Northwest China Council is offering 10 weeks of Mandarin Chinese language classes in Spring 2017 for students of all proficiency levels. Classes are small, fun, with lots of speaking and individual attention. Students learn the phonetic Pinyin writing system and Chinese characters (including handwriting 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.  Most 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.

Classes are held at the Center for Philanthropy 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)

For people who have learned some Chinese and want to practice their listening and speaking skills, we meet every Saturday for about 2 hours from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Contact Willow Zheng for details.

Foundation Mandarin I

Have you always wanted to learn Chinese, but were afraid of character writing homework? Now is your chance to learn listening and speaking with a native Chinese teacher, Ms. Gloria Guo, trained as a teacher in China and the U.S.. Minimum 5 students.

Foundation MandarinTuesdays, Jan 10 – Mar 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ($150)

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.

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


Beginning Mandarin I — Thursdays Jan 12 – Mar 16, 6:45-8:15 PM

For students who have some knowledge in listening, speaking, and character writing.

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


Beginning Mandarin II — Mondays Jan 9 – Mar 13, 6:45-8:15 PM

For students who have some knowledge in listening, speaking, and character writing.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part I. Class start with Review Lesson 8


Beginning Mandarin III— Mondays, Jan 9, – Mar 13, 5:00 -6:30 PM

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part II. Class start with review Lesson 12


Intermediate Mandarin III— Wednesdays, Jan 11 – Mar 15 3:15 – 4:45 PM

For students who have some knowledge in listening, speaking, and character writing.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level II, Part I. Class start with Lesson 2

Advanced Mandarin III— Thursdays, Jan 26– Mar 16, 5:00-6:30 PM ($140/ eight classes)

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 lessons through short videos and stories.

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

Learning Chinese through Films at Advanced level –Tuesdays Jan 10 – Mar 14, 4:45-6:45 ($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 Zheng.

Class starts with review and continues from where returning students left off.



The cost of all Spring classes are  listed. Late payments will include an additional $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 IDs. Corporate memberships also welcome!


CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund, minus $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     Spring 2017 中文课   Registration Form


Name    ________E-mail ____________________________________________________






Please register me/us for the following: 


______ Speak Mandarin Now! –Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45 pm ($150) NEW!

______ Foundation Mandarin— Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ($150)

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

______ Beginning Mandarin II — Mondays, 6:45-8:15 PM

______ Beginning Mandarin III— Mondays, 5:00 -6:30 PM

______ Intermediate Mandarin III— Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:45 PM

______ Advanced Mandarin III— Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 PM

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



Integrated Chinese Level I, Part I Texts, Workbook, Character workbook (3nd edition), CDs also required – Purchase via to benefit Northwest China Council.

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


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. Must be received by Dec 30, 2016 to count as Pre-registration. Credit card payment to count as Pre-registration must be received/registered by Dec 31, 2106. Late fee – $25

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