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Elementary Mandarin Chinese - CHIN 1

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese taught within the context of Chinese culture. Introduction to the customs, cultural practices, and geography of China through lectures, films, web activities, and reading assignments. Focus on the four major skills of language learning - listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing - and the grammar and vocabulary necessary to acquire these skills. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a Success Center that supports this course is required. This course corresponds to the first year of high school Chinese.

Elementary Mandarin Chinese - CHIN 2

Continuing study of Mandarin Chinese taught within the context of Chinese culture. Customs, cultural practices, and geography of China are explored through lectures, films, web activities, and reading assignments. Focus on the further development of conversation, reading, and writing skills. Review of basic structures and expanded knowledge of verbs, grammar, and vocabulary. Emphasis on the communicative approach to language acquisition with emphases on the appreciation of the culture. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a Success Center that supports this course is required. This course corresponds to the second year of high school Chinese.

Intermediate Mandarin Chinese - CHIN 3

Third semester of Mandarin Chinese taught within the context of Chinese culture. Customs, cultural practices, and geography of China are explored through lectures, films, web activities, and reading assignments. Focus on the development of conversation, reading, and writing skills. Development of idioms and more advanced grammar. Emphasis on the communicative approach to language acquisition with special attention to the appreciation of the Chinese culture. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a Success Center that supports this course is required.

Intermediate Mandarin Chinese - CHIN 4

Fourth semester of Mandarin Chinese taught within the context of Chinese culture. Customs, cultural practices, and geography of China are explored through lectures, films, web activities, and reading assignments. Focus on the development of conversation, reading, and writing skills. Development of idioms and more advanced grammar. Emphasis on the communicative approach to language acquisition with special attention to the appreciation of the Chinese culture. Ten hours of supplemental learning in a Success Center that supports this course is required.

Chinese Civilization and Culture - CHIN 18

A general introduction to the basic components of Chinese culture as it has developed over the last five thousand years. Topics to be addressed will include the major philosophical thoughts of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism; practices to promote health such as the Martial Arts, Kung Fu, herbal medicine, and acupuncture; customs and festivals like the Chinese Lunar New Year's Day and the Mid-Autumn Moon holiday; their varying and diverse culinary habits, and their rich and illustrious art forms of poetry, painting, and calligraphy. Both historical developments and contemporary tribulations will be examined through selected readings, movies, video clippings, field trips, as well as class discussions in different formats. This course does not presume prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language.



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