Chinese Language Courses

CHINESE 111-1,2,3 Chinese I

This three-quarter sequence of beginning college level Chinese is designed for true beginners with no previous background in the language. This course is an introduction to Chinese, its basic grammar, pinyin system, vocabulary, usage, and the Chinese writing system. It also focuses on developing basic communicative skills and knowledge of the Chinese culture. There will be extensive student-oriented practice in pronunciation, conversations, listening comprehension, and sentence structures in class. Our goal is to lay the solid ground work for your study of Chinese whether you plan to have a concentration in Chinese or enroll merely to satisfy a language requirement. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students are expected to reach Novice-High level of the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. (http://actflproficiencyguidelines2012.org)

Registration Requirements

Except for Chinese 111-1, students must pass the preceding course with C- or above, or must be placed into the course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method
There will be extensive student-oriented practice in pronunciation, conversations, listening comprehension, and sentence structures in class. English will be used mainly for instruction on sentence structures and patterns. Interaction between instructor and among students will be in Chinese.

Evaluation Method
Attendance and participation
Written assignments
Dictations
Oral quizzes
Written quizzes
Final exam

Class Materials (Required)
Fall quarter and Winter quarter
Textbook and Workbook: Modern Chinese 1A Simplified Characters (second edition)
Publisher: Better Chinese ISBN: 978-1-60603-573-3 (textbook); 978-1-60603-572-6 (workbook)
Price:$59.95(textbook) $ 29.95(workbook)

Spring quarter
Textbook and Workbook: Modern Chinese 1B Simplified Characters (second edition)
Publisher: Better Chinese ISBN: 978-1-60603-578-8 (textbook) 978-1-60603-579-5 (workbook)
Price:$59.95(textbook) $ 29.95(workbook)

CHINESE 115-1,2,3 Chinese I - Accelerated

This is an introductory course in Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), designed for students who have had exposure to spoken Mandarin Chinese, such as Chinese heritage students who speak Mandarin Chinese at home, or other students who have reached the proficiency level to be in this class. Mandarin Chinese is the means of instruction. The emphasis in this class is to develop and improve reading and writing skills.

Registration Requirements

Except for Chinese 115-1, students must pass the preceding course with C- or above, or must be placed into the course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method

Four regular class hours are for analysis of etymology of Chinese characters and diction. Students will discuss questions from readings and make speeches based on the themes they study.

Evaluation Method

Classroom attendance and performance, written assignments, oral reports, dictations, a midterm exam and a final exam.



Class Materials (Required)
Textbook and Workbook Integrated Chinese(Level 1, Part 1 3rd edition),
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company.
ISBN: 9780887276385 (textbook); 9780887276408 (workbook)
Price: $47.99 (textbook); $25.99(workbook)

Winter quarter & Spring quarter:
Textbook and Workbook Integrated Chinese(Level 1, Part2 3rd edition),
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company.
ISBN: 9780887276705(textbook); 9780887276743 (workbook)
Price: $54.99 (textbook); $25.99(workbook)


CHINESE 121-1,2,3 Chinese II

This year-long course is a sequel to Chinese I (Chinese 111), designed for students who have completed Chinese 111 at Northwestern or the equivalent elsewhere. It aims to further develop students’ Chinese proficiency through: (1) consolidating the foundation built in students’ beginning modern Chinese courses; (2) introducing them to more complex grammatical structures, varieties of language styles, and background cultural information. Upon the satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to handle various types of more complex daily conversational situations and multi-paragraph passages on familiar topics. This 50-minute class meets five times a week. Successful completion of CHINESE 121-3 will satisfy the WCAS foreign language requirement.

Registration Requirements

Students must pass the preceding course with C- or above, or must be placed into the course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method

This course is conducted mostly in Chinese. Class time mainly focuses on speaking and listening skill development. There will also be reading and writing activities and assignments. Students are expected to be fully prepared for each lesson.

Evaluation Method

Class attendance and participation, assignments, dictations, oral quizzes and oral presentations, a midterm and a final.

