 你去哪儿?

Lesson 11 Let’s Eat Chinese Food 我们吃中国菜

Lesson 12 What Day Is Today? 今天是几月几日?

Lesson 13 My Schedule 我的时间表

Lesson 14 Making Phone Calls 打电话

Lesson 15 Have You Eaten Yet? 你吃了吗?

Lesson 16 What Do You Want to Do? 你要做什么?