East Asian Languages and Cultures | Chinese in Humanities (undergraduate section)
C457 | 30577 | Liu, Jennifer
This course meets with EALC-C557, same topic, for graduate students.
C457 is designed to complement FOLK-F305: Cultural Diversity in
China. Flagship students should take both C457 and F305 to fulfill
Flagship requirements; other students are encouraged (though not
required) to do the same.
C457 is designed to help students advance their Chinese language
proficiency from an intermediate-high or advanced-low level to
advanced plus (from ILR 1+ or 2 to 2+). It aims at developing
studentsí overall competence in listening, speaking, reading, and
writing academic Chinese at the discourse level and covers topics in
a specific humanity domain. This course also fosters self-study
skills and encourages students to access and research topics of
their own interest and become independent learners of Chinese.
The course meets three times per week: two 75-minute classes (Monday
and Wednesday) and a 30-minute one-on-one session (Friday) conducted
entirely in Chinese. In general, Monday classes emphasize intensive
reading, discussion of key issues, and close analysis of text
structure, expressions, and usage of key vocabulary and grammatical
patterns. Wednesday classes underscore extensive reading and
listening skills and include topics of student interest. Friday one-
on-one sessions focus on training advanced speaking and writing
Assignments consist of readings, preview exercises, oral reports,
dictations, writings, recordings, and a term paper.
Prerequisites. A grade of B or better in Fourth-Year Chinese I and
II or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.