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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.