Elementary Chinese 2


The second of two semesters on Mandarin Chinese that comprise CMU’s full Elementary Chinese course. Click here for Elementary Chinese 1.


Elementary Chinese 2 picks up where Elementary Chinese 1 finished, and aims to help beginners develop communicative competence in the basic four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and culture of Chinese. The course curriculum is organized around the 5 Cs principles of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education for the 21st Century – Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections and Communities. Elementary Chinese 2 covers 10 units. We recommend that students go through the units in order to take advantage of the systematic scope and sequence of the learning materials. However, the curriculum is also flexible for individuals and institutions to adopt and modify to meet their different needs, schedule and emphasis. The current course is available for low-cost use by instructor-led classes of enrolled students.

Note: the Open & Free Chinese 2 course includes just one sample lesson, Unit 2: Greetings.

Topics Covered:

  1. Invitations
  2. Making Requests
  3. Restaurant
  4. Shopping
  5. Showing People Around
  6. Hobbies and Sports
  7. Travel Plans
  8. An Illness
  9. Renting an Apartment
  10. Future Plans

Course structure

Elementary Chinese 2 is the second half of a two-part sequence. The units in both courses have a consistent structure, containing the following main content and activities:

Main Content
  • Objective
  • Main video (+questions)
  • Video preview exercises
  • Text of the video
  • Text translation and pinyin with slower audio (students are strongly encouraged to listen and repeat after the sound files)
  • Text notes
  • Vocabulary tables
  • Video comprehension exercises
II. Listening
  • Pinyin recognition exercise
  • True and false exercise
  • Translation exercise
  • Question answering exercise
III. Grammar
  • Grammar notes
  • Sentence jumble exercise
  • Dialogue jumble exercise
IV. Reading Exercises
  • Reading comprehension
V. Consolidation Exercises
  • Picture description exercise
VI. Culture Link
  • Culture notes
  • Culture info
VII Characters
  • Characters in the character book (both traditional and simplified versions)

What students will learn

By the time they finish this course, students will have:

  • developed communicative competence in the basic four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • an introduction to Chinese culture

Learning objectives by module

Not applicable.

Course assessments, activities, and outline

UNIT 1: Invitations

Module 1: Main Content

Module 2: Listening

Module 3: Grammar

Module 4: Reading Exercises

Module 5: Consolidation Exercises

Module 6: Culture Link

Module 7: Unit test

UNIT 2: Making Requests

Module 8: Main Content

Module 9: Listening

Module 10: Grammar

Module 11: Reading Exercises

Module 12: Consolidation Exercises

Module 13: Culture Link

Module 14: Unit test

UNIT 3: Restaurant

Module 15: Main Content

Module 16: Listening

Module 17: Grammar

Module 18: Reading Exercises

Module 19: Consolidation Exercises

Module 20: Culture Link

Module 21: Unit test

UNIT 4: Shopping

Module 22: Main Content

Module 23: Listening

Module 24: Grammar

Module 25: Reading Exercises

Module 26: Consolidation Exercises

Module 27: Culture Link

Module 28: Unit test

UNIT 5: Showing People Around

Module 29: Main Content

Module 30: Listening

Module 31: Grammar

Module 32: Reading Exercises

Module 33: Consolidation Exercises

Module 34: Culture Link

Module 35: Unit test

UNIT 6: Hobbies and Sports

Module 36: Main Content

Module 37: Listening

Module 38: Grammar

Module 39: Reading Exercises

Module 40: Consolidation Exercises

Module 41: Culture Link

Module 42: Unit test

UNIT 7: Travel Plans

Module 43: Main Content

Module 44: Listening

Module 45: Grammar

Module 46: Reading Exercises

Module 47: Consolidation Exercises

Module 48: Culture Link

Module 49: Unit test

UNIT 8: An Illness

Module 50: Main Content

Module 51: Listening

Module 52: Grammar

Module 53: Consolidation Exercises

Module 54: Culture Link

Module 55: Unit test

UNIT 9: Renting an Apartment

Module 56: Main Content

Module 57: Listening

Module 58: Grammar

Module 59: Reading Exercises

Module 60: Consolidation Exercises

Module 61: Culture Link

Module 62: Unit test

UNIT 10: Future Plans

Module 63: Main Content

Module 64: Listening

Module 65: Grammar

Module 66: Reading Exercises

Module 67: Consolidation Exercises

Module 68: Culture Link

Module 69: Unit test

Other course details

This is a semester-long course, designed to take approximately 15 weeks.

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System requirements

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  • an operating system that supports the latest browser update
  • the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
  • pop-ups enabled
  • cookies enabled

Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.

This course’s system requirements:

  • Audio-recording software

Cost and payment options

$25 per student

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