An online group Mandarin class with Terry Waltz, a Comprehensible Input-based teacher and trainer. This is an adult and older teen class (16 and over, please). Class gives you access to the live sessions, recorded video on a private Web site, and online exercises for literacy (optional).
This class assumes you have a firm grasp of the language we cover in the first six modules of the "Zhongwen Bu Mafan!" series. If you've taken a year of traditional (non-Comprehensible Input-based) Chinese class, you may find this a reasonably good fit. There is no homework or study required for this class, though many students find that reviewing the video between sessions helps them to feel more confident about the language.
In this class, we do a variety of activities designed to increase your Mandarin vocabulary and your ability to correctly use and understand Mandarin grammar. These might include shared readings in characters (texts are available for purchase separately if desired, in e-book or hard-copy format, Simplified and Traditional character sets), conversations and discussions about various topics, glances at the Chinese press and current events, and co-creation of narratives.
This class can be taken multiple times as the content will vary as any one group progresses.
Terry has been teaching Mandarin through Comprehensible Input since 2000. She was not only one of the first teachers to use this brain-friendly methodology, she has also made substantial original contributions to practice, including Directional Gestures, the Cold Character literacy method, and Tonally Orthographic Pinyin (TOP) romanization.
Beginning with no Chinese experience as a college student, Terry built her proficiency in Mandarin Chinese sufficiently to become a qualified simultaneous interpreter for US Department of State cabinet-level events and to perform highly technical translations in nuclear engineering, environmental science and medicine for hundreds of private and governmental clients.
NOTE: We must have a minimum of six participants to open a class. Class size is capped at 10 to ensure a good experience for all. If there are fewer than six registrants for any section two days prior to the class, we reserve the option to run the class or to cancel it and refund participants' money. We try to run classes whenever possible, but bringing a friend is a great way to up those chances and have a lot of fun together!