Chinese Language Courses

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Pace CI provides a variety of non-credit Chinese language courses. Our Mandarin courses are fun, dynamic, inspiring, practical, and easy. We incorporate singing, games, Chinese opera, shadow puppetry, music, humor, and films into teaching Chinese.

The following are the classes we offer:

Mandarin Chinese

Professional "Take-Out" Chinese
Chinese Proficiency Test Training

One-On-One Chinese

For Credit Chinese

Chinese Corner

Mandarin Chinese (Level 1- Level 6): This non-credit course sequence is designed for students and professionals who have a busy schedule and want to pass the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). The course trains students in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The levels of Mandarin Chinese match the vocabulary, content, and grammar required by HSK. We have divided each level of the course into three sub-levels: A, B, and C.

We are presently offering level 1 and 2 courses.  Students will learn 150 words at level 1, required by the HSK. Each sub-level will cover 50 Chinese words. Class sizes range from between 6 and 12 students. 

Mandarin Chinese Level 1 – A: This course is designed for beginners who have no Chinese learning experience. Students will learn basic Chinese expressions, greetings, farewells, nationalities, and numbers. Focusing on oral and listening skills, the class covers the Mandarin phonetic system (Pinyin), reading, writing simple Chinese characters, and basic grammar.   Prerequisites: None


Mandarin Chinese Level 1 – B: This class will continue to focus on speaking. Students will learn sentences and vocabulary related to such topics as family, friends, transportation, and directions. Reading compr ehension, writing, grammar, and the Pinyin system will also be covered.   Prerequisites: 12 hours learned or 50 words mastered


Mandarin Chinese Level 1 – C: The class will help you improve your spoken Chinese, and understand more complex topics such as the weather, time, and shopping. By the end of this class, you will learn 150 Chinese words, basic grammar, the Pinyin system, and how to write simple characters. Prerequisites: 24 hours learned or 100 words mastered


Mandarin Chinese Level 2 – A
Prerequisites: 36 hours learned or 150 words mastered


Mandarin Chinese Level 2 - B
Prerequisites: 48 hours learned or 200 words mastered


Mandarin Chinese Level 2 - C
Prerequisites: 60 hours learned or 250 words mastered

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For Credit Chinese

This course, taught by Pace CI teachers and offered in collaboration with Pace University's Dyson College Department of Modern Language and Culture, is a language "lab" for matriculated undergraduate students at Pace who are already taking for-credit Chinese courses.  Students who wish to take this class should sign up as they would for any for-credit course at the university.  

CHI 101: For students who have little or no knowledge of Chinese.  An introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese, including introductory readings.
This is only a lab section, students must also sign up for the lecture, CRN 70329.

CHI 102:  A continuation of CHI 101.
Prerequisite: CHI 101 or 2 years of high school Chinese. This is only a lab section, students must also sign up for the lecture, CRN 72784.

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Professional “Take-out” Chinese: These courses are particularly designed for professionals who want to know Mandarin for their work. The schedule and location are flexible. We can go to your organization to teach the course. We have developed tailor-made classes such as:

Basic Chinese for Banking
Basic Chinese for Nursing
Basic Chinese for Restaurants
Basic Chinese for Hotels

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Chinese Proficiency Test Intensive Training (HSK, BCT, YCT): This one-month class will help you fully prepare for the test you are going to take. By practicing with simulative or real tests, you will gain familiarity with the test patterns, explore questions you feel difficult, and develop language skills necessary for the tests. Our ultimate goal is to help you pass the Chinese test.

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One-on-one Intensive Chinese:

Contents: Based on customers’ needs
Time: Flexible

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Chinese Corner” – Free Chinese Language Weekly Gathering

To help our students better learn Chinese, our learning system includes a free weekly gathering to practice spoken Chinese, called “Chinese Corner,” to have informal conversations with experienced and native speakers.

Participants in our “Chinese Corner” include a mix of native Chinese speakers and students. At every “Chinese Corner” we partner up members of the two groups and give them a chance to practice their Chinese over topics such as geography, literature, music, and history. Participants have also played word games, watched Chinese music videos, and learned about food from different Chinese regions. Chinese snacks and tea are served at every session. Our program is open to everyone with a passion to learn about Chinese language and culture.

Dates and Times: During the Pace school year (Sept.-May) every Friday from 12:20 -1:20 pm

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Classes Pay Scale

Class type

Length of study

Registration fee Tuition fee

1st 12 Hours

$30 $40/Hour
2nd 12 Hours 0 $30/Hour
3rd 12 Hours 0 $25/Hour
24 Hours $30 $750
36 Hours $30 $1000
Small group
(2-4 People)
1st 12 Hours $30 $25/Hour
2nd 12 Hours 0 $20/Hour
3rd 12 Hours 0 $15/Hour

24 Hours

$30 $480
36 Hours $30 $600
Class - Pace community 12 Hours $40 0
Class - Non-Pace 1st 12 Hours $30 $150
2nd 12 Hours 0 $130
3rd 12 Hours 0 $110
24 Hours $30 $240
36 Hours $30 $300

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