Class Materials (Required)

Fall quarter:
Textbook and workbook: Modern Chinese 1B (Second Edition) Simplified Characters
Publisher: Better Chinese
ISBN: 978-1-60603-578-8 (textbook): 978-1-60603-579-5 (workbook)
Price: $59.95 (textbook); $29.95(workbook)

Winter quarter & Spring quarter:
Textbook and workbook: Modern Chinese 2A Simplified Characters
Publisher: Better Chinese
ISBN: 978-1-60603-487-3(textbook); 978-1-60603-488-0 (workbook)
Price: $69.95 (textbook); $34.95(workbook)

CHINESE 125-1,2,3 Chinese II - Accelerated

This course is an intermediate Chinese class for heritage learners who grew up in Chinese speaking environments and have completed at least one year of college-level Chinese. The goals of this course are to train students to learn Chinese characters systematically and efficiently through texts that are arranged by themes, which are directly related to students' daily activities. Students will be able to read simple texts and newspaper articles. They will also be able to write short letters and essays about their daily life. By the end of the sequence of the course in Spring, students will have a command of the 2,000 most commonly used Chinese characters selected by the Languages and Characters Committee of China. Students are expected to come to class fully prepared. They should participate in class activities and discussions actively. They will do dictations for each of the six/seven lessons, take written quizzes, dictations, oral exams, and a final exam.

Registration Requirements:
Students must pass the preceding course with C- or above, or must be placed into the course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method:
Four regular class hours are for learning of the key vocabulary, analysis of sentence structure, familiarity with Chinese culture, awareness of different registers, and discussion of topics related to the texts and supplementary readings. Students are expected to write and report on topics that have been covered in the texts and supplementary readings.

Evaluation Method:
Class performance, written assignments, oral reports, written quizzes, and a final exam.

Class Materials (Required):
Fall quarter:
Textbook and workbook : Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Part1 (3rd ed.);
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company.
ISBN: 9780887276798 (textbook); 9780887276835 (workbook)
Price: $58.99(textbook); $27.99

Winter quarter & Spring quarter:
Textbook and workbook : Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Part2 (3rd ed.);
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company.
ISBN: 9780887276880 (textbook); 9780887276927 (workbook)
Price: $59.99(textbook); $28.99

CHINESE 211-1,2,3 Chinese III

CHINESE 211 is a year-long intermediate-level course, designed to further develop students' communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in modern Chinese as well as to deepen understanding of Chinese culture and social issues. Student-centered communicative activities with introductions to lesson vocabulary and sentence structures. Students will learn the use of the language for description and discussion through various topics, tasks and activities. Chinese is the language used in this course. Upon satisfactory completion of the whole sequence course, students are expected to reach Intermediate-High level of the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Registration Requirements
Students must pass the preceding course with C- or above, or must be placed into the course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method

Student-centered communicative activities with introductions to lesson vocabulary and sentence structures. Class conducted in Chinese.

Evaluation Method

Class attendance and participation, homework/projects, oral and written quizzes, mid term and final written exams.

CHINESE 212-0 Chinese in Business Practice 1

This is a one-quarter, non-sequential course offered in the spring quarter every year. This course focuses on using the target language properly in a professional social setting and is designed for students aspiring to China-focused careers and those interested in learning Chinese with materials related to business. In this course students will acquire business-related Chinese language skills, and gain a cross-cultural perspective of Chinese business practices. The emphasis will be on communicative situations such as social interactions, business travel, oral and written contact with peers, superiors and customers. This course integrates the study of language, cross-cultural awareness, and professional interaction. In addition to gaining enhanced overall fluency in and comprehension of the Chinese language, by the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate adequate manners in social interactions with Chinese people, make fluent use of a basic business-related vocabulary, develop business communication skills in spoken and written Chinese, read and write using the textual forms and genres common to business settings.

Registration Requirements
Chinese 211-2 with a minimum grade C- or equivalent.
Chinese 125-2 (and not higher) with a minimum grade C- or equivalent

Teaching Method
The emphasis will be on communicative situations such as social interactions, business travel, oral and written contact with peers, superiors and customers. This course integrates the study of language, cross-cultural awareness, and professional interaction.

Evaluation Method
Attendance and classroom participation, oral midterms, written midterms, daily quizzes, final exam, oral presentations

Class Materials (Required)
• New Silk Road Business Chinese - Intermediate Level - Comprehensive Course - (Business) - 1 新丝路中级商务汉语综合教程(商务篇)”
• Publisher: Peking University Press; ISBN 978-7-301-20344-6/H. 3017)
• and other supplementary materials compiled by the instructor.

CHINESE 215-1,2,3 Chinese III - Accelerated

This is an advanced modern Chinese (Mandarin) class to further develop students' communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in modern standard Chinese. The pedagogical goal in this class is to progress from simple, basic words and sentences mastered during the first two years to be able to use more sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structures appropriate for discussing abstract concepts such as economics or culture. The aim is to provide rigorous training to improve students' oral proficiency, and in the meantime, upgrade their reading comprehension and writing skills. It is expected students are able to express themselves accurately and appropriately about Chinese cultural concepts social change, economic development and human relationships.

