Merrimack Language School offers classes in most major foreign languages. If the language you would like to study is not in the menu, please send us a message by submitting the form at the end of this page or call us at 978-703-1020. We will arrange instruction in the language of your choice.
We offer foreign language programs throughout the year in six sessions. Each session is 6 weeks long. For each language we offer six levels and beyond, from beginner to advanced and more in a variety of formats from private lessons (one-to-one) to group lessons. Prices vary based on the course’s length and size.
Group and individual Immersion programs are also available.
Mandarin Chinese Language Classes | 6-week progressive programs
Mandarin Chinese classes meet once per week for a 2.5-hour lesson. At each level, the program length is 6 weeks. We offer levels 1 to 6 and beyond.
HIGHLIGHTS -- Experienced and qualified teachers, structured teaching, communicative approach, and measurable results.
TEXTBOOK: New Practical Chinese Reader (Beijing University Press). The textbook is not included in the price.
New Practical Chinese Reader is a series of textbooks for English speakers sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It consists of 70 lessons in six volumes, covering for three years of instruction. The objective is to develop the student's ability to communicate in Chinese with listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
We cover 15 lessons of Vol I and the first 5 lessons of Vol II in our Levels 1 to 6.
Level 1 covers lessons 1 - 4 of New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume I, Edition 3.
Level 2 covers lessons 5 - 8 of New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume I, Edition 3.
Level 3 covers lessons 9 - 12 of New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume I, Edition 3.
Level 4 covers lessons 13 - 15 of New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume I, Edition 3.
Level 5 covers lessons 1 - 5 of New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume II, Edition 2.
Level 6 covers lessons 6 - 10 of New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume II, Edition 2.
There are many textbooks available for Chinese. Teachers do not rely on a single textbook in their lesson plans. Lesson plans are created according to the needs of the classroom, teacher’s experience and the adaptability skills in view of the classroom's changing needs. Lesson plans can be independent of the prescribed textbook, but using a textbook yields the best results for beginner and intermediate students. It’s advisable, though not compulsory, to buy the prescribed textbook(s). Textbooks provide explanatory information that may be useful for a questioning adult student and for homework.
Session 6 (October-December– begins week of October 21, ends week of December 9)
Registration deadline: October 11
SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 6:00/6:30 pm – 8:30/9:00 pm/ Saturdays, 9:00 am – 11:30 pm (Other days available upon request)
Minimum class requirement: 3 students.
Many language schools use terms like Mandarin Language Courses, Mandarin Classes, Chinese Language Programs, Chinese Programs, Chinese Language Courses, Chinese Courses, Chinese Language Lessons, Chinese Lessons, Learn Chinese, Chinese Language and Culture, etc. Names do not matter. What matters is the knowledge, experience, lesson planning and adaptability skills of a teacher.