The China Council is offering 10 weeks of Mandarin Chinese language classes in Fall 2017 for students of all ability levels. Classes are small, fun, with lots of speaking and individual attention. Students learn the phonetic Pinyin writing system and Chinese characters (include hand writing and computer typing using the Chinese Pinyin input method). For intermediate students, classes aim to develop advanced Chinese language proficiencies. Chinese culture is introduced at all levels.  All classes are taught by Willow Zheng, a native Mandarin speaker with 16 years’ experience teaching Mandarin as a second language. Except where necessary (at the beginning), classes are conducted in Mandarin, which is very beneficial for listening comprehension. We use the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, to help students use language in the real world, and we discuss Chinese culture and customs in our classes for students planning to travel to China.


Classes are held at the China Council office in Chinatown (221 NW 2nd Ave. Suite 210-J Portland, OR 97209).


Textbooks, workbooks, character workbooks and CDs are available for purchase online (e.g.,,,


Contact Leslie Atiyeh at the Northwest China Council Office ( or email Willow Zheng at if you have any questions or to register for a class.  For more information, or to download a registration form, please visit:


Conversational Saturday Chat – (No cost. All levels welcomed)

Meet every Saturday about 2 hours from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, for students and friends who have learned some Chinese and want to practice listening and speaking skills, contact Willow for details.


Foundation MandarinThursdays, Oct 5 – Dec 14, 5:00 – 6:30 PM (NO class on Thanksgiving)

This class is for students with no previous Chinese learning experience.  Students learn Chinese pinyin phonetic system, character recognition, writing, and pronunciation; class focus is on establishing good speaking habits, using correct tones, and carrying on basic conversation. We also focus on beginning character recognition, writing and typing Chinese characters using the computer. The theme of the class: Greetings; simple introduction, family, using RMB currency, and inviting someone to dinner.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part I. Class starts with Introduction


Beginning Mandarin I — Mondays, Oct 2 – Dec 4 (6:45-8:15PM)

Class is for students who have some knowledge in pinyin, listening, speaking.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part I. Class start with Review Lesson 3


Beginning Mandarin III— Wednesdays Oct 4 – Dec 6, 7:00-8:30 PM

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part II. Class start with review and Lesson 13


Intermediate Mandarin II— Mondays, Oct 2 – Dec 4, 4:45 – 6:15 PM

Class is for students who have some knowledge in listening, speaking, and character writing.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part II. Class start with review & Lesson 19


Advanced Mandarin III—  Thursdays Oct 5 – Dec 14, 6:45-8:15 PM (NO class on Thanksgiving)

For students who have completed the Integrated Chinese texts Level II with intermediate level experience speaking and reading and writing Chinese. This class will emphasize vocabulary building.  It includes listening and speaking exercises. It is a good review, and reinforces through short videos and stories.

Questions on the Text and reading material for new students, contact Willow.


Learning Chinese through Films at Advanced level –Tuesdays Oct 3 – Dec 5 4:45-6:45PM ($200)

For students with middle level experience speaking, reading, and writing Chinese. Class will emphasize listening and speaking skills. 在真实语言环境中练习听力和对话能力。Class focus is on speaking exercises and reviewing, and additional reading material will be added for intensive Grammar and reading training.   For questions about the textbook for new students, contact Willow.

Class starts with review and continue from where you stopped in June 2017 for returning students.


Beginning Calligraphy Workshop—- Fridays, Nov 3 – Nov 10, 5 – 6:30 PM. ($60, basic materials will be included)

For people who want to learn the basics of writing Chinese calligraphy with a paint brush. Class will be taught in English.



The cost of all Fall classes is $175 except listed otherwise. Late Payment please add $25.

Membership in the Northwest China Council is required to register for classes. One-year Membership is $50 for individuals, $75 for families, and $25 for full-time students with ID. Corporate memberships also welcome!


CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund, less $35 cancellation charge, up to and including the day after the first class session at 5 PM.  No refunds thereafter.  Beginner’s class only.


NORTHWEST CHINA COUNCIL LANGUAGE CLASSES     Fall 2017 中文课   Registration Form


Name                                           ________E-mail ____________________________________________________




City                                                                  State                 Zip                                                                   


Please register me/us for the following:


_____  Foundations of Mandarin— Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

_____ Beginning Mandarin I — Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 PM

_____  Beginning Mandarin III— Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM

_____ Intermediate Mandarin II— Mondays, 4:45 – 6:15 PM

_____ Advanced Mandarin III— Mondays, 6:30- 8:00 PM

_____ Learning Chinese through Films at Advanced level –Tuesdays 4:45-6:45 PM


——– Beginning Calligraphy Workshop—- Fridays, Nov 3 – Nov 10, 5:00 –6:30 PM.




Integrated Chinese Level I, Part I Texts (3nd edition), CDs also required – Purchase via to

benefit Northwest China Council.

For the textbook for Learning Chinese through Films, please contact Willow.


Class   $ _____________     Membership in Northwest China Council $ ________________ Late Fee __________


Total $                        __


Check $                 Payable to Northwest China Council, 221 NW 2nd Ave. Suite 210-J Portland, OR 97209. Received by Sept 30th, 2017 to count as Pre-registration. Credit card payment to count as Pre-registration must be received/registered by Oct 1, 2016.


Credit card (Master or Visa only) Card No. _________________________________________CVV#_____________


Name on Card_____________________________________________________Expiration date _________________