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GENERAL EDUCATION DESIGNATION

DEPARTMENTS OFFERING DIVERSIFICATION COURSES

Chinese (CHN)

College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature

All students taking language courses in this program for the first time must take a regularly scheduled placement test; those with no background must come to the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures for a brief interview. A grade of C or better in the prerequisite courses is required for continuation.

CHN 101 Elementary Mandarin (4) Listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar. Meets one hour daily, Monday–Friday, plus daily lab work. Pre: placement test. HSL

CHN 102 Elementary Mandarin (4) Continuation of 101. Pre: 101 or consent. HSL

CHN 103 Accelerated Elementary Mandarin (8) Content of 101 and 102 covered in one semester. Meets two hours daily, Monday–Friday, plus daily lab work. Pre: placement test. HSL

CHN 111 Elementary Conversational Mandarin I (3) The purpose of this course is to offer the student the basic knowledge (listening, speaking and grammar) of spoken Mandarin, and to train the student to handle some familiar everyday topics. HSL

CHN 112 Elementary Conversational Mandarin II (3) Continuation of 111. Pre: 111 or consent. HSL

CHN 131 Beginning Cantonese (4) Introduction to standard dialect of Canton, emphasis on conversational skills. Meets one hour daily, Monday–Friday, plus daily lab work. Pre: consent. HSL

CHN 132 Beginning Cantonese (4) Continuation of 131. Pre: 131 or consent. HSL

CHN 201 Intermediate Mandarin (4) Continuation of 101 and 102. Meets one hour daily, Monday–Friday, plus daily lab work. Pre: 102, or 103, or consent. HSL

CHN 202 Intermediate Mandarin (4) Continuation of 201. Pre: 201 or consent. HSL

CHN 204 Accelerated Intermediate Mandarin (8) Content of 201 and 202 covered in one semester. Meets two hours daily, Monday–Friday, plus daily lab work. Pre: 102, or 103, or consent. HSL

CHN 211 Intermediate Conversational Mandarin I (3) The purpose of this course is to further strengthen the student’s listening and speaking skills in Mandarin. The student is expected to be able to comprehend and produce speech at the paragraph level. Pre: 112 or consent. HSL

CHN 212 Intermediate Conversational Mandarin II (3) Continuation of 211. Pre: 211 or consent. HSL

CHN 231 Intermediate Cantonese (3) Continuation of 131 and 132; meets three hours a week, plus lab work. Pre: 132 or consent. HSL

CHN 232 Intermediate Cantonese (3) Continuation of 231. Pre: 231 or consent. HSL

CHN 251 Reading and Writing Chinese (I) (3) This is the first half of a year-long course designed for those who can handle daily conversation in Mandarin Chinese but cannot read or write in the language. Pre: 212 or consent.

CHN 252 Reading and Writing Chinese (II) (3) This is the second half of a year-long course designed for those who can handle daily conversation in Mandarin Chinese but cannot read or write in the language. Pre: 251 or consent.

CHN 301 Third-Level Mandarin (4) Vocabulary building and extended mastery of sentence structures of modern Chinese through reading and related conversation. Meets one hour daily, Monday–Friday, plus lab work. Pre: 202, or 204, or consent.

CHN 302 Third-Level Mandarin (4) Continuation of 301. Pre: 301 or consent.

CHN 303 Accelerated Third-Level Mandarin (8) Content of 301 and 302 covered in one semester. Meets two hours daily, Monday–Friday, plus daily lab work. Pre: 202, or 204, or consent.

CHN 311 Mandarin Conversation (3) Systematic practice on everyday topics of conversation. Lab work. Pre: 202, or 204, or consent.

CHN 312 Mandarin Conversation (3) Continuation of 311. Pre: 202, or 204, or consent.

CHN 313 Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers (3) For Cantonese speakers only. Competence in spoken Mandarin through comparison of Cantonese and Mandarin (pronunciation, romanization, vocabulary, idioms, and syntax). Translation from Cantonese to Mandarin. CR/NC only. Pre: placement test.

CHN 314 Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers (3) Continuation of 313. Pre: placement test.

