Heritage 100 Level Course Descriptions

Basic Chinese Language Courses for Heritage Students

 

Non-Intensive Basic Chinese I – Part I

CHIN 141 (3) – Term 1 (4hrs/week)

CHIN 141 is an introductory course for heritage language learners who have native or near-native speaking ability in Chinese, but have little or no knowledge of written Chinese . Building upon the students’ oral/aural abilities, this course aims to develop students’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese , with special emphasis on reading and writing. By the end of the course, students are expected to have a good command of Mandarin pronunciation, part of basic grammar, an active vocabulary of 300 characters, basic sentence patterns, and basic reading and writing skills in the Chinese language.

Textbook : A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese Vol. I (Li et al. 2004) (Simplified character edition)

Prerequisite : None

Placement interview : required.
Continued Area of Study : CHIN 143

Non-Intensive Basic Chinese I – Part II

CHIN 143 (3) – Term 2 (4hrs/week)

CHIN 143 is a continuation of CHIN 141. This course aims to develop heritage language learners’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese , with special emphasis on reading and writing. By the end of CHIN 143, the students are expected to be able to master an active vocabulary of 600 Chinese characters, to have a good command of part of the basic grammar, idiomatic expressions, sentence patterns, Mandarin pronunciation, and basic reading and writing skills in the Chinese language.

Textbook : A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese Vol. I (Li et al. 2004) (Simplified character edition)

Prerequisite : CHIN 141 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)
Continued Area of Study : CHIN 241 or 244

Intensive Basic Chinese I

CHIN 144 (6) – Term 1 (8hrs/week)

CHIN 144 is an intensive 6-credit introductory course for heritage language learners who have native or near-native speaking ability in Chinese, but have little or no knowledge in written Chinese. Building upon students’ oral/aural abilities, this course aims to develop students’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese, with special emphasis on reading and writing. By the end of the course, students are expected to have had a good command of Mandarin pronunciation, part of the basic grammar, an active vocabulary of 600 Chinese characters, basic sentence patterns, and basic reading and writing skills in the Chinese language.

Textbook : A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese Vol. I (Li et al. 2004) (Simplified character edition)

Prerequisite : None

Placement interview : required

Equivalent : CHIN 141 + CHIN 143

Continued Area of Study : CHIN 241 or 244