East Asian Languages and Cultures | Chinese for Business Professionals
C111 | 12782 | Chan, J.


(2 credits)

Schedule: Summer I 2007 (May 8-June 5), Meet every Mondays-Thursday
at 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Instructor: James Chan, Ph.D.

Knowledge of the Chinese language and culture is in great demand.

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world,
followed by Spanish and English. One out of five people speaks
Chinese.

China is the largest trading partner of the USA and its 1.3 billion
people become the largest potential overseas market for American
products and services. Many employers are eager to hire graduates
who are fluent in Chinese because their businesses trade or want to
trade with China.

Last but not the least; China has the world’s oldest continuous
civilization of over 5,000 years yielding rich and diverse cultures
(in philosophy, religion, literature, architecture, art, music,
dance, martial arts, medicine, etc.).

Are you interested in getting a leg up in your career?

The ability for Americans to engage in China trade is crucially tied
to understanding cultural differences and effective communication
across the national contexts. This course is designed to introduce
students to Chinese language and cultural practices in the context
of international business. It focuses on developing cross-cultural
understanding, basic Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and
writing abilities, and effective communication strategies to handle
business life and negotiation in China. Students will learn the
business language functions, vocabulary, structures and culture
through contextualized presentations, interactive activities,
assignments, and online language laboratory practice.

By the end of the 5-week term you are expected to be able to do the
following:

Utilize Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system to pronounce Chinese
words. Use the Windows Chinese keyboards to word-process in Chinese
Employ online tools like dictionaries and translation software to
assist reading and writing in Chinese. Identify the cultural
differences between Americans and Chinese in personal values,
business and cultural practices. Speak, listen, read, and write the
100 commonly used business terms in a special field. Carry on simple
conversation in Chinese i.e. meeting somebody, asking for direction,
taking a taxi, and at the restaurant. Able to continue to learn new
Chinese words and phrases in your field