The program offers a full range of modern Chinese (Mandarin) courses from beginning (Chin 10A) to high advanced (Chin 120B) levels. We also offer a special course for students who speak fluent Chinese but do not read or write Chinese (Chin 29B), an advanced business Chinese course that will prepare students for doing business in and/or with China (Chin 106B) and a course taught in English to help students understand Chinese history and culture through film (Chin 130B).
Courses are taught by experienced instructors who follow the highest standards of Chinese teaching in the United States and employ proven pedagogy and new technology to make courses highly efficient.
The course offerings for the 2014-15 academic year are listed below. You can view all courses of instruction in the University Bulletin.
Fall 2014 Course Offerings
For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.
CHIN 10A: Beginning Chinese
Jian Wei and Staff
Mandarin is taught in this intensive course, intended for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Class meets four days per week plus one section of individual conversation. It offers training in basic Chinese grammar, speaking, aural comprehension, reading and writing. Chinese characters, and the "pinyin" phonetic system as a tool for learning Chinese. Usually offered every fall.
CHIN 30A: Intermediate Chinese
Development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including the writing of short essays. Usually offered every fall.
CHIN 100A: Introduction to Chinese Literature: Desire and Form
Introduces Chinese literature, focusing primarily on Chinese "classical" literary traditions and their metamorphosis in modern times. Usually offered every second year.
CHIN 105A: Advanced Conversation and Composition I
Designed for advanced students who wish to enhance and improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through listening and reading authentic or slightly modified materials, discussing and writing on various topics of Chinese society and culture. Usually offered every fall.
CHIN 120A: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language
For advanced students of Chinese, an introduction to contemporary Chinese short stories from the 1990s and later. Focuses on significant expansion of vocabulary and grammar, and on providing students an opportunity to develop and polish both oral and written skills through class discussion, presentations, and writing assignments. Usually offered every fall.
CHIN 130B: China on Film: The Changes of Chinese Culture
Focuses on the enormous changes under way in Chinese society, politics, and culture. Helps students to identify and understand these fundamental transformations through a representative, exciting selection of readings and films. Usually offered every second spring.
Spring 2015 Course Offerings
For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.
CHIN 20B: Continuing Chinese
Continuation of CHIN 10A. Usually offered every spring.
CHIN 29B: Pathways for Chinese Literacy
For students who have significant bilingual background in Mandarin Chinese or a non-Mandarin dialect (e.g., Cantonese). Emphasizes reading and writing skills, but standard Mandarin pronunciation and grammatical structure are also stressed. Students who successfully complete this course can take an exemption test to fulfill the foreign language requirement or continue to the next level. Usually offered every spring.
CHIN 40B: Advanced Intermediate Chinese
Continuation of CHIN 30a. Usually offered every spring.
CHIN 105B: Advanced Conversation and Composition IIStaff
Designed for advanced students who wish to enhance and improve their speaking proficiency and writing skills. Speaking skills will be developed through guided conversation, discussion of texts and films, and oral presentation. Exercises and essays will be used to improve students' writing skills. Usually offered every spring.
CHIN 106B: Business Chinese and Culture
An advanced Chinese course where students develop their language proficiency and cultural knowledge in professional settings such as the workplace. The course is conducted entirely in Chinese and is designed for students who want to sharpen their language skills and reach a higher level of proficiency in which they are able to read newspapers, magazines, or professional documents, as well as to improve their communicative ability and enhance their self-confidence in Chinese workplaces. Usually offered every second spring.
CHIN 120B: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language II
Continuation of CHIN 120a. Study of contemporary Chinese short stories from the 1990s and later. These stories not only represent new literary themes and linguistic expressions, but also reflect the modernization, commercialization, and urbanization that is transforming China. The course improves students' knowledge of the language, as well as enhancing their understanding of Chinese society and culture. Usually offered every spring.
CHIN 136B: Chinese Modernism in International Context
Examines the origins, recurrences, and metamorphosis of modernistic styles and movements in twentieth-century Chinese literature, film, fine art, and intellectual discourses. Usually offered every second year.
CHIN 140A: Yin Yu Tang Documents, Decoding the Late Qing and Early Republic Writings (I)
Teaches fundamental skills to decode the late Qing and early Republic writings in print or in hand-writing by recognizing and translating the Yin Yu Tang documents. Students of this course will also gain knowledge of Chinese society and culture of this period. Usually offered every year.