Registration Requirements
Students must pass the preceding course with C- or above, or must be placed into the course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method
We use Chinese to discuss our readings. Students are also expected to write short essays based on the topics discussed in class.

Evaluation Method
Attendance 10%, Homework 10%, Written essays 10%, Quizzes 10%, Oral reports 20%, Test 20%, Final 20%

Class Materials (Required)
Textbook “ Reading Into a New China” by Duanduan Li & Irene Liu,
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-88727-627-9
Price: $49.99

CHINESE 311-1,2,3 Chinese IV - Formal Speaking/Formal Writing/Formal Reading

This independent quarterly course is designed to develop students’ abilities to read short literary works in the original Chinese, with the continuing improvements of the other three language skills—listening, speaking and writing. Student will learn to read and understand authentic Chinese literary works in different written forms and different language styles by various authors. The course also introduces the social, cultural and historical background of each literary work through supplementary readings and lecture. Students are asked to participate in in-class discussions on assigned texts with a special focus on writing style as well as cultural and social background. The various topics covered in this course will deepen students’ understanding of Chinese language, culture and recent history. Chinese is the means of instruction. At the end of the course, students will be able to read and understand Chinese-language short stories in various literary forms and linguistic styles.

Registration Requirements
CHINESE 211-3 with grade C- or above.
Students may be placed into this course by the departmental placement test.

Teaching Method
Class meets 3 hours per week. Students will improve their skills in reading authentic Chinese short literature works through reading and understanding authentic Chinese short short stories . Student will learn how to read and understand authentic Chinese literature works in different written forms and different language styles by different authors. Also, they will learn the social, cultural, historical, or even personal background of each literature work to help them to understand the works better. There are also discussions about the stories, the way/ style of the writing and as well as about the cultural/ socials background. The various topics/themes covered in this course will also help students understand better about the Chinese, their culture and their lives and their emotions. Chinese is the language used in class.

Evaluation Method
Attendance
classroom participation
Homework
Papers
Oral Presentations

Class Materials (Required)
Fall quarter & Winter quarter:
Textbook: Crossing Culture Boundaries (second edition)
Author: Kunshan Carolyn Lee, Hsin-hsin Liang, Liwei Jiao, Julian K Wheatley
ISBN: 978-0-415-77407-9

Spring quarter:
Textbook: Reading Chinese Short Short Stories
Author: Aili Mu, Ling Mu, Rongzhen Li
Printed by www.lulu.com
ISBN: N/A

CHINESE 312-0 Chinese In Business Practice 2

This course is designed as the continuation of Chinese 212 in order to complete the training of basic Business Chinese. In addition to introducing more Chinese business lexicons and more language styles used in Chinese business culture, this course features training students to engage more in tasks that are relatively complicated and crucial to corporate operations, such as conducting market research, discussing marketing strategy and investment environment, dealing with disputes, producing formal business correspondence and business report, negotiation, etc.

Registration Requirements:
Students must have completed Chinese 211-3 or 212-0 or Chinese 125-3 (and not higher) with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent.

Teaching Method:
Students will improve their command of advanced vocabulary and the formality of Chinese necessary for professional work settings through business report, simulated projects, role-plays, etc. This course integrates the study of language, cross-cultural awareness, and professional interaction.

Evaluation Method:
Attendance, classroom participation, daily homework, written exam, oral exam (presentations and skits), final project

Class Materials (Required):
“New Silk Road Business Chinese - Intermediate Level - Comprehensive Course - (Business) - 2 新丝路中级商务汉语综合教程(商务篇)-II” (Peking University Press; ISBN 978-7-301-20345-3/H. 3018)

CHINESE 315-1,2,3 Accelerated Chinese IV - Advanced Modern Chinese

Chinese 315 is a quarter-long series of advanced modern Chinese courses composed by the following independent courses: Chinese 315-1: Formal writing and Public speaking, Chinese 315-2: Advanced Reading and Writing, Chinese 315-3: Media and Society. The content of these three courses covers contemporary social and media issues in China such as the Chinese economy, education, and pop culture. The teaching goals for these 3 courses are: to train students to write and speak long and formal sentences that express abstract ideas, write formal essays and make formal speeches concerning social and economic issues. Class activities and assignments include: essay reading and writing, class discussion and in-class speeches based on their essays. Upon the satisfactory completion of these courses, students are expected to reach a near-native proficiency in carrying on discussions from the perspective of different viewpoints, writing short essays based on the topics discussed in class and reading primary sources about Chinese social cultural issues in the original language. They will reach advanced low to high in reading, writing, listening and speaking according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Registration Requirements
CHINESE 215-3 with grade C- or above or by placement
Three courses of CHINESE 311-1,2,3 with C- or above, or by placement.

