Heritage 400 Level Course Descriptions

Advanced Chinese Language Courses for Heritage Students

Advanced Chinese — Reading and Writing I

CHIN 441 (3) – Term 1 (3hrs/week)

Dive into the Chinese literature. CHIN 441 is an advanced language course for heritage students focusing on Chinese literature work and analysis in modern Chinese. The course engages in reading and writing at an advanced level and strengthens students’ linguistic competence through expanding vocabulary; introducing advanced Chinese grammar and rhetoric; developing the students’ abilities to read and analyze modern Chinese prose, essays and short stories; as well as comprehensive training of Chinese writing. .This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-High Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : Pkg Xiandai Hanyu Gaoji Jiaocheng, Vol 1 Revised W / Mp3Xiandai Hanyu Gaoji Jiaocheng, Vol. 1, Revised Edition (Ma, 2013)

Prerequisite : CHIN 347, 348 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)

Continued Area of Study : CHIN 443

Advanced Chinese — Reading and Writing II

CHIN 443 (3) – Term 2 (3hrs/week)

Dive into the Chinese literature. CHIN 443 is a continuation course of CHIN 441, for heritage students who wish to focus on Chinese literature work and analysis in modern Chinese. The course engages in reading and writing at an advanced level and strengthens students’ linguistic competence through expanding vocabulary; introducing advanced Chinese grammar and rhetoric; developing the students’ abilities to read and analyze modern Chinese prose, essays and short stories; as well as comprehensive training of Chinese writing. .This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-High Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : Pkg Xiandai Hanyu Gaoji Jiaocheng, Vol 2 Revised W / Mp3Xiandai Hanyu Gaoji Jiaocheng, Vol. 2, Revised Edition (Ma, 2013)

Prerequisite : CHIN 441 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)


Continued Area of Study : CHIN 445, 448, 435 or Literature courses. (Students can take CHIN 441/443(CHIN 444), CHIN 445/447 (CHIN 448) and CHIN 435/437 concurrently or out of order.)

Summer 2019
No CHIN course(s) were found for S2019 term.

Intensive Advanced Chinese — Reading and Writing

CHIN 444 (6) – Term 1 (6hrs/week)

Dive into the Chinese literature. CHIN 444 is an intensive course for heritage students who wish to focus on Chinese literature work and analysis in modern Chinese in a shorter duration. The course engages in reading and writing at an advanced level and strengthens students’ linguistic competence through expanding vocabulary; introducing advanced Chinese grammar and rhetoric; developing the students’ abilities to read and analyze modern Chinese prose, essays and short stories; as well as comprehensive training of Chinese writing. This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-High Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : Xiandai Hanyu Gaoji Jiaocheng, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2,  Revised Edition (Ma, 2013)

Prerequisite : CHIN 347, 348 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)

Equivalent: CHIN 441 + CHIN 443


Continued Area of Study : CHIN 445, 448, 435 or Literature courses. (Students can take CHIN 441/443(CHIN 444), CHIN 445/447 (CHIN 448) and CHIN 435/437 concurrently or out of order.)

Advanced Chinese – Speaking and Writing I

CHIN 445 (3) – Term 1 (3hrs/week)

Present yourself in Chinese. CHIN 445 is an advanced Chinese course for heritage students focusing on polishing students’ speech writing and presenting. The course shifts from daily conversation to formal public speech language aiming to systematic introduction to public speaking skills; three rounds of speech practice; one round of impromptu speech; basic knowledge and techniques of argumentative composition; and five to six argumentative composition assignments. This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-High Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : TBA

Prerequisite : CHIN 347, 348, 443, 444 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)


Continued Area of Study : CHIN 447

Advanced Chinese – Speaking and Writing II

CHIN 447 (3) – Term 2 (3hrs/week)

Present yourself in Chinese. CHIN 447 is a continuation of CHIN 445 for heritage students focusing on polishing students’ speech writing and presenting. The course shifts from daily conversation to formal public speech language aiming to systematic introduction to public speaking skills; three rounds of speech practice; one round of impromptu speech; basic knowledge and techniques of argumentative composition; and five to six argumentative composition assignments. Through the training, students are expected to be able to articulate their views convincingly in both spoken and written modern Chinese language at the end of the course. This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-High Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : TBA

Prerequisite : CHIN 441, 445 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)

Continued Area of Study : CHIN 441, 435 or Literature courses. (Students can take CHIN 441/443(CHIN 444), CHIN 445/447 (CHIN 448) and CHIN 435/437 concurrently or out of order.)

Intensive Advanced Chinese – Speaking and Writing

CHIN 448 (6) – Term 2 (6hrs/week)

Formulate a speech in no time! CHIN 448 is an intensive course for heritage students to learn about speech writing and presenting in a short duration. The course shifts from daily conversation to formal public speech language aiming to systematic introduction to public speaking skills; three rounds of speech practice; one round of impromptu speech; basic knowledge and techniques of argumentative composition; and five to six argumentative composition assignments. Through the training, students are expected to be able to articulate their views convincingly in both spoken and written modern Chinese language at the end of the course. This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-High Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : TBA

Prerequisite : CHIN 347, 348, 443, 444 or equivalent

Placement interview : required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)

Equivalent: CHIN 445 + CHIN 447

Continued Area of Study : CHIN 441, 435 or Literature courses. (Students can take CHIN 441/443(CHIN 444), CHIN 445/447 (CHIN 448) and CHIN 435/437 concurrently or out of order.)

Business Chinese I

CHIN 435 (3) – Term 1 (3hrs/week)

Entering the big market! CHIN 435 is an advanced Chinese course for heritage students focusing on reading, writing, and presentation skills in business documentation. The course specifically focuses on technical Chinese as used in the workplace. Emphasis on specialized vocabulary and development of communicative competence as relevant to advertising, the stock market and E-commerce.This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-Mid Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : Close the Deal-Advanced Chinese for Creative and Productive Business

Prerequisite : CHIN 347, 348, or equivalent.

Placement interview : required

Continued Area of Study : CHIN 437

Business Chinese II

CHIN 437 (3) – Term 2 (3hrs/week)

Thrive in the Chinese business world! CHIN 437 is a continuation of CHIN 435 for heritage students focusing on reading, writing, and presentation skills in business documentation. The course specifically focuses on technical Chinese as used in the workplace. Emphasis on specialized vocabulary and development of communicative competence as relevant to advertising, the stock market and E-commerce.This course corresponds with the ACTFL Advanced-Mid Level Language Proficiency.

Textbook : Close the Deal-Advanced Chinese for Creative and Productive Business

Prerequisite : CHIN 435 or equivalent

Placement interview : required

Continued Area of Study : Chinese Literature courses. Students can take CHIN 441/443 (CHIN 444), CHIN 445/447 (CHIN 448) and CHIN 435/437 concurrently or out of order.

Intensive Business Chinese

CHIN 438 (6) – – (6hrs/week)

CHIN 438 is an intensive advanced Chinese language course designed for heritage students who are interested in doing business in Chinese-speaking communities (including China , Taiwan , Hong Kong , and Singapore ). (Non-heritage students are required to have equivalent Chinese language proficiency to register this course.) Students learn specialized business and economic vocabulary and conventions of business interaction and correspondence. Practical business-focused reading, writing, discussion, and presentation will be organized to build up students’ comprehensive abilities as a preparation to participate in various business activities and to deal with different business documents.

Textbook : Close the Deal-Advanced Chinese for Creative and Productive Business

Prerequisite : CHIN 347, 348, or equivalent.

Placement interview : required

Equivalent: CHIN 435 + CHIN 437

Continued Area of Study : Chinese Literature courses


Heritage 400 Level Literature Course Descriptions

Placement Interview Required

Classical Chinese Literature I (Heritage)

CHIN 491 (3) – Term 1 (3 hrs/week)

The development of early Chinese from the classical period through the Six Dynasties (5th century BCE to 6th century CE). (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite : One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437.

Classical Chinese Literature II (Heritage)

CHIN 493 (3) – Term 2 (3 hrs/week)

Readings on classical philosophy, history, literature, and culture of the Tang and Song dynasties (617-1279). (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: CHIN 491.

Classical Chinese Literature I & II (Heritage)

CHIN 494 (6) – (6hrs/week)

The Combination of CHIN 491 & 493. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437 or equivalency.

Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Han) (Heritage)

CHIN 461 (3) – Term 1 (3hrs/week)

Readings in classical poetry from pre-Qin to the end of Han dynasty, at an advanced level. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed  grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Han to Tang) (Heritage)

CHIN 463 (3) -Term 2 (3hrs/week)

Readings in classical poetry from the Six Dynasties to early Tang, at an advanced level. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed  grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite : One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Intensive) (Heritage)

CHIN 464 (6) – (6hrs/week)

A combination of CHIN 461 & 463. Classical poetry from pre-Qin to the early Tang dynasty, at an advanced level. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed  grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Later Classical Chinese Poetry (Tang) (Heritage)

CHIN 471 (3) -Term 1 (3hrs/week)

Readings in classical poetry from the time of Du Fu (712–770) to the end of the Tang dynasty, at an advanced level. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed  grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Later Classical Chinese Poetry (after Tang) (Heritage)

CHIN 473 (3) – Term 2 (3hrs/week)

Readings in classical poetry from the Song to the Qing dynasties, at an advanced level. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed  grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Later Classical Chinese Poetry (Intensive) (Heritage)

CHIN 474 (6) – (6hrs/week)

Combination of CHIN 471 & 473. Classical poetry from the time of Du Fu (712–770) to the end of the Qing dynasty, at an advanced level. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Modern Chinese Literature I (Heritage)

CHIN 481 (3) -Term 1 (3hrs/week)

Selected literature readings from the May Fourth Era to present. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed  grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview

Modern Chinese Literature II (Heritage)

CHIN 483 (3) -Term 2 (3hrs/week)

Continuation of CHIN 481. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed no more than Grade 12 in Asia.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.

Intensive Modern Chinese Literature I & II (Heritage)

CHIN 484 (6) – (6hrs/week)

Combination of CHIN 481 & 483. Selected literature readings from the May Fourth Era to present. (Open to heritage learners who have either completed 400 level language courses at UBC, or have completed grade 6 or more than grade 6 education in Chinese speaking country/regions.)

Prerequisite: One of CHIN 443, CHIN 447, CHIN 437, or placement via placement interview.