MANDARIN 101: INTRODUCTORY MANDARIN, Part 1
Offered: Introductory courses beginning in Term 2 and carrying on throughout the year.
Please note that this course is only offered if sufficient numbers register. Please contact us (via the form on our Contact page using the Menu Bar above) if you are unsure about registering. If you do register, and this course is cancelled due to low enrolment, please be advised that we will refund your tuition in full.
Our Introductory Mandarin 101 course focuses on basic conversation, vocabulary, grammar, a little Pinyin and writing. During our first term, our course empowers you to build sentences, make some simple conversation, and learn appropriate expressions for different situations. And learning about Chinese culture island integral part of our teaching methodology.
Those who already understand and speak some Mandarin, but who do not know how to read and write, may also chose to enrol in the Mandarin 101 course.
Subsequent Term courses of Introductory Mandarin (i.e. our Mandarin 102-103 courses) continue with reading and writing practice, introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the rest of the year.
Day and Time: Our 2022 Term 2 course begins on Tuesday 10 May 2022, 6:30-8:00pm (New Zealand time) and continues for eight weekly sessions, with the final class of the Term on Tuesday 28 June 2022.
Note: Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.
Location: EarthDiverse, 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (see map below under Location tab), on-line via Zoom, or through video recordings of our live-streamed sessions posted 1-2 days after each class.
Distance Learning: This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:
- attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time,
- attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time,
- watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.
These options can be mixed and matched throughout the course to suit your own availability and location.
Anne Cao, MA is originally from Beijing. She has worked in a wide range of industries, particularly education, media, sport, and tourism. She has a master’s degree in International Business from Massey University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Management from the University of Science & Technology, Beijing. With over 20 years of work experience in the education sector of both China and New Zealand, she has a good understanding of the languages and cultures. She was also a teacher in Beijing and taught Chinese for the local community previously in New Zealand. She loves New Zealand’s natural environment and started the New Zealand Cherry Blossom Festival with her husband, is passionate about multicultural New Zealand, manages a beautiful rural property and welcomes people from all over the world. She was a journalist in education in both New Zealand and China and is involved in the community and different community groups. Anne was a professional basketball player at the age of 15 and a regional basketball representative in China and New Zealand. Among her many civic pursuits, Anne is also a business consultant and is also teaching Mandarin Chinese for EarthDiverse.
In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our language courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.
Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.
Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Cost per person per Term (8 classes):
- Waged: NZ$150 (includes GST + online registration fee)
- Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): NZ$125 (includes GST + online registration fee)
Prices for Waged and Unwaged registrants remain the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing our courses. This means that you have the option to mix and match access between attending our regularly-scheduled live class sessions in our Hamilton classrooms, accessing our live class sessions on-line via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class meeting time (no matter where you are located), or watching the video-recorded sessions anywhere at a time and date of your choosing. This allows you to study at your own pace and in your own time.
Once registered, you have three choices for attending your course:
- attend our in-person class sessions in our Hamilton classrooms,
- Zoom in to our live classroom sessions and participate in discussions,
- access the live-recorded class sessions each week. This allows you to register for an entire course, even though the scheduled class session day/time may not be suitable to your schedule. You may also use this option to watch any recorded session for review, or in case you may miss a class session due to prior engagement, being away, or due to illness. This allows you to catch up with any “missed” sessions at a more suitable time.
Once registered, you will receive detailed instructions on how to access our courses via either of the distance-learning options, i.e. live access via Zoom, or watching the video-recorded sessions.
The course fee includes all teaching materials.
You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be emailed to you as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.
LOCATION: All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front on Anglesea Street.
DISTANCE-LEARNING: You get to chose your location when you Zoom in to our live classroom sessions, or access our classes at your leisure and at a time and day of your choosing by watching the video recorded sessions from each class. This allows you to study at your own pace.