Students will learn around 150 words and phrases to be able to understand and use simple words and phrases to be able to speak in basic conversation, including greetings, self-introductions, and small talk around a small range of topics, such as hobbies, shopping, date and time, weather and transportation, etc.
Students will learn over 300 words and phrases to communicate simply and directly on daily topics, such as daily routine, colors, clothes, shopping, food, study plans, movies, festivals, etc.
Students will learn over 600 words and phrases and be able to conduct basic communication in daily life, study and work. At this point, students will have a sufficient grasp of the Chinese language to communicate when traveling in China.
Students will learn over 1200 words and phrases and be able to discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and can communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers in most common situations. Topics covered include transportation, personality, health, education, etc.
Students will learn over 2500 words and phrases and be capable of understanding a wide range of Chinese media, including newspapers and magazines, films and TV, and can express their opinions and ideas in conversation, as well as write and deliver a full speech. Content is covered using complex articles of 600-800 words, exploring topics such as history, geography, sports, art, etc.
Students will learn around 5000 words and characters and reach second-language proficiency in the Mandarin Language, and can easily understand what they read and hear, and express sophisticated ideas and opinions smoothly and accurately in written and oral Chinese depending on the context. Content is covered using complex articles of around 1500 words, exploring broad topics and complex ideas such as sociology, culture, sustainability, economics, etc. Students will also start to venture into exploring Chinese classic historical literature through select excerpts, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms.