Chinese Course Offerings and Descriptions

Chinese Course Offerings and Descriptions 

101. ELEMENTARY CHINESE I. This first-year course is designed to lay a foundation for those who are interested in using Mandarin Chinese as a linguistic tool to communicate and further appreciate the Chinese culture. It aims at developing learners’ overall competence in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural awareness with special emphasis on oral-aural skills for those with little or no experience in the Chinese language. Prerequisite: None. Fall semester only, three hours.

102. ELEMENTARY CHINESE II. This first-year course is designed to continue to lay the groundwork for the study of Mandarin Chinese. It aims to continue development of the learners’ overall Chinese competence in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and intercultural communication with special emphasis on oral-aural skills. Prerequisite: Chinese 101. Spring semester only, three hours.

105. BUSINESS CHINESE I. A beginning Mandarin Chinese course with special focus on business communication. The first level of a three-level series, the course covers basic daily corporate interactions and business-related social exchanges such as: socializing, establishing and maintaining good relations (guānxì, a key word for doing business in Asia), scheduling meetings, visiting a company, inquiring about products, business etiquette, etc. Christian values will be integrated throughout the course. It is designed for learners with no prior knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. Ample authentic materials are provided for learners to visualize contemporary China. Classes are conducted mainly in Chinese, with clear grammatical and cultural highlighting in English. Students will be assigned to perform simple tasks to enhance language use. Prerequisite: None. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

201. INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I. This second-year course is designed to build on the foundation of first year Chinese to help learners achieve greater fluency in the spoken and written use of the Chinese language, as well as to increase vocabulary and familiarity with common sentence patterns. Prerequisite: Chinese 102 or by permission. Fall semester only, three hours.

202. INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II. This second-year course is designed to further develop learners’ overall language proficiency. The students will achieve the following: an understanding of simple paragraph-length utterances and longer stretches of some connected discourses on a number of topics beyond basic survival needs; an ability to successfully handle most social situations and support one’s opinions using simple discourse strategies; read simple connected texts consistently and with full comprehension; write short letters, brief synopses, summaries, biographical data of work and school experience in some details. Prerequisite: Chinese 201 or by permission. Spring semester only, three hours.

205. BUSINESS CHINESE II. This course is a continuation of Chinese 105 and focuses on practical language skills that are most helpful in business interactions with Chinese-speaking communities (i.e. China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore). Students will learn business negotiation in international trade, short business letter writing, simple business documents comprehension, business oral presentation, commercial language and word processing. Through intensive practice in the listening, and speaking --plus reading and writing development-- of the Chinese language for business purposes, students will enhance their cultural awareness and acquire vocabulary, phrases and sentence patterns commonly used in typical Chinese business contexts. Classes are conducted mainly in Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 102, 105, or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

260. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Individual study of specialized topics in Chinese. Sophomore standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

270. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in Chinese. Sophomore standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

290. STUDIES IN CHINESE. Readings and discussion of topics in literature or language. Subject matter varies. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

301. ADVANCED CHINESE I. This third-year course is conducted entirely in Chinese. It seeks to further develop learners’ overall language proficiency through extensive reading of modern texts in various styles. Students will learn how to distinguish written language phrases (shūmiàn yǔ) and daily spoken, informal phrases. Students will have opportunities to narrate personal experience, discuss current social problems, and explore cultural issues at discourse level. Topic includes Chinese food, holidays, education, traditional Chinese medicine, and leisure activities. Prerequisite: Chinese 202 or by permission. Fall semester only, three hours.

302. ADVANCED CHINESE II. This third-year course aims to further vocabulary expansion and consolidation of essential sentence structures of contemporary Chinese through extensive reading and related conversation. Students will continue to learn both written language phrases (shūmiàn yǔ) and daily spoken, informal phrases. Students will discuss in the Chinese language contemporary Chinese social and cultural trends such as: marriage, population, economic policies and reforms, government and politics, and environmental protection. Prerequisite: Chinese 301 or by permission. Spring semester only, three hours.

305. BUSINESS CHINESE III. This course is conducted entirely in Chinese and is designed for students who are interested in international business with Chinese enterprises in Chinese-speaking communities. Students will study business and professional terminology; learn business practices and customs; practice giving formal presentations; read business related articles and statistical information; and review business documents including invoices, shipping documents, bank statements, sales and purchase contracts, brochures introducing new products, and other business letters involving import and export trade. Students will write basic business letters and develop the ability to distinguish the stylistic differences between formal and informal correspondence, colloquial and written Chinese, and be able to write formal business letters in the appropriate format with the correct register. Students are expected to fully participate in discussions in Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 205, 301, or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

320. INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CIVILIZATION. A survey of Chinese history and civilization including social, political, economic, and cultural developments. Students will survey nearly 4,000 years of history from 2,000 B.C. to 1911 A.D. They will learn about the fundamental religious, cultural, and social traditions that shaped China’s development. This course is taught in English. Prerequisite: None. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

321. MODERN CHINA. This course addresses the momentous social and cultural changes that have occurred in China in recent years. In exploring this subject, Chinese culture is systematically examined from different aspects, including but not limited to, Chinese cultural roots, economy, ideology, politics, religion, and education. Some of China’s hottest issues, with which Western societies have been concerned in recent years, are discussed; such as the Reform movement, the Tiananmen Square Incident of 1989, human rights, the anti-Falun Gong campaign, peasants’ protest, HIV, China’s ascension, China-U.S., Taiwan relations, and China’s future. This course is taught in English. Prerequisite: None. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

350. INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE LITERATURE. A study of China’s history, society, culture, and philosophies through traditional and modern Chinese literature. This course is taught in English. Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or by permission. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

360. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CHINESE. Individual study in Chinese directed by a faculty member, with permission of the department chairman.Semester course, one, two, or three hours.

370. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in Chinese. Junior standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required.
Semester course, one, two or three hours.

390. STUDIES IN CHINESE. Readings and discussion of topics in literature or language. Subject matter varies. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

401. ADVANCED CHINESE III. This fourth-year course is designed for learners of Chinese who seek to improve overall language skills and the development of skills to approach authentic written texts. Extensive reading and colloquial and written language usage building are major emphases of the course, while speaking and writing are incorporated in class discussions, oral reports, and essay assignments. Bible reading (in characters) will be used as part of the authentic materials. Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or by permission. Fall semester only, three hours.

402. ADVANCED CHINESE IV. This fourth-year course is designed for advanced learners of Chinese to improve overall language proficiency through extensive reading of texts in various topics, styles, or genres. Learners will also acquire a deeper understanding of major issues concerning modern Chinese intellectuals as well as a fuller picture of contemporary Chinese life and society. In addition, they will obtain skills needed to be independent and confident learners of Chinese. Unique strategies on how to share the Gospel with Chinese (different from other culture or language speakers) will be introduced. Prerequisite: Chinese 401 or by permission. Spring semester only, three hours.

403. INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE I. An introduction to wenyan, the traditional written language of China, through the study of selections from ancient texts. Includes grammatical analysis and translation into baihua (modern Chinese); discussion will be in modern Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 302. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

460. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CHINESE. Individual study in Chinese directed by a faculty member, with permission of the department chairman. Semester course, one, two, or three hours.

470. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in Chinese. Senior standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

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