COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

{Note: Please refer to the next page for Curriculum, Beyond Second Year, Students with Previous Chinese Study, Heritage Language Learner, Chinese Language Courses in Summer Session and Placement Test}

(Please click the course name with number for its description)

 

Elementary Level:
Chinese 1-2-3 arecourses of elementary modern Chinese  for non-native Chinese speakers who do not have experience or skills in this language.  

Chinese 1: First-Year Chinese I
Designed to develop students' basic skills in listening and speaking proficiency to carry out simple daily conversations in person on topics mostly about themselves, which include self-introduction, family, hobbies, major, making appointments, and giving suggestions, as well as reading and writing skills to comprehend 146 characters, or 210 words with short compositions and basic grammar using Pinyin and traditional Chinese characters. Computer input methods will also be introduced.
  • Prerequisite: None. This course is for students without prior Chinese study.
  • Units: 5
  • Quarter: Fall
  • Class meetings: MTWRF
  • Main textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, Vol. I (Traditional Characters) (~Lesson 9)
Chinese 2: First-Year Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 1.
  • Prerequisite: Chinese 1 with a grade of C- or above, equivalent
  • Units: 5
  • Quarter: Winter
  • Class meetings: MTWRF
  • • Main textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, Vol. I& II (Traditional Characters) (Lesson 9~Lesson 16) (Lesson 6 - Lesson 10)
Chinese 3: First-Year Chinese III
Continuation of Chinese 2.
  • Prerequisite: Chinese 2 with a grade of C- or above, equivalent
  • Units: 5
  • Quarter: Spring
  • Class meetings: MTWRF
  • Main textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, Vol. II (Traditional Characters) (Lesson 17~Lesson 24)

Elementary Level--Heritage Track:
Chinese 1NH-2NH-3NH are courses of elementary modern Chinese for those students who already have some familiarity with spoken Mandarin and/or other Chinese dialects, but cannot read or write the language.

Chinese 1NH: First-Year Chinese I
Designed to train the four communicative skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing -with an emphasis on standard Mandarin pronunciation. The class is to be conducted in Chinese using the Pinyin system of Romanization and traditional Chinese characters. Upon the successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to read and write in the Pinyin system, produce and recognize approximately 350 new Chinese characters and apply vocabulary and patterns acquired in a linguistically, socially, and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Prerequisite: Intended for Chinese heritage speakers who wish to learn to read and write Chinese.
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Fall
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: 1.Me and China, by Qian He, Yenna Wu and Ying Petersen, 2. Supplementary Materials
Chinese 2NH: First-Year Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 1NH.
  • Prerequisite: Chinese 1NH or equivalent
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Winter
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • • Main textbook: Me and China, by Qian He, Yenna Wu and Ying Petersen
Chinese 3NH: First-Year Chinese III
Continuation of Chinese 2NH.
  • Prerequisite: Chinese 2NH or, equivalent
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Spring
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: Me and China, by Qian He, Yenna Wu and Ying Petersen

Intermediate Level:
Chinese 4-5-6 are courses of intermediate modern Chinese for non-native Chinese speakers who are continuing to an intermediate-level.

Chinese 4: Second-Year Chinese I

Continuation of Chinese 3

  • Prerequisite: Chinese 3 or equivalent
  • Units: 5
  • Quarter: Fall
  • Class meetings: MTWRF
  • Main textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, Vol II, III (Traditional Character) (Lesson 25~Lesson 33)
Chinese 5: Second-Year Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 4
  • Prerequisite: Chinese 4 or equivalent
  • Units: 5
  • Quarter: Winter
  • Class meetings: MTWRF
  • Main textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook, Vol. III (Traditional Character)

Intermediate Level—Heritage Track:
Chinese 4NH-5NH are courses of intermediate modern Chinese for native or heritage speakers of the Chinese language, who have already taken Chinese 3NH orits equivalent.

Chinese 4NH: Second-Year Chinese I

Continuation of Chinese 3NH

  • Prerequisite: Chinese 3NH or equivalent
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Fall
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese, by Chih-p’ing Chou and Der-lin Chao
Chinese 5NH: Second-Year Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 4NH
  • Prerequisite: Chinese 4NH or equivalent
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Winter
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese; by Chih-p’ing Chou and Der-lin Chao
Business Chinese 25 A , 25 B:
Business 25A, 25B is designed for those who have already takend the intermediate Chinese course to enhance their Chinese competence in business-related contexts. Emphasis will be placed on both oral and written skills, as well as cultural asareness in the Chinese business world.

Business Chinese 125
Business 125 is designed for studnets who have already taken Chinese 6/Chinese 25 A or who have equivalent language proficiency which will enable them to develop their Chinese competence in business contexts. Although students will be trained in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, the emphasis of the course is placed on comprehensive reading and practical writing that directly relates to the business world.

Advanced level
Chinese 122A-122B-122C are courses of advanced modern Chinese.

Chinese 122A

Designed to further develop students' knowledge and overall language skills in conducting more complicated communicational tasks in Mandarin Chinese.  Students will be introduced to authentic materials selected from modern Chinese prose, articles, newspapers, short novels and movies.  Reading comprehension in “written-style” Chinese is emphasized. Through reading and discussion of these materials, students are trained to obtain skills in formal/professional speech and writing, and learn more about Chinese culture and society.  

  • Prerequisite: Chinese 6, 5NH or permission of the instructor
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Fall
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: 1.Across the Straits, by Jianhua Bai, Juyu Sung and Hesheng Zhang, Supplementary Materials
Chinese 122B

Continuation of Chinese 122A.

  • Prerequisite: Chinese 122A or equivalent level
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Winter
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: 1.Across the Straits, by Jianhua Bai, Juyu Sung and Hesheng Zhang, Supplementary Materials
Chinese 122C:

Continuation of Chinese 122B.

  • Prerequisite: Chinese 122B or equivalent level
  • Units: 4
  • Quarter: Spring
  • Class meetings: MTWR
  • Main textbook: 1.Across the Straits, by Jianhua Bai, Juyu Sung and Hesheng Zhang, Supplementary Materials

4th year Chinese
Chinese 127A-127B-127C are courses series for students who have completed Chinese 122A-122B-122C. Extensive reading and discussion of colloquial vs formal usage of Chinese are the major goals of the course.


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