This is an introductory elective course for beginners emphasizing correct pronunciation and basic vocabulary for practical use in everyday conversational situations and travel dialogues. Students with no previous study of the language are prepared to use and understand it within a limited context and basic structure. Lecture: 3 hours
This elementary Chinese language course provides beginning students with basic Mandarin language skills. Students will learn both the language and culture nuances through different contexts. By the end of the semester, students will be able to comprehend and engage in simple daily conversations, accurately pronounce Chinese characters with the help of Han Yu Pin Yin (the Chinese pronunciation system), recognize nearly 200 Chinese characters, and understand the basic Chinese writing system. (Lecture: 3 hours)
Elementary Chinese II is a follow-up course to Elementary Chinese I. This course will provide further comprehensive training in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing through different contexts. Students will also have the opportunity to further expand their vocabulary (up to 500 basic characters) and learn more appropriate Chinese grammar and sentence structures to comprehend and engage in daily conversations. The aim of this course is to continue to build a solid foundation for those who would like to learn Chinese at a higher level. (Lecture: 3 hours)
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