CHN 315 Spoken Taiwanese I (3) The purpose of this course is to offer the student the basic knowledge (listening, speaking, romanization and grammar) of spoken Taiwanese and to train the student to handle some familiar everyday topics. Pre: 202 or consent.

CHN 316 Spoken Taiwanese II (3) Continuation of 315. Pre: 315 or consent.

CHN 319 Chinese Dialect Studies (V) Advanced Cantonese or other Chinese dialects. Repeatable one time. CR/NC for native Chinese speakers. Pre: consent.

CHN 331 Advanced Chinese Listening and Writing (3) Web-based training in Chinese listening, reading, and writing to develop skills at the advanced level. Course activities combine independent work with communicative activities on the course web site. Features language exchange with native speakers. Repeatable one time. Pre: 301 (or concurrent) or consent.

CHN 332 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing (3) Web-based training in Chinese reading and writing to develop skills at the advanced level. Course activities combine independent work with communicative activities on the course web site. Ideal for in-service professionals seeking language development and maintenance. Repeatable one time. Pre: 301 (or concurrent) or consent.

CHN 399 Directed Third-Level Reading (V) For those who need special assistance, e.g., in reading texts in their area of specialization or at a pace more rapid than those of standard courses. CR/NC only. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

CHN 401 Fourth-Level Mandarin (4) Extensive reading in academic topics. Meets one hour daily, Monday–Friday, plus lab work. Pre: 302 or consent.

CHN 402 Fourth-Level Mandarin (4) Continuation of 401. Pre: 401 or consent.

CHN 404 Accelerated Fourth-Level Mandarin (8) Content of 401 and 402 covered in one semester. Meets two hours daily, Monday–Friday, plus lab work. Pre: 302, or 303, or consent.

CHN 411 Advanced Mandarin Conversation (3) Systematic practice on academic topics of conversation. Lab work. Pre: 302 or consent.

CHN 412 Advanced Mandarin Conversation (3) Continuation of 411. Pre: 411 or consent.

CHN 413 Advanced Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers (3) Systematic practice for spontaneity, accuracy, and depth in conversation. CR/NC only. Pre: 313 and 314, or consent.

CHN 414 Advanced Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers (3) Continuation of 413. Pre: 413 or consent.

CHN 415 Advanced Taiwanese I (3) Course will strengthen foundation in Taiwanese, enabling the student to further acquire and develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Church Romanization. Pre: 316 or consent. Fall only.

CHN 416 Advanced Taiwanese II (3) Continuation of 415. Pre: 415 or consent.

CHN 421 (Alpha) Chinese Translation (3) Training in techniques; theory of translation. (B) Chinese–English; (C) English–Chinese. Pre: 402 or consent.

CHN 431 Readings in Taiwanese: Nonfiction (3) For students who have the speaking ability in Taiwanese and a good knowledge of Han characters. Reading Taiwanese nonfiction texts. Pre: 316 or consent.

CHN 432 Readings in Taiwanese: Fiction (3) For students who have the speaking ability in Taiwanese and a good knowledge of Han characters. Course content consists of reading Taiwanese fiction texts. Pre: 316 or consent.

CHN 451 Structure of Chinese (3) Introduction to phonology and morphology of Mandarin Chinese; some discussion of usage and linguistic geography. Pre: 202, or 204, or consent. DH

CHN 452 Structure of Chinese (3) Introduction to syntax and semantics of Mandarin Chinese; some discussion of usage and linguistic geography. Pre: 202, or 204, or consent. DH

CHN 453 Study of Chinese Characters (3) Origin, structure, and evolution. Pre: 402, 461, or consent. (Alt. years)

CHN 454 Study of Chinese Characters (3) Continuation of 453. Pre: 453 or consent. (Alt. years)

CHN 455 Chinese Pragmatics and Discourse (3) Introduction to pragmatics and discourse analysis of Mandarin Chinese; some discussion of usage and linguistic geography. Pre: 202, 204 or consent. DS

CHN 461 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3) Analysis of basic structural patterns through selected readings in various texts. Pre: 302 or consent.

CHN 462 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3) Continuation of 461. Pre: 461 or consent.

