CHI: Chinese Language

CHI 111: Elementary Chinese I

An introduction to spoken and written Chinese Mandarin, with equal attention to speaking, reading, and writing. Laboratory practice supplements class work. No student who has had two or more years of Chinese in high school or who has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency will be permitted to enroll in CHI 111 without written permission from the supervisor of the course.

4 credits

CHI 112 - S3: Elementary Chinese II

An introduction to spoken and written Chinese Mandarin, with equal attention to speaking, reading, and writing. Laboratory practice supplements class work.

Prerequisite: CHI 111

4 credits

CHI 210 - S3: Elementary Chinese for Chinese Speakers

An elementary level Chinese language course for students who have had some exposure to the Chinese cultural norms and conventions and who already can communicate in Chinese orally on topics of daily routines, although with grammatical mistakes and non-standard pronunciation, but cannot read or write. The course focuses on reading and writing skills and expands the depth and scope of exposure to the Chinese culture.

4 credits

CHI 211 - S3: Intermediate Chinese I

An intermediate course in Chinese Mandarin to develop audiolingual skills and reading and writing ability. Selected texts serve as the basis for practice in reading comprehension and composition. Intensive exercises in character writing are required to develop writing technique.

Prerequisite: CHI 212 or 210 or proficiency in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 212 - S3: Intermediate Chinese II

An intermediate course in Chinese Mandarin to develop audiolingual skills and reading and writing ability. Selected texts serve as the basis for practice in reading comprehension and composition. Intensive exercises in character writing are required to develop writing technique.

Prerequisite: CHI 211

3 credits

CHI 301: Advanced Chinese I

The first part of an advanced course designed for the third-year students of Chinese as a foreign or heritage language to strengthen their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Chinese beyond the intermediate level. Students learn to read and comprehend a variety of texts from Chinese newspaper/magazine articles, TV/films, and literary works and to write creatively and professionally in Chinese using sophisticated vocabulary and advanced Chinese characters. Students will also be trained to comprehend authentic spoken Mandarin Chinese, using a variety of audio-visual materials and to communicate in Mandarin Chinese, applying appropriate socio-cultural norms. This course is not intended for students who already speak Chinese natively.

Prerequisite: CHI 212 or proficiency in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 302: Advanced Chinese II

The second part of an advanced course designed for the third-year students of Chinese as a foreign or heritage language to strengthen their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Chinese beyond the intermediate level. Students learn to read and comprehend a variety of texts from Chinese newspaper/magazine articles, TV/films, and literary works and to write creatively and professionally in Chinese using sophisticated vocabulary and advanced Chinese characters. Students will also be trained to comprehend authentic spoken Mandarin Chinese, using a variety of audio-visual materials and to communicate in Mandarin Chinese, applying appropriate socio-cultural norms. This course is not intended for students who already speak Chinese natively.

Prerequisite: CHI 311 or placement test

3 credits

CHI 410: Business Chinese

A course designed for students who wish to expand their Chinese communication skills in a business context and understand socio-economic situations as well as socio-cultural values in China. Upon completing this course, students will be able to hold conversations with correct business vocabulary and with culturally appropriate manners, read authentic materials related to business and economics in China, and write business correspondence in proper styles and formats.

Prerequisite: CHI 312 or equivalent

3 credits

CHI 411 ​- J & 3: Readings in Journalistic Chinese

Narrative readings in Chinese selected from Chinese newspapers and magazines, including news reports and narrations on life styles, people, and landscapes. Students are expected to improve their skills in the analysis and writing of narrative readings. This course is designed for students who already have advanced level proficiency in Chinese, who can read and write everyday vernacular Chinese, but who have not been exposed to more formal language and literary forms. Not for credit in addition to the discontinued CHI 311.

Prerequisite: CHI 312 or proficiency in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 412 ​- J & 3: Readings in Classical Chinese

Introduction to writings in Chinese that appeared before the May 4th Movement (circa 1920), which marked the beginning of modern Chinese. The course introduces students to readings in classical Chinese and to acquaint students with cultures and customs of traditional China. This course is designed for students who already have advanced level proficiency in Chinese, who can read and write everyday vernacular Chinese, but who have not been exposed to more formal language and literary forms. Not for credit in addition to the discontinued CHI 312.

Prerequisite: CHI 312 or proficiency in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 421 ​- J & 3: Chinese Poetry and Short Stories

Selected masterpieces of poetry and short stories written during the first half of the 20th century. Students are expected to improve their skills in literature appreciation and to model their own writings after works read in class. This course is designed for students who already have advanced level proficiency in the Chinese language in all its forms including reading and writing. Not for credit in addition to the discontinued CHI 395 or CHI 321.

Prerequisite: Advanced level proficiency in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 422 ​- J & 3: Chinese Lyric Prose and Plays

Selected masterpieces of lyric prose and drama written during the first half of the 20th century. Students are expected to improve their skills in literature appreciation and to model their own writings after works read in class. This course is designed for students who already have advanced level proficiency in the Chinese language in all its forms including reading and writing. Not for credit in addition to the discontinued CHI 396 or CHI 322.

Prerequisite: Advanced level proficiency in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 447 - S3: Directed Readings in Chinese

Individually supervised readings in selected topics in Chinese language and literature or, alternatively, for the purpose of developing Chinese vocabulary in a secondary field, in selected topics in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. May be repeated.

Prerequisite: Permission of department

1-6 credits

CHI 487: Independent Research

An individual research project in Chinese, such as translation, analysis of documents or literature, etc., in consultation with the instructor. Students are expected to meet at regular intervals and to present the completed project at the end of the semester. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Interview; permission of instructor

0-3 credits