Foundations of Mandarin & Continuing classes are taught by Willow Zheng, a native Mandarin speaker with more than 17 years experience in teaching Mandarin as a second language.  Except where necessary (at the beginning), classes are conducted in Mandarin Chinese, which is very beneficial for listening comprehension. We use the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, to help students use language functions in the real world, and we emphasize Chinese culture and customs for students and businesses planning to travel to China.

All classes are held in the Center for Philanthropy on the second floor adjacent to the Northwest China Council office in Old Town Chinatown: 221 NW 2nd Ave Ste 210J, Portland, OR 97209.

Register on-line: [click here]

Language students are required to be Northwest China Council members.

To join:  [click here]


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 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.

Foundations of  Mandarin—Thursdays Aug 3 – Sept 21, 6:45-8:15 PM (Introductory price $120)

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 III —Wednesdays, Aug 2 – Sept 20, 6:15-7:45 PM ($140)

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

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part I. Class start with Review Lesson 10

Intermediate Mandarin I— Mondays, Aug 7 – Sept 25, 5:00 -6:30 PM-$ (No class Aug 21 and Sept 4, $105)

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part II. Class start with Lesson 18

Intermediate Reading — Thursdays, Aug 3 – Sept 21, 5:00-6:30 PM ($140)

For students who have completed the Integrated Chinese texts Level I with intermediate level experience speaking and reading and writing Chinese. Class will emphasize vocabulary building, Listening speaking exercise and reviewing, refresh and reinforce. Questiosn on the reading material for new students, contact Willow.


The cost of all summer classes is $140 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     Summer 2017 中文课   Registration Form

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Please register me/us for the following:

______ Foundations of Mandarin— Thursdays 6:45 – 8:15 PM

______Beginning Mandarin III — Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 PM
______ Intermediate Mandarin I — Mondays, 5:00 -6:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ______Intermediate Reading— Thursdays, 5:00-6:30


Integrated Chinese Level I, Part I Texts (3rd 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 August 3 2017 to count as Pre-registration. Credit card payment to count as Pre-registration must be received/registered by day before first day of class selected.

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