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[1] Courses in Chinese (CHIN)

1410 ELEMENTARY CHINESE I Beginning study of modern Standard Chinese for beginners with no prior exposure to the language. Basic skills are emphasized, including elementary Mandarin pronunciation, grammar, and orthography (in both Pinyin and characters). Discussion/lecture. Fall, spring.

1420 ELEMENTARY CHINESE II Continued study of modern Standard Chinese for learners who have had the equivalent of one semester of college Chinese. Basic skills are emphasized, including elementary Mandarin pronunciation, grammar, and orthography (in both Pinyin and characters). Discussion/lecture. Prerequisite: C grade or better in CHIN 1410 or consent of chair. Fall, spring.

2310 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I This course further develops the four basic language skills, with an emphasis on listening and speaking the acquisition of 300 simplified Chinese characters for short writing assignments on topics used in the textbook. Students will be able to recognize 900 characters by the end of this course. Discussion/lecture. Prerequisite: CHIN 1420. Fall, spring.

2320 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II This course further develops the four basic language skills, with an emphasis on listening and speaking and the acquisition of 300 simpliried Chinese characters for short writing assignments on topics used in the textbook. Students will be able to recognize 1200 characters by the end of this course. Discussion/lecture. Prerequisite: CHIN 2310. Fall, spring.

2340 INTENSIVE CHINESE CONVERSATION ABROAD Intensive practice in speaking Mandarin. Students must receive a minimum of 45 hours of classroom instruction, which may be supplemented by field experiences. Students must study in a program approved by the chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. CHIN 2340 cannot be counted toward the  minor in Chinese, nor can it be used to fulfill the three credit hours required at the intermediate level for the B.A. foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: CHIN 1420. On demand.

3300 ADVANCED CHINESE GRAMMAR I This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese and are ready to move on from the intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level. Students will learn how to communicate in broad and specific situational contexts with sophistication, while using complex grammar and rhetorical expressions. By the end of the class, students should be able to comprehend Chinese used in various contexts, to write short memos, and to discuss subject-oriented issues. Prequisite: CHIN 2320 or consent of chair. Offered every fall.

3303 ADVANCED CHINESE GRAMMAR II This course is designed for students who have completed five semesters of college-level Chinese and are ready to move on from the intermediate-high to advanced level. It will refine and synthesize students' previous knowledge of Chinese grammar and vocabulary by focusing on communicative functions. By the end of this class, students should be able to comprehend Chinese used in various contexts, to write short essays, and to discuss subject-oriented issues. Prerequisite: CHIN 3300 or consent of chair. Offered every spring.

3312 CULTURE AND SOCIETY: ADVANCED READINGS ON MODERN CHINA  An introduction to modern China, CHIN 3312 is designed for students who have completed five semesters of college-level Chinese and are ready to work at the intermediate-high to advanced level. Topics for discussion are drawn from newspaper articles and other media sources on social-cultural issues in China. By the end of the year, students should be able to comprehend Chinese used in various contexts, to write short essays, and to discuss subject-oriented issues. Prerequisite: CHIN 3300 or consent of chair. Offered every fall.

3320 ADVANCED READINGS IN CHINESE LITERATURE An introduction to  modern Chinese writers and their works from 1919 to the present. Students will learn to read essays, poems, and short stories written in modern Mandarin Chinese. Through reading the literary works, the students will gain a general knowledge of modern Chinese society and culture. Prerequisite: CHIN 3300 or consent of chair. Offered every spring.