CHI 101   Beginning Chinese I

Andrew Schonebaum

M T W Th .

1:30 -2:30 pm

Olin L. C. 206


Cross-listed:  Asian  Studies  For students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese. An introduction to modern (Mandarin) Chinese through an intensive drill of its oral and written forms. Emphasis on speaking and basic grammar as well as the formation of the characters. Audio and video materials will be incorporated into the curriculum to expose the class to Chinese daily life and culture. Daily active participation, frequent use of the language lab and one hour per week tutorial with the Chinese tutor are expected. The course is followed by an intensive course (eight hours per week) in the spring semester and a summer intensive program (eight weeks) in Qingdao, China. Divisible.   



CHI 201   Intermediate Chinese I

Xin Jiang

. T . Th .

1:30 -2:50 pm

Olin L. C. 120


Cross-listed:  Asian  Studies  This course is for students who have taken one year of basic Chinese, and who want to expand reading and speaking capacity and to enrich cultural experiences. We will use audio and video materials, emphasize communicative activities and language games, and stress the learning of both receptive and productive skills. In addition to the central language textbook, other texts will be selected from newspapers, journals, and fictional works. Conducted in Chinese.    



CHI 308   Classical Chinese

Andrew Schonebaum

M . W . .

10:10 - 11:30 am

Olin 307


Cross-listed:  Asian  Studies, Literature  Knowledge of Classical Chinese is required for understanding all works written before the 20th century.  Moreover, it is indispensable for reading modern documents in the formal, professional, or academic styles.  This course will feature an introduction to the written language in use prior to the 20th century.  We will learn  basic structures and patterns, with intensive practice through exercises and translations.  Readings draw from foundational works of Chinese history and literature dating from the time of Confucius (5th century BC) through the end of the Han dynasty (3rd  century AD).  Philosophical texts include passages from the Analects, the Mencius, and the Daoist classic Zhuangzi, among others. Records  of the Warring States and Records of the Grand Historian are featured among the historical works. Students must have completed two years of Chinese or Japanese language study or the equivalent.