Intermediate Chinese aims to advance students’ Chinese language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course strongly emphasizes that students express their ideas and thoughts accurately and appropriately in both spoken and written Chinese. The class will meet twice a week, focusing on new words, grammar, expressions in communication, and composition covered by the textbook. The language assistant will meet with students twice a week to do communicative exercises and practice tones. The course will also provide students with a selection of Chinese literature, film, spoken drama, newspaper articles, and Internet resources for conference sessions. Conference work consists of student presentations, panel discussions, or debates about Chinese cultural concepts, local customs, and social issues. At the end of the year, students will be able to explore Chinese Internet resources at a basic level and read some newspaper articles, stories, and essays. Students will also be able to express analytical views on some critical issues that concern Chinese society. Placement test is required.