Online Textbook

This online textbook represents materials that were used in the first four semesters (two years) of the Mandarin program at MIT. They eventually formed the basis of a print textbook of the same name, published by Yale University Press (elementary level available 2011, intermediate level due late 2011 or early 2012). Information about the Yale edition, plus online materials that could supplement the OCW material with some allowances, is available at the companion website. The Yale website also includes extensive audio-clips (numbering over 40 by July 2011, up through Unit 4), which cover much of the same ground as the OCW version.

Amazon logo Wheatley, Julian K. Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin. (汉语基础教材) New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780300141177.

  • Corrections to the Yale edition (PDF)
  • Index to the Yale edition (PDF)

The OCW course materials were extensively revised, and at times reordered, before publication, but the general principles of the original remain: to provide a comprehensive resource for the foundation levels of Chinese language that separates the learning of oral skills from literary (the former being transcribed in pinyin, and the latter in characters). This resource contains the complete online version of the text in four parts. Audio recordings courtesy of Julian K. Wheatley, Tong Chen, Jin Zhang, and Min-Min Liang accompany the text, used with their permission.

Front Matter

  • Acknowledgments and Preface (PDF)
  • Table of Contents (PDF)

Additional Resources

  • Highlights of Character Lessons 1-7 (PDF)
  • Calligraphy practice grid (PDF)

Chinese Sequence on OCW

OpenCourseWare now offers a complete sequence of four Chinese language courses by Dr. Wheatley, covering beginning to intermediate levels of instruction at MIT. They can be used not just as the basis for taught courses, but also for self-instruction and elementary-to-intermediate review. These courses use Learning Chinese as a textbook, covering roughly one part each semester. View syllabi and day-by-day schedules for each course in the sequence:

21F.101/21F.151 Chinese I (Regular), Spring 2006

21F.102/21F.152 Chinese II (Regular), Spring 2006

21F.103 Chinese III (Regular), Fall 2005

21F.104 Chinese IV (Regular), Spring 2006

Students who have completed this material are encouraged to explore additional Chinese courses on the OCW Foreign Languages & Literatures page.