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Chinese at Carthage

Courses

The knowledge of Chinese culture, society and language opens tremendous opportunities in today’s global age. Students who enter the workforce with the ability to use Chinese seem to have an increasing edge in the job market and business world. Scroll down to read descriptions of the Chinese courses offered at Carthage, or click on the following links for additional resources.

  • CHN 1010

    Introductory Chinese I (MLA)

    4cr
    The course exposes beginners to the Mandarin Chinese phonetic system Pinyin, the four tones, and carefully selected Hanzi, the writing system. Listening, speaking, visual recognition, and writing skills are learned through active participation by the students in communicative and hands-on situations. By the end of the course, the students are able to initiate and, to some degree, sustain oral communication in Chinese while gaining recognition and writing ability of Hanzi via email, handwriting, and calligraphy. 30-50 Hanzi is the goal. Cultural elements associated with Hanzi are introduced.
    Prerequisite: None
    Fall

  • CHN 1020

    Introductory Chinese II (MLA)

    4cr
    In this course students continue learning listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using visual etymology, the four tones in Mandarin Chinese, and visualizing individual and combined radicals. The three inseparable dimensions of the Chinese language are studied in a more integrated manner: the visual, the phonetic, and the semantic, or Hanzi, Pinyin, and meaning. The interpersonal mode is stressed in communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to initiate and, to a greater degree, sustain oral communication with some cultural nuances. Hanzi recognition and writing is increased via email, calligraphy, and simple handwriting. 70-80 Hanzi is the goal.
    Prerequisite: Chinese 1010 or equivalent
    Spring

  • CHN 2010

    Elementary Chinese I

    4cr
    This course proceeds with an integrated approach to Hanzi/Pinyin and rebalances the four language skills. Speaking and listening continue to be a focal point while more emphasis is placed on writing (handwriting, email, calligraphy) and reading. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are now developed into an interpretative mode as well as the interpersonal one. By the end of the course, students will be able to express simple descriptions, interpretations, questions, ideas, identification, and preferences. Students are expected to recognize and master 100-150 Hanzi. Historical and philosophic aspects are introduced while studying Hanzi.
    Prerequisite: Chinese 1020 or equivalent
    Fall

  • CHN 2011

    Elementary Oral Chinese I

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 2010. Chinese 2011 is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Chinese 2010. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 2010 class.
    Prerequisite: CHN 1020 or equivalent Corequisite: CHN 2010
    Fall

  • CHN 2020

    Elementary Chinese II

    4cr
    The class engages students in more complex communicative contexts. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, enter a mainly interpretative mode while students continue to expand the interpersonal one. By the end of the course, the students are expected to interpret, question, identify, negotiate, compare, and choose in orally communicable Chinese. Chinese idioms are taught as both language and culture. Students' ability to write Chinese is evaluated only with Hanzi (calligraphy, emails, and handwriting). 170-200 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for some daily functions, career objectives, diaries, and memos among other simple writings.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2010 and CHN 2011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 2021
    Spring

  • CHN 2021

    Elementary Oral Chinese II

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 2020. The class enhances the oral aspect of Chinese 2020. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 2020 class.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2010 and CHN 2011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3011
    Spring

  • CHN 2070

    Calligraphy and Chinese/Japanese Language

    4cr
    This course integrates language and cultural studies through calligraphythe writing of Chinese Hanzi and Japanese Kanji. It is open to both language and nonlanguage students. This course carries a Global Heritage designation. It is conducted in English.
    Fall or Spring

  • CHN 3010

    Intermediate Chinese I

    4cr
    While proceeding with an integrated approach to Hanzi and Pinyin, the students continue to increase Hanzi and decrease Pinyin. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are mainly in an interpretative mode. The communicative context is idea- or opinion-oriented and requires interpretative, subjective, and emotional expressions and responses. The students are expected to initiate, sustain, and expand conversations on the topics studied in previous courses as well as the current one. Social relationships, some philosophic concepts, government institutions, and artistic pursuits are taught as vital aspects of cultural studies. 250-300 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for brief discussions, debates, and exchange of ideas done through handwriting and emails.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2020 and CHN 2021 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3011
    Fall

  • CHN 3011

    Intermediate Oral Chinese I

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 3010. Chinese 3011 is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Chinese 3010. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 3010 class.
    Prerequisites: CHN 2020 and CHN 2021 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3010
    Fall

  • CHN 3020

    Intermediate Chinese II

    4cr
    In this course students continue to increase Hanzi and decrease Pinyin to attain a more authentic and more native language acquisition. While listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are still developed in an interpretative mode, they progress toward a presentational direction. The communicative context at the 3020 level represents a bridge for students from the interpersonal to the interpretative and the presentational. Orally, the students are expected to initiate, sustain, and expand conversations on the topics studied from previous courses as well as the current one. Significant individuals and some historic/philosophic/literary aspects are studied together with language acquisition. 350-400 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for thematic writing (emails and handwriting).
    Prerequisites: CHN 3010 and CHN 3011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3021
    Spring

  • CHN 3021

    Intermediate Oral Chinese II

    1cr
    This course must be taken concurrently with Chinese 3020. This is an oral class and enhances the speaking aspect of Chinese 3020. It meets once a week to expand students' oral competence in dealing with topics and themes presented in the regular Chinese 3020 class.
    Prerequisites: CHN 3010 and CHN 3011 or equivalent
    Corequisite: CHN 3020
    Spring

  • CHN 3070

    Chinese/Japanese Culture and Language

    4cr
    Culture is manifested in language and language verbalizes culture. This course studies how Chinese and Japanese languages and cultures reflect this symbiotic relationship. Students are engaged in an intercultural dialogue with a linguistic approach. Open to both language and nonlanguage students, it is conducted in English.
    Fall or Spring

  • CHN 4070

    Advanced Chinese

    4cr
    The course is typically designed for students who have declared their majors (optional for minors) in Chinese. Students are expected to perform advanced-level tasks. The four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are honed in a presentational mode. Cultivating students' awareness and appreciation of the richness of the culture of the Chinese-speaking world is thematically structured. Authentic materials will be incorporated into reading and listening. Oral communication will be enhanced with a theme or a viewpoint. 500-550 Hanzi are expected to be recognized and put into use for thematic writing (emails and handwriting).
    Prerequisites: Chinese 3020 and 3021 or GNR 3510
    Fall or Spring

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