CHN 470 Language and Culture of China (3) Extensive exposure–chiefly through tape recordings, classroom conversation, and outside readings–to history, culture, and institutions. Pre: 401 or consent. DH

CHN 485 Selected Readings in Chinese (3) Readings in modern Chinese in various disciplines. Pre: 402 or consent.

CHN 486 Selected Readings in Chinese (3) Continuation of 485. Pre: 485 or consent.

CHN 487 (Alpha) Readings in 20th Century Chinese Literature (3) Representative works of writers from People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. (B) short stories; (C) poetry and drama; (D) novels and essays. Repeatable two times. Pre: 402 and 485 or 486; or consent. DL

CHN 491 Oral Fluency Through Chinese Films (3) This course is designed for students to further their listening and speaking skills through discussion of Chinese films. Students will be required to watch the films before class. Pre: 402 or consent. DH

CHN 499 Directed Fourth-Level Reading (V) For those who need special assistance, e.g., in reading texts in area of specialization or at a pace more rapid than those of standard courses. CR/NC only. Repeatable. Primarily for graduate students from other departments. Pre: consent.

CHN 610 (Alpha) Chinese Poetry (3) Critical study of major traditional Chinese poetic forms. (B) ancient (to 5th century); Pre: 462, 483, or consent (C) medieval (5th–10th century); Pre: 610B or consent (D) late imperial (10th–19th century); Pre: 610C or consent.

CHN 611 (Alpha) 20th Century Chinese Literary Studies (3) Critical discussion of scholarship in the field and formal analysis of literature from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. (B) short stories; (C) poetry and drama; (D) novels and essays. Repeatable one time. Pre: 402 and 487; or consent.

CHN 612 Traditional Chinese Fiction (3) Formal and thematic analysis of short stories, historical romances, and novels. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 402 or consent.

CHN 613 (Alpha) Traditional Chinese Drama (3) Major plays. (B) Yuan period (1271–1368); (C) Ming and Ching periods (1368–1911). Pre: 402 or consent.

CHN 631 (Alpha) History of Chinese Language (3) (B) phonology; (C) syntax. Pre: 451, LING 421, or consent for (B); 452 or consent for (C).

CHN 633 Chinese Dialects (3) Synchronic description of a Chinese dialect other than Cantonese and Mandarin; contrastive and comparative studies with Mandarin. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 451 and 452, or consent.

CHN 634 Chinese Syntax and Semantics (3) Verbal categories, aspects, focus devices, resultative and directional compounds, coverbial constructions. Interaction between syntax and semantics. Pre: 452 or consent.

CHN 641 Contrastive Analysis of Mandarin and English (3) Pre: 451.

CHN 642 Contrastive Analysis of Mandarin and English (3) Pre: 452.

CHN 643 Methods in Teaching Chinese as Second Language (3) Problems in language learning and teaching. Practice in preparing and presenting lessons with materials based on comparative linguistic analysis. Materials, teaching aids, test construction. Pre: 451 and 452, or consent.

CHN 650 (Alpha) Topics in Chinese Language (3) Extensive studies of selected topics (B) teaching and testing: specific problems in teaching Chinese including characters and cultural elements; proficiency and communicative ability; (C) cognitive grammar. Pre: 451 and 452, or consent. (C) A-F only. Once a year.

CHN 661 Advanced Classical Chinese (3) Pre: 461, 462, and consent.

CHN 662 Advanced Classical Chinese (3) Pre: 661 and consent.

CHN 699 Directed Research (V) CR/NC only. Pre: consent.

CHN 750 (Alpha) Research Seminar in Chinese Language (3) (B) teaching methods; Pre: 643 (C) structure; Pre: 452 (D) classical grammar; Pre: 452 (E) sociolinguistics; Pre: 451.

CHN 753 (Alpha) Research Seminar in Chinese Literature (3) Study of authors, a genre, a period, or a problem. (M) modern; (T) traditional. A-F only for (M). Pre: 611, WS 613, WS 615, or WS 650; or consent for (M); 612, 613, or consent for (T). ((M) Cross-listed as WS 753 (Alpha))