Chinese Courses

101, 102, 103 First-Year Chinese (5 credits each).

To be taken in sequence, Fundamentals of the modern standard language (putonghua, Mandarin): pronunciation, grammar, aural comprehension, reading, and speaking.

201, 202, 203 Second-Year Chinese (5 credits each)

Prerequisite: Chinese 103 or equivalent; to be taken in sequence. Review of the fundamentals of the modern standard language; emphasis on acquisition of oral and written vocabulary; intensive reading of graded materials in modern Chinese; discussion in Chinese of course texts and related materials.

Chinese 237: Study Abroad Course in Chinese Language and Culture (15 credits, summer only)

Prerequisite: Chinese 103. This course provides an intensive study of the intermediate level of Chinese language and culture. Students will develop their Chinese communicative competence in Chinese society/culture, Chinese people and how to deal with cultural differences in different social/cultural settings. The pre-departure reading assignments will prepare students to take a full advantage of the study tour and classroom activities in Beijing and Kunming so that they will improve not only their language skills but also gain a better understanding of the Chinese society and culture that they would otherwise not be able to accomplish in regular WWU classrooms.

280 Traditional Chinese Characters and Calligraphy (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or instructor’s permission. An introduction to the principles used in the formation and history of Chinese characters. The components of the characters are analyzed and compared with the new, simplified forms. Prepared texts provide practice in reading the characters. Calligraphy sessions provide an opportunity to write both the traditional and simplified forms.

301, 302, 303 Third-Year Chinese (4 credits each)

Prerequisite: Chinese 203. These three courses are to be taken in sequence. While Chinese 301 and 302 focus on intensive reading, written vocabulary acquisition (reaching the 1,400 character level by the end of the sequence) and oral comprehension of materials in modern standard Chinese, Chinese 303 (Business Chinese) is designed to prepare students to use Chinese in professional settings. Study of vocabulary and protocol specific to business endeavors is emphasized.

Chinese 304: Chinese Grammar and Composition (4 credits)

Prerequisite: Chinese 201. This course is designed to review and discuss all major grammatical elements in Chinese, including sentence building, analysis of grammatical elements and written composition. Students will be asked to read and compose an autobiography on various topics, such as childhood, family and friends, resume, hobbies, etc.

330 Chinese Culture through Film and Literature (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Chinese 203 or permission of instructor. An introduction to cultural aspects of Chinese through a study of film as oral and visual texts. Film scripts and short stories, especially those from which films have been adapted, are used to enhance reading and discussion skills. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 credits.

Chinese 337: Study Abroad Course in Chinese Language and Culture (15 credits, summer only)

Prerequisite: Chinese 203. This course provides an intensive study of the advanced level of Chinese language and culture. Through in-depth examination of Chinese social issues, such as marriage, education and employment, students will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of how Chinese people advance their life style along with their country’s economic advancement but also physically experience these changes. The pre-departure reading assignments will equip students to take a full advantage of the study tour and classroom activities in Beijing and Kunming so that they will improve their language and cultural competence that they would otherwise not be able to accomplish in regular WWU classrooms.

390 Introduction to Chinese Language and Linguistics/402 Linguistics (4 credits)

Prerequisite Linguistics 201 or Chinese 203. An introduction to the phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon and writing system of the Chinese language. Also explores the relationship between language and society.

Chinese 425: Chinese Teaching (2 credits)

Prerequisite: Chinese 301. Students selected for tutoring must dedicate two hours (for one credit) or four hours (for two credits) per week to provide help to other students primarily those enrolled in 100-200 levels of Chinese courses. Permission may also be given to assist with other Chinese courses completed with outstanding achievement. Students may be requested to lead group sessions or work with other students individually. Expertise in Chinese grammar or linguistics is desirable.

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