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Accelerated Beginning Chinese I and II
Chinese 100–101 Staff
4 credits
This accelerated course is designed for students with little or no previous language background of Chinese. It provides a systematic and efficient study of Chinese grammar, vocabulary, oral/aural skills, and reading and writing Chinese characters. The goal of the course is to enable the students to function successfully in most of the basic communicative situations with a native Chinese. Students are also exposed at the same time to Chinese cultural traditions through such activities as viewing Chinese movies, listening to Chinese music, and tasting Chinese cuisine. The class meets four times per week. No prerequisites.
This sequence is offered every year.
Chinese Theater Performance
Chinese 203/303 Staff
1 credit
Students read, rehearse, and perform a work from the modern Chinese dramatic repertoire as a means of furthering developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Each student will perform a role or combination of roles in the final production; written and oral assignments during the rehearsal process and after the final performance will foster learning of both language skills and performance skills. Students at the 203-level generally read only the portions of the play in which their roles appear, and they will read them in the classroom under the instructor’s guidance. Students at the 303-level must be able to read an appropriate portion of the play on their own; class time for them will be spent on discussion and rehearsal, but not on direct reading. Chinese 303 is suitable for both native and non-native speakers of Chinese. Prerequisite for Chinese 203: Chinese 100 or equivalent language level, plus permission of the instructor. Prerequisite for Chinese 303: Chinese 205 or equivalent language level, plus instructor’s permission.
This course is generally offered every year.
Intermediate Chinese I/Intermediate Chinese II
Chinese 204–205 CP Staff
3 credits
This course continues to develop the four skills—speaking, listening, writing, and reading—of Mandarin Chinese. By the end of the intermediate sequence, students will be familiar with all major grammatical concepts and able to converse comfortably on a wide range of subjects. Students will be able to write and recognize nearly 2,000 characters in traditional and/or simplified forms. In addition to the linguistic components, each student will select one or more research topics within Chinese culture for oral, written, and web-based projects. Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or permission of the instructor.
This sequence is generally offered every year.
Advanced Chinese I/Advanced Chinese II
Chinese 204–205 CP Staff
3 credits
The advanced level courses aim to further expand students' vocabulary and sharpen their four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a primary focus on the use of the appropriate speech style in given contexts. The topics of class discussion cover a broad scope from cultural comparison to socioeconomic reform in China based on the textbook as well as movie clips. By the end of the advanced sequence, students are expected to be able to discuss abstract topics in fully developed paragraphs, and reach the advanced level based on American Council of Teaching Foreign Language proficiency standards. Prerequisite: Chinese 205 or permission of the instructor.
This sequence is generally offered every year.