Teaching Method
The instructor will lead discussion on class about the main theme of the articles or media reports. Students are required to do the preparation before class. After discussing the reading materials on class, students are assigned to write their papers on these topics. The instructor will make necessary corrections and suggestions on the papers. Students get the papers back, rewrite them according to the suggestions, and then present them to class as formal oral presentations. Students will be graded on the quality of their oral presentations and papers.

Evaluation Method
Attendance, Classroom participation, Papers, Oral presentations

Class Materials (Required)

Textbook: Reading China: A Panorama of Life, Culture, and Society (Volume 1)
Publisher: Lulu.com
Author: Zhengguo Kang, Ling Mu, Peisong Xu, Rohngzhen Li (traditional character edition or 4th edition, both published in 2010) Printed by www.lulu.com
http://classes.yale.edu/chns130/chinese153/textbook/How_to_Order.html
Price:$38.99

Winter quarter
Textbook: Road to Success (Volume 1)
Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press
Author: Zhao Dongmei
ISBN-978-7-5619-2177-7
Price:$25

Spring quarter
Textbook: Road to Success (Volume 2)
Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press
Author: Li Xiaoli
ISBN-978-7-5619-2253-8
Price: $26

CHINESE 320-0 Chinese V: Special Topics in Advanced Chinese

Each course is a stand-alone, quarterly course, designed for advanced level students. Various films, audiovisual materials and texts in the primary source will be used to develop students' ability to analyze textual logic, language patterns, culture features through diverse perspectives.

CHINESE 320-0-Rapid Change in China

The goal of this course is to further enhance students’ Chinese proficiency by systematically exposing them to texts with a wide range of topics related to the rapid pace of change in contemporary China. Theme-based instruction is applied and a variety of authentic materials are used in this course.

Registration Requirements:
Minimum two quarters of 311 or 315 or by placement

Teaching Method:
Lecture and discussion

Evaluation method:
Participation in class, essays, oral presentations

Class materials
Prepared by the instructor

CHINESE 320-0-Social and Cultural Issues in Contemporary China

The goal of this course is to further enhance students’ Chinese proficiency by systematically exposing them to texts in different contexts and culture in contemporary China. Theme-based instruction is applied and a variety of authentic materials are used in this course.

Registration Requirements:
Minimum two quarters of 300-level course with a grade of C- or above or by placement

Teaching Method:
Instructor-and-student-led discussions

Evaluation method:
Participation in class, essays, oral presentations

Class materials
Prepared by the instructor

CHINESE 322-0 Multinational Corporations in China

Topic: Multinational Corporations in China This course integrates advanced Chinese training with the study of China’s economic development. It starts from reading case studies of IKEA, Wal-Mart and P&G expanding business in the Chinese market and those of China-based name brands, such as Lenovo and Haier endeavoring for global recognition. Students will discuss the globalization and localization issues in these cases and apply them to real-world tasks such as translating and generating their own case studies, debating on a managerial decision, presenting persuasive business plans, etc. They will also learn to incorporate advanced vocabulary, Chinese formality and business terminology in writing and speaking. This course particularly suits students who have taken Chinese in Business Practice 1 and 2 (Chinese 214 and 312) and want to enhance reading, speaking and writing skills for China-focused careers in consulting or financial sectors. It also targets at those who hope to only not advance their Chinese proficiency but also learn to talk about economic topics with Chinese people like well-educated.

Registration Requirements:
Chinese 311-1, Chinese 311-2, Chinese 311-3 or Chinese 312 with a minimum grade C- or equivalent.
Chinese 215-1 (and not higher) with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent

Teaching Method:
training of advanced reading, speaking, writing and listening; discussions on China's economic development and globalization and localization of business; research projects

Evaluation Method:
written & oral exams; weekly assignments (presentation, group discussion and/or essay); daily homework

Class Materials (Required):
Business Chinese for Success: Real Cases from Real Companies成功之道:中级商务汉语案例教程ISBN:9787301080146