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Mooc alert: 学汉字 知中国 (bilingual!)


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Started this week in the platform 中国大学MOOC (Chinese University MOOC) :   


学汉字 知中国 (Learning Chinese characters and knowing China) from Sichuan University




... undergraduate course mainly aimed at foreign students majored in Chinese language and culture, and it is not only fit for students from other majors, relevant practitioners, but also Chinese learners from all regions of the world as well as the public who are interested in Chinese characters. The content of this course covers the origin of Chinese characters, form development, character-making method, social culture embodied in Chinese characters, as well as the structure of modern Chinese characters, pronunciation and other basic knowledge of Chinese characters learning, the reform and evolution of Chinese characters and specific learning method.


The teachings are in Chinese with Chinese and English subtitles (that can be turned off entirely). Videos playing speed can be modified and videos can be downloaded to mobile devices once the App is installed (IOS or Android, links on the platform's home page). I don't know about the next 8-9 weeks, but the first week's lecturer speaks perfect putonghua. Thare are handouts, and each week's topic ends with a good English summary.


Registration is 100% free and certificates are emailed automatically at the end of the course on fulfillment of the set requirements. Payment is required for validated (formal) online or paper certificate, I believe these are only available for residents in China and  require payment through a Chinese bank. Auditing is of course allowed.


More information on '中国大学Moocs' in this thread.



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