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CHIN 131 is a basic Chinese course designed for non-heritage students. Our main objective is to help students who had no previous experience with the language of Chinese to be able to engage in simple Chinese conversations. CHIN 131 contains 5 lessons, which consists of school life insights from a few students with different nationalities. The theme goes into detail as the lessons go on from the protagonist’s family to his/her friends and school life. As students complete this course, they will be able to introduce their family, friends, and themselves to others, as well as their hobbies and interests, etc.
This course will elaborate and improve students’ Chinese language in three different aspects: knowledge, skill, and competence. Students will gain valuable knowledge on the application of Chinese language usage, and this knowledge will build a strong foundation for learning in the future. In addition, students will have many opportunities to practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Competence leads the students to self-reflect on their language skills and strategies. Moreover, competence also suggests the development of students’ understanding and familiarity with Chinese culture.
CHIN 131 is also an interactive and co-active course. Besides participating in the classroom, students have many opportunities to communicate with their teachers, other students, and volunteers to practice their conversation skills. Teachers also encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and participate in student projects and activities that are associated with the Chinese community. The objective is not simply acquiring a language, but to use the knowledge as a tool to connect with the Chinese community. CHIN 131 has established oral practices that take place once a week to help students build confidence while having the opportunity to communicate with native speakers. We invited many passionate volunteers that are Chinese native speakers to engage in conversations with students one on one. As students participate in oral practices, they develop the courage and tactics to convey their ideas accurately in Chinese.
Another component of competency is the ability to acknowledge one’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of improving one’s language skills. This acknowledgment will help the students to find their best-suited learning strategy, as well as solving any obstacles during this process. We also hope to eliminate any separation that is caused by the differences between Western and Chinese culture. For example, ethnic Chinese talk about their marriage and their age in daily conversations, while these topics are considered to be sensitive in Western culture. One of the main purposes of CHIN 131 is to lead students to explore the distinctive qualities that distinguish Chinese culture and to avoid any misunderstandings or possible unfamiliarity.
The Chinese program at UBC will open 3 classes of CHIN 131 next term. The 3 teachers of this course will vary in their teaching styles, however, their goals and standards will remain constant to expectation. This course is designed for students that wish to incorporate the Chinese language to their lifestyles, as well as anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture and the Chinese community. Please feel free to register for this course and we welcome anyone interested in learning Chinese!
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CHIN 131 Basic Chinese Language Courses for Non-heritage Students
本课程的教学围绕三个方面开展：Knowledge(知识), skill(技能) and competence(能力)。Knowledge，顾名思义，目标在于授予学生中文语言的相关知识，为学生日后更深入的语言学习打好基础；而skills， 指的是学生的听、说、读、写四项技能的培养；competence 则是引导学生反思自身的语言学习能力与策略，此外competence 也旨在发展学生对华人圈文化的认识与理解的能力。
Written by: Yudan Wang 王禹丹
Chinese editor: Alexandra Hu 胡艺涵
Translated by: Lindsay Yan 严瑗