CHN - Chinese

CHN 101 - Elementary Chinese I

The course aims to develop fundamental listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities in Mandarin Chinese. Students examine approximately 250 new words and more than 30 grammar patterns. Mastery of Pinyin pronunciation is an essential part, and students are trained with computer-based exercises, especially character typing. Class activities may also include practicing calligraphy, singing songs in Chinese, making dumplings, and film shows to enhance students´ understanding of Chinese language and culture. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department.

CHN 102 - Elementary Chinese II

This course will help students continue to develop fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese, based on CHN 101 class training or equivalents. Students will learn 200 new words and more than 30 new grammar patterns. Mastery of Pinyin pronunciation is still an essential part, and students are to be trained with more frequent computer-based exercises. Class activities also include a calligraphy competition and a Chinese movie show to enhance students' understanding of Chinese culture. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [H]

Prerequisite
CHN 101 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 111 - Intermediate Chinese I

Review and expansion of basic grammar and vocabulary and continued development of familiarity with Chinese characters. Attention to developing reading and conversational skills and a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures of the Chinese people. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [H] 

Prerequisite
CHN 102 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 112 - Intermediate Chinese II

Review and expansion of basic grammar and vocabulary and continued development of familiarity with Chinese characters. Attention to developing reading and conversational skills and a deeper understanding of the diverse cultures of the Chinese people. Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [GM2, H]

Prerequisite
CHN 111 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 211 - Advanced Chinese I

Through a diversity of materials on various topics, students will concentrate on greatly expanding their skills in understanding and using modern Chinese in a broad variety of cultural contexts. The course is open to students who have successfully completed four semesters of Mandarin at Lafayette or who can demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Students will receive advanced training in four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Language level and subsequent course placement will be determined by the Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. [H,GM2]

Prerequisite
CHN 112 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 212 - Advanced Chinese II

Through a diversity of materials on various topics, students will concentrate on greatly expanding their skills in understanding and using modern Chinese in a broad variety of cultural contexts. The course is open to students who have successfully completed five semesters of Mandarin at Lafayette or who can demonstrate equivalent proficiency. As a continuation of CHN 211 or its equivalent, students in CHN 212 will receive advanced training in four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). [H, GM2]

Prerequisite
CHN 211 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 290-291 - Independent Study in Chinese

These courses are intended to expand the student's basic capabilities in the four linguistic skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Enrichment of written grammar review with emphasis on the expansion of vocabulary and stylistics. Examination of cultural and contemporary issues through use of texts, films, television, music, and the Internet.

Prerequisite
CHN 211 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 311 - Contemporary China I

This course explores some of the most important topics of contemporary China through news reading, films, discussions and debates, presentations, and essay writing, all done in the Chinese language. The materials will introduce students to China’s family values, economy and trade, censorship and freedom of speech, gender issues, and so on. It trains students’ language skills while deepening their understanding of China. The course is open to students who have successfully completed six semesters of Mandarin at Lafayette or who can demonstrate equivalent proficiency. [V]

Prerequisite
CHN 212 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 312 - Contemporary China II

This course explores some of the most important topics of contemporary China through news media, films, discussions and debates, presentations, and essay writing, all done in the Chinese language. The materials will introduce students to economic inequality among China's urban dwellers, China's medical reform, marriage and gender discrimination, the status of Chinese versus foreign languages, and so on. The course trains students' language skills while deepening their understanding of Chinese society. [GM1]

 

Prerequisite
CHN 212 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 411 - Chinese Culture and Society I

Through a variety of carefully selected readings as well as media resources such as films, TV shows, and news, this course helps students gain an in-depth, multi-faceted and critical understanding of Chinese people, culture and society. Meanwhile, students continue developing Mandarin proficiency in all four skills with special attention given to the acquisition of formal or written language and the development of analytical and critical thinking skills. The course is instructed in Mandarin Chinese. [GM1, GM2, W]

Prerequisite
CHN 311 or equivalent proficiency

CHN 412 - Chinese Culture and Society II

Through a variety of carefully selected readings as well as media resources such as films, TV shows, and news, this course helps students gain an in-depth, multi-faceted and critical understanding of Chinese people, culture and society.  Meanwhile, students continue developing Mandarin communicative abilities in all three modes (i.e., interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) with special attention given to the acquisition of formal written language and the development of analytical and critical thinking skills.  The course is instructed in Mandarin Chinese. [GM1, GM2, W]

Prerequisite
CHN 311 or CHN 312 or instructor permission