Classes are designed to enhance your performance. They are conducted in Chinese only; English is not used except when asked for with a Chinese request. Classes are the equivalent to being in a totally Chinese environment. We consider English to be incompatible to the goal of maintaining that environment. Classes have two major components: a conversational performance and interactive exercises. We take attendance for your drills on Friday afternoon.
Put on reserve in the AV Department are two sets of audio tapes, which you can listen to in the library. The first set of 5 tapes that you need to listen to during the first two weeks are entitled “Chinese: Communicating in the Culture, 21;” be aware that they are two-sided tapes (each side one lesson). The second set of 4 audio tapes come with the “Integrated Chinese, Level I Part I” textbooks; Textbook Tape #1, (1 of 4 Tapes), covers Introduction through Lesson II, Textbook Tape #2, (2 of 4 Tapes), covers Lesson III through Lesson VI, Textbook Tape #3, (3 of 4 Tapes), covers Lesson VII through Lesson XI, and Workbook Tape #1 contains all the Listening Comprehension Exercises in the Workbook, you should go listen to these tapes while doing the exercises.
There are technical gadgets like smartphones that you may find useful for this course. For example some cellphones come with the capabilities to transcribe human speech into character texts, or to translate Chinese texts into English.