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Webster For-Credit Classes

All for-credit courses are offered through Webster University's International Languages and Cultures Department. Class availability in any given semester is determined by ILC.

Elementary Chinese level 1  (ILC 1090)

In this class students will be introduced to some of the important grammatical structures of spoken Chinese and a vocabulary of about 350 Chinese words.  With the language skills acquired during the first semester, students should be able to conduct some simple Chinese conversations, such as self-introductions, introducing family members, talking about daily life and personal hobbies, asking for directions, etc. 

This course will also introduce Chinese culture through class discussion, topic presentations, traditional Chinese festival celebrations, movie watching and other activities.  The students will have a better understanding of the complexity of elements important to Chinese people in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles and economy.

 

Elementary Chinese level 2  (ILC 1100)

In this class students will be introduced to 5 topics of spoken Chinese and a vocabulary of about 700 Chinese words. With the language skills acquired during the semester, students should be able to conduct some more interactive conversations in everyday situations, such as making appointment, visiting friends, shopping, taking transportations, etc. Students will also prepare for HSK (Standard Chinese language proficiency test) level 1 test, which will provide opportunities for the students to get scholarships for studying in China if pass.

 

Intermediate Chinese level 1   (ILC 2090)

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed a rigorous one-year college course in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, or its equivalent. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of Level I, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. In this course, students will be required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities will be complemented by intensive drills to fine-tune pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and internalize more complex grammatical constructions. Students will also do intensive reading of expository writings on a variety of cultural topics.

 

Intermediate Chinese level 2   (ILC 2100)

Conducted mainly in Mandarin Chinese, this course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese level 1 or the equivalent. While many of the linguistic tasks students learn to handle are similar to those of Intermediate Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. Students are introduced to the written Chinese and taught how to make the transition from reading pedagogically prepared materials to more authentic materials. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities will be complemented by intensive practice sessions to fine-tune pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and internalize more complex grammatical constructions. Students will also do intensive reading of expository writings on a variety of cultural topics.

 

Learn Chinese Culture through Cooking   (ILC 2150)

Food is always an essential part in Chinese culture. As a country that pays great attention to courtesy, the food culture is deeply rooted in China's history. In China, food is used to establish and maintain interpersonal relationship, celebrate important events and festivals, serve as traditional Chinese medicines, pay respect to the gods and ancestors, etc.

This course will cover 3 topics: the social functions of Chinese food; purchase, production, and distribution of food; table manners. The students will learn to cook typical dishes from 8 Chinese cuisines, buy Chinese food ingredients through grocery shopping tours, table manner practice by dinning at a local Chinese restaurant, celebrate traditional Chinese festival by making moon cakes, and appreciate fine authentic Chinese food through the demonstrations by Chinese chefs and guest speakers. The students will also learn some basic Chinese sentences (greetings, numbers and how to order food).

 

Chinese Films   (ILC 2150)

This course provides an introduction to Chinese culture through examining Chinese films in mainland China, (may also include Taiwan and Hong Kong.) We will use films to provide an introduction to China’s rich culture, values and history by screening a selection of internationally or nationally acclaimed Chinese films. Class time will be divided between watching films and discussing the relevant themes raised in these films both for Chinese and American audience.

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