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Chinese Curriculum

First-Year Chinese
100 - 105A. First-Year Chinese I, II (six semester credit hours each). Students of first-year Chinese receive an intensive introduction to Mandarin. Class sessions establish a solid foundation of conversational, reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. Traditional characters will be taught. A cultural component is interspersed with the daily language studies.

Second-Year Chinese
110A - 115A. Second-Year Chinese I, II (six semester credit hours each). The second-year intensive course is designed for students who have completed one year of formal training (or its equivalent) in both written and spoken Mandarin. Through oral/aural exercises and graded reading sections, the course amplifies the material taught at the beginning level. After a thorough review of basic Mandarin grammatical structures and vocabulary, students add more complex and simplified characters to perfect reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In the process, students transfer knowledge gained from the character-pattern learning approach of first-year Chinese to work with original Chinese texts drawn from literature, history, politics, and business.

Third-Year Chinese
200A - 205A. Third-Year Chinese I, II (six semester credit hours each). A course in conversation and composition, third-year, intensive Chinese increases proficiency in the four language skills, by developing fluency in expression through reading, writing, and speaking Chinese. The course introduces students to a range of authentic materials, including essays, short stories, and newspaper articles in both simplified and complex characters. The course also provides personalized instruction through selected readings in literature and the social sciences.

Fourth-Year Chinese
220A - 225A. Fourth-year Chinese I, II (six semester credit hours each). With selected review of grammar and development of vocabulary, this course develops fluency of expression through reading, writing, and speaking Chinese. The readings are unedited originals from contemporary Chinese literature and expository prose. Taught in Chinese.

This course is a fourth-year language course designed to meet the needs of students who are now ready to begin reading unedited material in modern Chinese. The choice of materials will reflect students’ interests. Choices may include contemporary Mainland and Taiwanese fiction, essays, political prose, and academic writing.

Possible texts include:
Wei Cheng by Qian Zhongshu
Luotuo xiangzi by Lao She
San yan by Feng Menglong
Er pai by Ling Mengchu
Grace Wan and Wallace Johnson, Advanced Reader in Chinese History (includes original articles by Gu Jiegang, Guo Moruo, Chin Ying, Qian Mu, etc.)