This introductory Chinese course will be offered in Fall and Winter, 2012-13, and will emphasize on the mastery of standard Chinese pronunciation and the building of useful vocabularies. Students with little or no prior experience will learn Chinese pinyin system and modern Mandarin Chinese through vigorous interactive practice and small group activities. The class is fast-paced with use of internet and computerized software to accelerate the learning. Chinese history and culture will be included as it relates to each language lesson. Field trip will also be conducted to help create a language immersion experience as well as to enhance the understanding of Chinese culture. Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, at Library 2610, inside of Computer Center (or Seminar 2 classroom as needed).
When offered, this course is designed for students who have taken beginning Chinese course or who have had at least one quarter college-level Chinese learning and are familiar with the basic grammar and Chinese pinyin system. Students will learn new sentence structures and build up additional vocabulary so they can carry on conversation in a variety of situations. Students will work to improve pronunciation while expanding understanding of vocabulary and grammatical constructions. It will be designed to reinforce and build upon previous skills through rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese. Learning activities also include speaker presentations, field trips, and Chinese film and media.
The language programs are Offered through Evening Weekend Studies
Travel in Time: Silk Road and China, Summer, 2013
This unique study-abroad program allows students to experience China, the second largest economy in the world. Through our travel study in both China and Taiwan, students will not only travel the ancient silk road, but have opportunity to participate in short-term summer programs at two Universities in both places. The university experience will offer Chinese culture classes and insight into Chinese culture. In addition, students will travel to cities as well as rural areas to experience the contemporary life in China and in Taiwan and witness their striving strong economic connection with the western world while maintaining their culture ties to each other.
Students will be encouraged to document the trip and continue the learning through seminars and film viewing and documentary making upon their return for the remainder of the second session. Please see Study Abroad program tab Travel in Time: Silk Road and China for more information.