Chinese Courses

Chinese Courses

CHIN 101: First-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence, Fundamentals of the modern standard language (putonghua, Mandarin): pronunciation, grammar, aural comprehension, reading, and speaking.

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

CHIN 102: First-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence, Fundamentals of the modern standard language (putonghua, Mandarin): pronunciation, grammar, aural comprehension, reading, and speaking.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 101 or equivalent

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

CHIN 103: First-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence, Fundamentals of the modern standard language (putonghua, Mandarin): pronunciation, grammar, aural comprehension, reading, and speaking.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 102 or equivalent

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

GUR Attributes: BCOM

CHIN 201: Second-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence. Review of the fundamentals of the modern standard language (Mandarin); emphasis on acquisition of oral and written vocabulary; intensive reading and discussion in Chinese of graded materials in modern Chinese (Mandarin).

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 103 or equivalent

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

GUR Attributes: BCOM

CHIN 202: Second-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence. Review of the fundamentals of the modern standard language (Mandarin); emphasis on acquisition of oral and written vocabulary; intensive reading and discussion in Chinese of graded materials in modern Chinese (Mandarin).

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 201 or equivalent

Credits: 5

Grade Mode: Letter

GUR Attributes: ACGM

CHIN 203: Second-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence. Review of the fundamentals of the modern standard language (Mandarin); emphasis on acquisition of oral and written vocabulary; intensive reading and discussion in Chinese of graded materials in modern Chinese (Mandarin).

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 202 or equivalent
Credits: 5
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: ACGM

CHIN 237: Study Abroad Course in Chinese Language and Culture

(summer only)

This course provides an intensive study of the intermediate level of Chinese language and culture. Students will develop their Chinese communicative competence in Chinese society/culture, Chinese people and how to deal with cultural differences in different social/cultural settings. The pre-departure reading assignments will prepare students to take a full advantage of the study tour and classroom activities in Beijing and Kunming so that they will improve not only their language skills but also gain a better understanding of the Chinese society and culture that they would otherwise not be able to accomplish in regular WWU classrooms.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 103

Credits: 15

CHIN 280: Traditional Chinese Characters and Calligraphy

An introduction to the principles used in the formation and history of Chinese characters. The components of the characters are analyzed and compared with the new, simplified forms. Prepared texts provide practice in reading the characters. Calligraphy sessions provide opportunity to write both the traditional and simplified forms.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 101
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Letter

 

CHIN 300 - Directed Independent Study

An individualized course of study not available through or replacing existing curriculum, to be arranged between one matriculating student and sponsoring faculty member. All academic policies and registration deadlines apply. Directed Independent Study courses cannot substitute for General University Requirements and are not eligible for tuition waiver.

Credits: 1-15

 

CHIN 301 - Third-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence. Intensive reading, written vocabulary acquisition (reaching the 1,400 character level by the end of the sequence) and oral comprehension of materials in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin).

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 203
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: ACGM

 

CHIN 302 - Third-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence. Intensive reading, written vocabulary acquisition (reaching the 1,400 character level by the end of the sequence) and oral comprehension of materials in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin).

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 301
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: ACGM

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CHIN 303 - Third-Year Chinese

To be taken in sequence. Intensive reading, written vocabulary acquisition (reaching the 1,400 character level by the end of the sequence) and oral comprehension of materials in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin).

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 302
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: ACGM

 

CHIN 304 - Chinese Grammar and Composition

This course is designed to review and discuss all major grammatical elements in Chinese, including sentence building, analysis of grammatical elements and written composition. Students will be asked to read and compose an autobiography on various topics, such as childhood, family and friends, resume, hobbies, etc.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 201
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: ACGM

CHIN 330 - Chinese Culture Through Film and Literature

An introduction to cultural aspects of Chinese through a study of film as oral and visual texts. Film scripts and short stories, especially those from which films have been adapted, are used to enhance reading and discussion skills. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 203 or instructor permission
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Letter

CHIN 337: Study Abroad Course in Chinese Language and Culture

(summer only)

This course provides an intensive study of the advanced level of Chinese language and culture. Through in-depth examination of Chinese social issues, such as marriage, education and employment, students will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of how Chinese people advance their life style along with their country’s economic advancement but also physically experience these changes. The pre-departure reading assignments will equip students to take a full advantage of the study tour and classroom activities in Beijing and Kunming so that they will improve their language and cultural competence that they would otherwise not be able to accomplish in regular WWU classrooms.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 203

Credits: 15

CHIN 400 - Directed Independent Study

An individualized course of study not available through or replacing existing curriculum, to be arranged between one matriculating student and sponsoring faculty member. All academic policies and registration deadlines apply. Directed Independent Study courses cannot substitute for General University Requirements and are not eligible for tuition waiver.

Credits: 1-15

CHIN 401 - Fourth Year Chinese

This course is designed to serve as a capstone course for students who major in Chinese Language and Culture. It provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate both linguistic and cultural knowledge that they have acquired from each course in their program of Chinese study at Western.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 302 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter

CHIN 402 - Chinese Language and Linguistics

This course is designed for students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure and usage of Mandarin (Modern standard) Chinese. Through class discussion, reading materials, and a research project, students explore all core areas of Chinese language and linguistics: phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, as well as dialect variations.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 201 or LING 201 or instructor’s permission
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter

CHIN 425 - Teaching-Learning Processes in Elementary Chinese

Students selected for tutoring must dedicate four hours per week to provide help to other students primarily those enrolled in 100-200 levels of Chinese courses. Permission may also be given to assist with other Chinese courses completed with outstanding achievement. Students may be requested to lead group sessions or work with students individually. Expertise in Chinese grammar or linguistics is desirable. S/U grading.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 301; CHIN 430; and instructor permission.
Credits: 2
Grade Mode: S/U

LANG 430 - Chinese Language Pedagogy and Practice

The course is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the current theories and practice of Chinese language pedagogy and acquisition, to become acquainted with the National Standards (the five goal areas: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities and the three communicative modes: presentational, interpretive and interpersonal) and the teaching materials and methodologies in five major content areas of Chinese language learning (i.e. the pronunciation system, characters, sentences/grammar, discourse, and culture). Students will be given opportunities to design/develop teaching materials (including both language and cultural components) for different levels of classes and to strategize and articulate their courses based on assessment guidelines. This course may also be used as Linguistics 402 for linguistics majors.

Prerequisites & Notes: CHIN 202
Credits: 4
Grade Mode: Letter

EAST 230 - Modern Chinese Society and Language

A survey of the characteristics of the Chinese language. A study of the relationships among Chinese culture, contemporary society and language variation.

Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Letter
GUR Attributes: ACGM