2014-2015 Chinese Courses
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.
Beginning Chinese is designed for students without a knowledge of Chinese and for students whose Chinese language skills are not sufficient to conduct basic communication. The course aims to build students’ fundamental abilities in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing modern Chinese. Students will learn Chinese phonemes through pinyin (the Chinese phonetic system), a working vocabulary of more than 1,000 words, Chinese grammar, and expressions for basic communication. Students will learn how to write emails, letters, and short essays in Chinese. Accuracy in pronouncing tones and using grammar is strongly emphasized. While students will focus on learning the material in the textbooks, class activities utilizing Chinese visual arts, songs, clips of movies and TV programs, and microblogs will help students learn the language efficiently and enjoyably. Students will meet the language assistant twice a week to practice tones and dialogue. Conference sessions will focus on students’ independent studies. By the end of the year, students are expected to comfortably conduct communications regarding daily activities. Students also will complete a group project about a topic in which they have an interest.