Asia Society Texas Center

Crash Course in Chinese – Beginner II – Conversational Chinese

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 – Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Web_Conversational Chinese 2_0

Asia Society Texas Center

This Beginner II course is designed for adult students who have taken a Crash Course in Chinese Beginner I or who have learned Pinyin and basic conversation in Chinese. This course will provide a review of the previous class (numbers, self-introduction, shopping and ordering food), as well as cover new topics such as sharing about one’s hobbies, talking about date and time, making appointments on the phone, and giving directions.

Students will learn the pronunciation and use of many common vocabulary terms, basic grammar rules, and will engage in authentic conversations, which will highlight unique aspects of Chinese culture. This course emphasizes listening and speaking skills and does not require the memorization of written characters.

A textbook for this course will be provided.

Course Dates

Thursdays, January 26 – April 20 (12 weeks; No class on March 16)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Additional courses are available:
Beginner I
Beginner II: Business Chinese

About the Programs & Activities

About the Instructor

Jiaqi Lun is the course instructor and has taught the Crash Course in Chinese at Asia Society since its inception fall 2014. While she is a gifted adult educator, she is also a Mandarin Chinese teacher in Houston Independent School District. She is certified to teach Kindergarten – 12th grade Mandarin Chinese as well as preparation courses for the Advanced Placement (AP) test in Chinese.

Ms. Lun is experienced in curriculum design and development. She wrote the Chinese II lesson exemplar for the Houston ISD LOTE Department and the textbook for Travel Chinese for the Chinese Community Center. Due to her strong work ethic, knowledge of instruction, and keen communication skills, Ms. Lun was nominated the Exemplary Teacher to Support Beginning Teachers as a KEY Teacher Leader in 2014 and was presented with the 2012-2013 Houston ISD Effective Teacher award.

Prior to teaching, Ms. Lun was a management trainee at Maersk Sealand, an account manager at Anthem Worldwide, and a print production manager at Procter & Gamble. Thanks to her business background, she has effective communication skills and extensive knowledge of doing business in China.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • $400 Members, $450 Nonmembers. For questions, please contact SCollins@AsiaSociety.org

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri’s little sister is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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