Third Run of the "CommunicativeChinese for Beginners" MOOC will be launched
ShanghaiInternational Studies University's "Communicative Chinese forBeginners" MOOC will launch its third run on September 7, 2020,together on the International MOOC platform FutureLearn and ChinaUniversity's MOOC platform.
Duringthe first two runs, over 26,000 learners from more than 150 countriesparticipated in these three courses. Due to the Novel Coronaviruspneumonia (Covid-19) outbreak, an unprecedented educationalinterruption has occurred, affecting at least 1.5 billion studentsworldwide. Under the epidemic situation, the international Chineseeducation has benefited from the elite resources provided by thesecond run of "Communicative Chinese for Beginners" MOOC.In the meantime, it has provided valuable online learning materialsfor both Chinese language teachers and learners worldwide, and waseven selected as a compulsory part for the Chinese languagecurriculum of a Mexico International High School. The course teachersand teaching assistants also participated in the interactive learningthroughout the whole course, which won unanimous praise from thelearners.
Thisseries of courses led by Professor Zhang Yanli and AssociateProfessor Li Qianping from the SISU School of Chinese Studies andExchange includes three sub-courses: Chinese Pronunciation and Tone,Conversation, and Grammar. The course is learner-centered andconducted in the form of teacher-student interaction. In addition,international students from different countries were invited toparticipate in the recording of the course.
The"Introduction to Chinese – Pronunciation" is a three-weekcourse, mainly designed for beginners of Chinese language. The courseis taught in English and it teaches Chinese Pinyin, phonetic trainingmethods, and common daily language.
"Introductionto Chinese- Conversation" is a six-week course, based on HSKlevel 1 and 2 vocabularies and grammar. The course teaches dailylanguage, covering six topics such as "Asking for Directions"and "Ordering Meals", enabling the learners to master basicdaily conversation and communicate in Chinese.