Forbidden City, BeijingCourse Descriptions

101 BEGINNING CHINESE I

5 Units

Chinese 101 teaches the fundamentals of Chinese grammar. Students are trained to pronounce Chinese (Mandarin) correctly, to acquire a small working vocabulary which they use in conversation and phonetic writing, to read and write in phonetic transcription and to read and write approximately 150 Chinese characters. Lecture 5 hours.

Recommended preparation: Eligibility for English 120 or ESL 151.

Note: Not open to students with oral proficiency or who have attended schools where Mandarin Chinese was the language of instruction.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

102 BEGINNING CHINESE II

5 units

Chinese 102 continues to present the fundamentals of Chinese grammar. Students are further trained to pronounce Mandarin correctly, to build their conversational and written vocabulary, and to read and write approximately 300 more Chinese characters. Lecture 5 hours.

Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or equivalent.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

103 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I

5 Units

Chinese 103 is designed to allow students to pursue different topics in more depth. It places considerable emphasis on building up of vocabulary, sentence patterns, and expanding reading and writing abilities. A variety of authentic language resources as well as the standard textbook will be adopted. Students will also enhance their critical listening, speaking, and note-taking skills. They are expected to participate fully in the discussion sessions in Mandarin Chinese. Lecture 5 hours.

Prerequisite: Chinese 102 or equivalent

Note: This course is offered during the Fall semester only.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC


104 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II

5 Units  

Chinese 104 aims to enhance reading, speaking, and writing skills through a wide range of reading materials of different genres and styles. This course will increase students' understanding of Chinese culture and contemporary Chinese life through in-depth study of various topics and issues, such as life style, education, gender roles, family, customs. In addition to learning more vocabulary, grammar and sentence patterns, students will be able to apply their knowledge to conversation and writing. This course will be conducted in Chinese. Students are encouraged to recognize both standard and simplified forms of Chinese characters. Students are expected to participate fully in the discussion sessions in Mandarin. Lecture 5 hours.

Prerequisite: Chinese 103 or equivalent

Note: This course is offered during the Spring semester only.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

110 BASIC CONVERSATIONAL CHINESE I (MANDARIN)

3 Units

Chinese 110 is an introduction to the Chinese language (Mandarin) with emphasis on developing essential skills in communication. The verbal active method used stresses oral expression. This course develops a working knowledge of reading and writing as well, and includes the use of tapes, cassettes, and films. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Note: Not open to students who have oral proficiency or who have attended schools where Chinese was the language of instruction.


111 BASIC CONVERSATIONAL CHINESE II

3 Units

Chinese 111 is a continuation of basic conversational Chinese. It teaches the students to communicate on a more advanced level and provides them with the ability to read and write basic Chinese as a route to further study. The classroom activities emphasize conversational repetition and oral expression. Reading and writing are introduced on a limited basis. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Chinese 110 or equivalent.


Not all courses are offered every semester. Independent study is available, with instructor permission, in all disciplines. Please contact the Language Arts Division for more information.

Last updated: 10/5/2012 10:12:33 AM