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CHIN 105 Chinese I – Elementary
Introduction to the contemporary Mandarin Chinese language through developing listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including mastery of the pinyin pronunciation system and introduction to Chinese characters.
4 credit hours
CHIN 106 Chinese II - Elementary/Intermediate
Continued practice in the aural, oral, reading and writing skills of Mandarin Chinese including the identification and reproduction of basic Chinese characters. Introduction to formality levels and to reading and writing texts in Chinese characters.
CHIN 107 Chinese III - Intermediate
Development of aural, oral, reading and writing skills at the intermediate Chinese level, including continued practice in identifying and reproducing Chinese characters, handling a greater variety of formality levels, and further comprehending spoken (Koutouyu) and written (Shumianyu) language differences.
RESTRICTIONS: Satisfies College of Arts and Sciences language requirement
CHIN 200-010/080 Chinese Grammar and Composition
This course aims at a further development of all four language skills which the students have acquired from the 100-level CHIN courses. In particular, the course emphasizes a further study of advanced Chinese grammar and basic essay writing. By the end of this course, students should have commanded around 250 new words and/or phrases in order to engage in a linguistically and culturally sophisticated communication in Chinese.
PREREQ: CHIN107 or instructor's permission
CHIN204-010/080 The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
This course introduces students to the rich art of Chinese calligraphy. Students will first learn how to use brush pen to practice Chinese calligraphy after learning Tai Chi and meditation. Students will learn basics of Chinese painting and be able to pain simple objects such as insects, fish, and flowers. This class has an honors add-on section.
3 credit hours
CHIN 355-010/080 Special Topics
This course is designed to improve students’ integrated language skills through dialogues from TV programs and films. Students will develop abilities to comprehend authentic language materials, understand features of spoken and written Chinese, and produce paragraph-level Chinese on familiar topics.
PREREQ: Two CHIN courses at the 200- level, one of which must be CHIN200 or instructor's permission.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary
CHIN467 Advanced Listening and Speaking in Chinese
This course is designed to meet the needs of advanced students of Chinese. Students advance their listening and speaking proficiency by diving into authentic language materials on topics varying from internet privacy issues, environmental protection to Sino-US relations and technology innovation.
PREREQ: Two CHIN courses at 300- level or instructor's permission
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
LLCU321: Anti-Heroes in Modern Chinese Literature
Description: This course introduces students to the image of anti-heroes in modern Chinese literature, a counter-tradition endemic to the heroic discourse in the main stream of Confucian orthodoxy and the ideology of socialism. The comparative perspective the course adopts will enable students to have a better understanding of how the literary representation of anti-heroes is historicized and contextualized. Selected films will be shown to complement and enhance such study.
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