Chinese (CHNS)

CHNS 001: Elementary Chinese I (4 Credits)

Elementary Chinese I is a beginning course for students who have no prior knowledge in the language. The goal of the course is to develop basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese, and relevant intercultural communicative competence.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

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CHNS 002: Elementary Chinese II (4 Credits)

The goal of this course is to consolidate the foundation that students have built in Elementary Chinese I, continuing to develop basic communicative competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as relevant intercultural communicative competence.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 001

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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CHNS 003: Intermediate Chinese III (4 Credits)

The goal of this course is to consolidate the foundation which students have built in Elementary Chinese I & II, expanding further on language skills and cultural awareness. Upon the completion of the course, students are expected to communicate with complicated sentences in various social encounters, be familiar with discourse functions in the language and gain knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 002

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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CHNS 004: Intermediate Chinese IV (4 Credits)

This course continues the study of formal written and spoken Chinese introduced in Intermediate Chinese III. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to develop written narrative skills in various rhetorical modes, reading skills in formal texts, listening comprehension skills in longer and more complex narratives, oral presentational skills, and interpersonal speaking skills.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 003

Note(s): Completion of CHNS 003 with a grade "C+" or higher, or consent of the instructor. Limit 15 students.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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CHNS 005: Advanced Chinese V (4-4 Credits)

This course concludes the transition from spoken Chinese to formal written Chinese. Upon the completion of the course, students are able to talk about topics related to their daily lives, write routine and some formal correspondence, understand information in long and complex speech on familiar topics, and read authentic texts with contextual clues.

Prerequisite(s): CHNS 004

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives, Language Other than English

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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CHNS 100: Chinese Culture Through Film (3 Credits)

This course examines Chinese cultural traditions and values through contemporary films produced in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Background readings and literary works will provide students with the necessary historical and cultural context for each film. Class discussions will focus on the political, social and cultural transformations presented in the films. Special attention will be paid to topics such as family, class issues, gender and identity. This is a one-credit course open to undergraduate students who are interested in Chinese language, literature, culture and history.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, International Perspectives, Written and Oral Communication II

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CHNS 180: Special Topics (0.25-1.25 Credits)