Chinese - CPS Specialty (CHNE)

CHNE 1001. Elementary Chinese. 3 Hours.

Designed for students with very little or no prior knowledge of Chinese. Offers a lively introduction to basic oral expression, listening comprehension, and elementary reading and writing. The audio-lingual approach, using practical vocabulary drawn from realistic situations, aims at good pronunciation and ease in response. Each lesson incorporates helpful information about daily life in China and the varied cultures within the world of Chinese speakers. Laboratory practice complements class work. Offers students an opportunity to work aloud at their own speed, as well as to reinforce their acquisition of essential structures and acquaint them with a vast library of audiovisual resources. Focuses on Mandarin Chinese; students who wish to speak another dialect of Chinese should consult instructor for proper placement.

CHNE 1010. Mandarin Language Beginner. 3 Hours.

The course will emphasize all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), including pinyin and simplified characters, with a special focus on practical linguistic skills needed to live, work, and travel in China. Through a variety of games, role plays, and team projects, teachers will utilize engaging and interactive activities to help students build a strong foundation in Mandarin. By the end of the program, students will have a solid understanding of the structure of Mandarin, be able to perform basic everyday tasks, read and write introductory characters, and feel confidence in their ability to learn Chinese.

CHNE 1020. Mandarian Language Intermediate. 3 Hours.

Classes will address intermediate Chinese conversation, listening, comprehension, Chinese culture, and language practice. The course will emphasize all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), including pinyin and simplified characters. Instructors will emphasize practical Chinese communication through activities for students to engage with the local Chinese community. Students will participate in a weekly language project that will span a variety of linguistic functions, including activities like interviewing local Shanghai residents, creating short plays, writing songs, and teaching their classmates or Chinese peers new skills through demonstration speeches. Through these methods, teachers will build students’ confidence in using their language skills in real-world settings and expand upon their previous formal study of Mandarin.

CHNE 1030. Mandarin Language Intensive. 3 Hours.

The course will cover speaking, reading, listening and writing, including pinyin and simplified characters. Class time will include a variety of interactive activities including vocabulary practice, games, pattern drills, and role plays. Students will participate in regular language projects both in and out of the classroom, including field trips to locations around Shanghai such as museums, train stations, and food markets to complete structured linguistic activities based on their language level.