CHIN - Chinese


Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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Course Descriptions

Global Citizenship Program
Knowledge Areas
ARTS Arts Appreciation
GLBL Global Understanding
PNW Physical & Natural World
QL Quantitative Literacy
ROC Roots of Cultures
SSHB Social Systems & Human Behavior
Global Citizenship Program
Skill Areas
CRI Critical Thinking
ETH Ethical Reasoning
INTC Intercultural Competence
OCOM Oral Communication
WCOM Written Communication
** Course fulfills two skill areas


CHIN 1070 Intensive Introduction to Chinese Language: Level I (3)

This course is for students who have had no prior experience with the Chinese language and are interested in learning the basics of Chinese as well as culture. Throughout the course, students will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. However, the emphasis will be on building up students' communicative competence in oral and listening skills. Reading and writing will be adequately introduced along with speaking and listening skills. This course will also introduce Chinese culture through class video watching, class discussion, traditional Chinese festival celebrations and other activities. GCP Coding: (GLBL) (INTC).

CHIN 1090 Elementary Chinese Level 1 (3)

This course will introduce the students to Chinese phonetics, characters and some basic grammar. Students will practice Chinese listening and speaking through classroom discussions and drills, and reading and writing by studying the textbook and doing workbook exercises. Students will learn about Chinese culture through the study of festival celebrations and Chinese cinema. GCP Coding: (GLBL) (INTC).

CHIN 1100 Elementary Chinese Level 2 (3)

This course is a continuation of CHIN 1090. It teaches Chinese listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on listening and speaking. The goal is fluency in basic linguistic structures needed for everyday situations, being able to read and write short messages in Chinese and an understanding of the origin of specific cultural differences. Prerequisite: CHIN 1090 or ILC 1090 (Chinese) or the equivalent.

CHIN 2090 Intermediate Chinese Level 1 (3)

This course aims to strengthen listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese. Students progress from the concrete basic language of everyday situations to expressions of ideas and opinions in complete paragraphs. Students will achieve intermediate low-level fluency and greater intercultural competence. Prerequisite: CHIN 1100 or ILC 1100 (Chinese) or the equivalent.

CHIN 2100 Intermediate Chinese Level 2 (3)

Conducted mainly in Mandarin Chinese, this course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese Level 1 or the equivalent. Students develop their skills in written Chinese and 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 and be able to identify and explain key differences and key similarities between Chinese cultures and their own. Prerequisite: CHIN 2090 or ILC 2090 (Chinese) or the equivalent.