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Chinese language courses

101 Elementary Chinese (4). F. An introduction to Chinese language and culture, stressing both spoken and written Chinese. After one-semester students will be able to carry on simple conversations in (Mandarin) Chinese, read dialogues written in Chinese, and understand some fundamentals of Chinese social values and ways of thinking. Approximately 300 Chinese characters will be introduced.

102 Elementary Chinese (4). S. A continuation of Chinese 101. Continued study of Chinese grammar, with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Chinese. Another 300 Chinese Characters will be introduced for reading and writing and as a medium for gaining insight into Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or permission of the instructor.

201 Intermediate Chinese (4). F. A continuation of Chinese 101. Continued study of Chinese grammar, with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Chinese. Another 300 Chinese Characters will be introduced for reading and writing and as a medium for gaining insight into Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or permission of the instructor.

202 Intermediate Chinese (4). S. A continuation of Chinese 201. Completion of the study of basic Chinese grammar and further study of the Chinese writing system, with continued emphasis on both speaking and reading. Two hundred more Characters are taught for reading comprehension and cultural understanding.

301 Advanced Chinese Language (4). F. This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills as well as advanced competence in spoken Chinese through exercises, drills, and conversation in class. Students will also continue their study of the written language by reading extended dialogues on various topics in class as well as doing a large number of written assignments, including short essays on aspects of daily life. Prerequisite: Chinese 202 or permission of the instructor.

302 Advanced Chinese Language (4). S.  A continuation of the work in Chinese 301, students complete a systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Students will learn many new Chinese characters as they improve their skills in written Chinese. Conversation practice will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: Chinese 301 or permission of the instructor.

311 Readings on Chinese Society and Culture (3). F. A continuation of advanced Chinese language study using selected readings in Chinese on Chinese history, society, and culture. Conversation practice in Chinese will continue to be emphasized.  Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or permission of the instructor.

312 Further Readings on Chinese Society and Culture (3). S. This course builds on Chinese 311 and includes further language study and selected readings on Chinese history, society, and culture. Conversation practice in Chinese will continue to be emphasized.  Prerequisite: Chinese 311 or permission of the instructor.

Japanese language courses

101 Elementary Japanese (4). F. An introduction to Japanese language and culture, stressing both spoken and written Japanese. After one semester students will be able to carry on simple conversations in Japanese, read dialogues written in Japanese, and understand some fundamentals of Japanese social values and ways of thinking.

102 Elementary Japanese (4). S. A continuation of Japanese 101. Continued study of Japanese grammar with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Japanese. Many more “kanji” (Chinese characters) will be introduced for reading and writing and as a medium for gaining insight into Japanese culture. Prerequisite: Japanese 101 or permission of the instructor.

201 Intermediate Japanese (4). F. The goal of this course is to further the student’s ability to speak, understand, read, and write the Japanese language. Extensive oral drills and reading exercises continue to be used. By the end of the term, the student will know 300 “kanji”. Numerous cultural notes and written dialogues portraying various social situations provide insight into Japanese culture and various ways of thinking. Prerequisite: Japanese 102 or permission of the instructor.

202 Intermediate Japanese (4). S. This semester completes the study of basic Japanese grammar and syntax. By the end of the semester the student will have been introduced to all the basic grammar patterns of Japanese and will have mastered a total of 500 “kanji”.

301 Advanced Conversation (4). F. This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills as well as advanced competence in spoken Japanese through exercises, drills, and conversation in class. Students will also continue their study of the written language by learning many new “kanji”.Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or permission of the instructor.

302 Advanced Grammar and Composition (4). S. The systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Students will learn many new “kanji” as they improve their skills in written Japanese. Conversation practice will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: Japanese 301 or permission of the instructor.

311 Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I (3) F. This course is designed to enhance understanding of Japanese culture, people, colloquial expressions and social behaviors through literature, articles, audio and video clips.  Students will practice expressing their thoughts, opinions, and comments in Japanese and learn to interact fluently in specific situations which are very common if one lives or works in Japan.  Prerequisite: Japanese 302 or permission of the instructor.

312 Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II (3) S. This course builds on Japanese 311 through more literature, articles, audio and video clips on Japanese history, society , and culture.  Prerequisite: Japanese 311 or permission of instructor.

Korean language courses

101 Elementary Korean (4). F. This course introduces students to the Korean language and culture, providing basic conversational and grammatical patterns in both spoken and written Korean. It aims to equip students with communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at a basic level in Korean and to perform basic tasks and functions and to express simple ideas of daily life in Korean. Major cultural aspects of Korea will also be incorporated throughout the instruction.

102 Elementary Korean (4). S. A continuation of Korean 101, this course provides students with further conversational and grammatical patterns, building on those learned in the first semester. This course will enable students to improve their conversational proficiency in daily conversational situations and present their own ideas, opinions, and feelings accurately in Korean with more complex structure and vocabulary.
In addition, this course teaches major cultural facts and concepts about Korea using authentic materials of films and dramas to equip students with socio-cultural competence on Korea and cross-cultural understanding. Prerequisite: Korean 101 or permission of the instructor.

201 Intermediate Korean I (4) F.  A continuation of Korean 102. Continued study of Korean grammar, with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Korean, as well as the language as a medium for gaining insight into Korean culture.  Prerequisite: Korean 102 or permission of the instructor.

202 Intermediate Korean II (4) S. A continuation of Korean 201. Completion of the study of basic grammar and further study of the Korean writing system, with continued emphasis on both speaking and reading.  Course goals include conversational and reading comprehension and cultural understanding.  Prerequisite: Korean 201 or permission of instructor.