Courses

 NOTES ABOUT FALL 2020 CHINESE COURSES

 ALL students (on- and off-campus) are welcome to enroll in all Chinese courses, regardless of its mode of instruction. To help you better prepare for the fall semester, the Chinese program would like to provide some clarifications on the Chinese courses.

 Class time:

 Modes of instruction:

There are three modes of instruction: in-person, hybrid, and remotely. Again, ALL students (on- and off-campus) are welcome to enroll in all Chinese courses, regardless of its mode of instruction.

General Course Information

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); an introductory course of Chinese literature taught in English (CHIN 100a); 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.

Visit the Schedule of Classes on the registrar's website.

Placement

Unless you have never studied or been exposed to the Chinese language, you will need to take a placement test to determine the level at which you should begin your foreign language course work.

Courses Taught in Chinese

CHIN 10A: Beginning Chinese I (all sections)

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will consist of two in-person lectures per week (with option for remote students to participate via Zoom) and two online-only small group practice sessions. 

Professor Jian Wei

Four course hours per week.

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.

CHIN 29B: Pathways for Chinese Literacy

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course to be offered in hybrid format. 

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. Usually offered every spring.

CHIN 30A: Intermediate Chinese (all sections)

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will consist of two in-person lectures per week (with option for remote students to participate via Zoom) and two online-only small group practice sessions. 

Professor Xiwen Lu

Prerequisite: CHIN 20b or equivalent. Four class hours per week.

Development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including the writing of short essays. Usually offered every fall.

CHIN 105A: Advanced Conversation and Composition I (all sections)

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will consist of two eighty- minute sessions per week: one in-person lecture (with option for remote students to participate via Zoom) and one online-only small group practice session. 

Professor Yu Feng

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 40b or the equivalent.

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

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will be taught in-person with option for off campus students to participate via Zoom. 

Professor Xiwen Lu

Prerequisite: CHIN 105a or equivalent.

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 165A: Chinese for Life Science: Study of Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs with Contemporary Science

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will consist of two eighty-minute sessions per week: one in-person lecture (with option for remote students to participate via Zoom) and one online-only session. 

Professor Jian Wei

Prerequisite: CHIN 105b or equivalent. Does not meet the requirement in the school of humanities.

Helps students increase Chinese proficiency in the fields of life science such biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and medicine, especially the skills of reading life science papers in Chinese; and widens and deepens students' knowledge of life science by learning the most important discoveries of Chinese scientists in applying contemporary western science to the studies of traditional medicinal herbs. Although this course is not just limited to biology, neuroscience, or chemistry majors, good knowledge of life science will be essential to success.

 

Courses Taught in English

CHIN 100A: Introduction to Chinese Literature: Desire and Form

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will be offered in a hybrid format with option for off campus students to participate via Zoom.

Professor Pu Wang

Taught in English. No Chinese language capabilities required.

Introduces Chinese literature, focusing primarily on Chinese "classical" literary traditions and their metamorphosis in modern times. Usually offered every second year.

CHIN 130B: China on Film: The Changes of Chinese Culture

Fall 2020 Information: On and off campus students welcome to enroll. Course will be taught online only. 

Professor Pu Wang

Taught in English. All films viewed have English subtitles.

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.