The Chinese program
offers Mandarin Chinese courses at all levels. Courses of elementary and
intermediate Chinese are for students who do not have any Chinese language
background. Students will develop Chinese language proficiency in both
receptive and productive skills. They will also have an understanding of
Chinese culture that enables them to interact with Chinese language users in
linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Instructional materials and
activities are learner-centered and task-based. Activities emphasize both
skill-getting and skill-using. Drills and activities stimulating real life
situations are carefully integrated to help students learn the correct form
of the Chinese language as well as the appropriate ways of communicating in
Chinese. Open-ended communicative activities simulating real life situations
are carefully integrated to help students learn the correct forms and
appropriate ways of communicating in Chinese. The Program also offers many
Chinese culture, film and literature courses taught in English.
CHNS 1501 and 1502 are
designed to help students develop the skills to comprehend and produce
Chinese at the sentence level, and to handle simple survival situations.
Conversation skills are emphasized. Reading and writing Chinese characters
are also practiced. Restricted to nonnative speakers of Chinese
CHNS 2301 and 2302 are
intermediate courses concentrating on acquiring the ability to understand
and produce Chinese at the paragraph level. The courses also help students
become acquainted with career opportunities related to China.
Restricted to nonnative
speakers of Chinese
CHNS 3301 and 3302
continue to develop communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading,
writing, and culture understanding. Training on linguistically and
stylistically formal language used in speeches and in various types of
writings. Reading and writing skills are emphasized. Restricted to nonnative
speakers of Chinese. Restricted to nonnative speakers of Chinese.
CHNS 3303 (Readings in
Modern Chinese) is for students who have language background and received
course credit of CHNS 2302 and / or 3301 by exam. Readings include essays,
stories, biographies, and criticisms that expose students with a variety of
modern Chinese literary genres and some major substantive issues in modern
CHNS 3304 (Business Chinese) Business Chinese I is for students who finished
CHNS 3301 or who have Chinese language background. The course covers oral
and written communication with concentration on contemporary business policy
and practice in modern China. The course offers understanding of differences
and similarities in trade, finance, and business structures in cross-culture
CHNS 3305 (Survey of
Chinese Literature) is for students who have Chinese language
background and received course credit of CHNS 2302 and / or 3301 by exam.
Readings include essays, novels, and poems in the history of Chinese
CHNS 3350 (Chinese Culture
Through Films) provides a showcase to today’s China where economic reform
has brought drastic changes to people’s daily life. The films present the
social transformation in the last two decades (the 1980s-90s) and the
changes of people’s understanding of Chinese modernity and economic
globalization. They also reveal conflicts between conventional Chinese
values and the modern legal system; fast economic development and
traditional ways of living; the prosperity of cities and the poverty of the
country; and materialism and a good sense of values. Films, as a medium,
are integrated in economy, culture and value of a nation, mediate among
them, and provide us with the special instance to examine and understand the
respective culture and society. All the films have received prestigious
national and international awards and prizes. . All the films have English
subtitles, and readings are in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese
language is required.
(Chinese Culture and Society through Modern Literature) A Core Curriculum
Course for Humanities. This course provides an understanding of modern China
through literary writings. Readings are selected from political, economic,
social, and literary perspectives to help students develop their literary
critiques and intellectual inquiry. All readings are in English translation.
No previous knowledge of Chinese language is required.
(Chinese Language and Culture) provides an understanding of the nature of
the Chinese language, and particularly the nature of the Chinese writing
system. The Chinese language, especially written language, is one of the
most powerful symbols of Chinese cultural unity. The understanding of the
language bears broadly on such areas as culture, linguistics, psychology,
education, and political unit. Although this course is on the study of the
Chinese language, no previous knowledge of Chinese language is necessarily
required. (Knowing the language can be a plus).
CHNS 3398 (Chinese Literature in Translation) provides an understanding of
contemporary China where economic reform has brought drastic changes to
people’s daily life. The course presents the social transformation in the
last two decades and the changes of people’s understanding of Chinese
modernity and economic globalization. Readings are all in English including
short novels, poems, and essays.
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