中文密集課程
​Intensive Chinese Program
(Minor in Chinese Language)

Required Courses  15 credits
 CHIN 111        Basic Chinese I (3)
 CHIN 112        Basic Chinese II (3)
 CHIN 211        Intermediate Chinese I (3)
 CHIN 212        Intermediate Chinese II (3)
 CHIN 310        Advanced Reading and Writing in Chinese (3)


Electives  6 credits
 CHIN 321        Intermediate Business Chinese Language I (3)
 CHIN 322        Intermediate Business Chinese Language II (3)
 CHIN 411        Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity (3)
 ART 300         Appreciation of Chinese art, music, and drama (3)
 HIST 330        Chinese History (3) 

 

Total Credits for the Minor - 21

 

Basic Chinese I: CHIN 111
In this introductory Mandarin Chinese course, learn to speak, read, and write the Mandarin Chinese language. These Mandarin Chinese classes are designed for those with minimal prior knowledge of the Chinese language. You can learn Mandarin Chinese through situations such as greetings, saying goodbye, catching a taxi, and asking for directions. In your lessons, you will commence the fascinating study of Chinese characters. These Mandarin Chinese classes will also place emphasis on the four speech tones of the Chinese language.
Teaching material: Teaching materials prepared by lecturers.

 

Basic Chinese II: CHIN 112
Reinforce your basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese with this practical language course. Learn Mandarin Chinese for everyday situations, such as telling the time, making a phone call, and being a guest. Grammar and more characters are also introduced for study.
Teaching material: Teaching materials prepared by lecturers.

Prerequisite: CHIN 111

    
Intermediate Chinese I: CHIN 211
Focus on the written language, the classes will introduce you to Chinese characters and the Chinese writing system. By the end of the course, you should be able to read basic passages and write simple sentences on the subject matter covered in the course.
Teaching material: Teaching materials prepared by lecturers.
Prerequisite: CHIN 112

 

Intermediate Chinese II: CHIN 212
This course is designed for students continuing from Intermediate Chinese I, or those who already have a basic knowledge of the Chinese writing system. It will focus on further developing student writing and reading skills and introducing new characters.
Enhance your developing knowledge of Mandarin Chinese language by expanding your written and conversational skills. In this course of study, learn Chinese (Mandarin) with such topics as the weather, health, and exchanging points of view.
This language course offers more study via speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese. At the end of the course, you will have learned to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on both practical and social topics in the Chinese (Mandarin) language.
Prerequisite: CHIN 211

 

Advanced Reading and Writing in Chinese: CHIN 310
Purpose: To teach Chinese characters; learning methods, improve the forms, pronunciation, and meaning of Chinese characters; increase the power of vocabulary.
Teaching content: Basics & structure of Chinese characters; Chinese characters in the Outline of Chinese Characters.
Teaching method: Lecture-exercise combination.
Teaching material: Systematically Learning Chinese Characters
Prerequisite: CHIN 212

 

Intermediate Business Chinese Language I: CHIN 321
Purpose: To teach the Chinese language in relation to business and communication; enable students to engage in simple business activities such as visiting a company, attending meetings, ordering goods, inquiry, claims, and insurance.
Teaching content: Common business activities connected with international trade. Each course comprises two dialogs and one short text.
Teaching method: Combination of the teacher's lectures and student’s practice. Focus on oral expression capabilities.
Teaching material: Intermediate Business Chinese Language.

 

Intermediate Business Chinese Language II: CHIN 322 
Purpose: Fostering students’ skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of Chinese language needed in business activities and deepening their understanding of economic life, society, and culture of China in relation to business.
Teaching content: Company organizational structure; investment promotion and investment; recruiting and applying for a job; teamwork; product introduction; market; profit, advertisement; customer service and trade negotiating, etc.
Teaching methods: Emphasis is placed on the teaching materials with complementary materials of other business activities. Teaching via discussion, simulated business dialogue, simulated business writing, and other forms. Simulated reading, spoken Chinese language, and writing examination will be offered to enhance students’ employment of the Chinese language in daily life.
Teaching material: Advanced Business Chinese Language textbook and teaching materials prepared by lecturers.

 

Appreciation of Chinese art, music, and drama: ART 300
Purpose: Learn more about the Chinese society and culture; learn the development and current situation of the Chinese film and music industry, art appreciation; learn and use more advanced words and expressions, improve listening comprehension and expression capability of learners.
Teaching content: Watch 6-7 contemporary Chinese films mainly films made in Mainland China, survey 6-7 Chinese artwork and 3 classic and 3 contemporary Chinese music.
Teaching method: Watch the films, reading the materials, learn background knowledge, learn words, structure and classical expressions in films, art; discuss the social phenomena and learn more about life and thoughts of Chinese citizens.
Teaching material: Teaching materials prepared by lecturers.

 

Chinese History: HIST 330
Purpose: To enable international students to learn about China systematically and have a basic knowledge about China so as to learn the Chinese language and relevant professional knowledge while significantly improve their reading, listening comprehension, and speaking skills.
Teaching content: Fourteen topics, namely territory, history, population, ethnic group, political system, economy, science and technology, education, traditional thinking, literature, arts, custom, tourism, and international relations.
Teaching methods: reading, explanation, and watching video, discussion.
Teaching material: China Overview and teaching materials prepared by lecturers.

 

Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity: CHIN 410
This course introduces students to masterpieces of Chinese poetry, drama, philosophy, and history. We begin with ancient folk songs and poems and progress historically to the twentieth century. The Chinese word for "literature" - "wenxue" -  literally means "the study (xue) of patterns (wen)." In class, we will search for thematic, rhythmic, stylistic, and philosophical patterns that structure individual texts. We will also discover broader social patterns that transcend individual works and bind the tradition together. All texts will be read in English translation; no knowledge of Chinese language or literature is expected. There will be frequent writing assignments and teaching materials prepared by lecturers.