An online group Mandarin class with Terry Waltz, a Comprehensible Input-based teacher and trainer, in eight weekly one-hour sessions. This is an adult language class (18 and up, please).
This class assumes you have solid, immediate comprehension of the material presented in Modules 1, 2 and 3 (yes-no questions, basic question words, Super 7 verbs, subordinating clauses) and moves forward to add more useful high-frequency vocabulary and grammar, while adding more Chinese characters to your reading repertoire (still without memorization!). If you have not acquired Mandarin through this program, the class may be suitable for you but it may feel fast or slow at times depending on your specific prior knowledge.
The class includes a private Web space for playback of class videos and optional interactive reading/writing exercises.
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. She has trained teachers around the world in the use of Comprehensible Input to facilitate language acquisition.
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!