Courses

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.

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.

Spring 2022 Courses

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COURSES IN ENGLISH

CHIN 136B: Chinese Modernism in International Context

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Pu Wang

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.


COURSES IN CHINESE

CHIN 20B: Continuing Chinese

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Jian Wei

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 10a. Four class hours per week.

Continuation of CHIN 10a. 


CHIN 40B: Advanced Intermediate Chinese

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Xiwen Lu

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 30a. Four class hours per week.

Continuation of CHIN 30a. 


CHIN 105B: Advanced Conversation and Composition II 

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Xiwen Lu

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 105a or the equivalent.

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.


CHIN 106B: Business Chinese and Culture

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Chunzi Chai

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 40b or equivalent. Does not meet the requirement in the school of humanities.

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.


CHIN 120B: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language II

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Pu Wang

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 120a or equivalent.

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.


CHIN 140A: Yin Yu Tang Documents, Decoding the Late Qing and Early Republic Writings (I)

Spring 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Yu Feng

Prerequisite(s): A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 120a and 120b, or permission of the instructor.

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.