Fall Semester 2014
* - Course meets a GER requirement
2014 Fall Semester Chinese Community Class
UAA Confucius Institute
Chinese Community Class Introduction
1.Chinese Composite Course
The Comprehensive Chinese Course main initiative is totrain students in listening, speaking, writing and reading Mandarin Chinese.
Students of a Comprehensive Chinese Course will gain acomprehensive knowledge and command of Chinese pronunciation, vocabulary,grammar, characters and other fundamental elements of Chinese Languageincluding understanding Chinese Culture.
Following this system of study, students will be ableto effectively communicate and converse in Mandarin Chinese, understand Chinesetelevision programs, read Chinese newspapers, browse Chinese websites, email,etc.
Courses (eachlevel is divided into A and B, two semesters, the fall semester level A, andthe spring semester level B):
Level 1 –A/B:
Learn and becomefamiliar with 150 commonly used Chinese characters, and 300 basic vocabularywords related to everyday life. Be able to understand basic language andmaterials related to everyday life and simple communication betweenindividuals. Have a basic understanding of greetings, titles and positions, aswell as simple words to introduce and communicate with others.
Level 2 –A/B:
Learn and becomefamiliar with 300 commonly used Chinese characters, and 600 basic vocabularywords related to everyday life. Gain a basic understanding of simple Chineselanguage and Chinese language materials used in everyday life and incommunicating with other individuals. Be able to utilize language skills tointroduce basic situations and employ common courtesy such as expressinggratitude and apologizing. Be able to express both positive and negativeattitudes, greetings, farewells, and communicate for different occasions.
Level 3 –A/B:
Learn and becomefamiliar with 450 commonly used Chinese characters. Learn about 900 vocabularywords related to daily life work and study. Grasp and understand everydaylanguage for general social situations and to read basic language materials. Beable to communicate with others on familiar topics, as well as organize andcompose paragraphs in simple language.
Level 4 –A/B:
Learn and becomefamiliar with 600 commonly used Chinese characters. Expand the use of commonvocabulary to 1200 words about life, society, work, etc. Be able to grasp keylanguage and details in work and social situations, as well as read Chinesematerials. Communicate on familiar topics with others and express selfcoherently with basic communication strategies. Be able to express views,experiences, and simple reasoning.
Level 5 –A/B:
Learn and becomefamiliar with 800 commonly used Chinese Characters. Understand how Chinesecharacters change and make up different vocabulary words. Be able to use 1500common vocabulary words for everyday life. Learn to read and understand morecomplex language materials for both work and personal uses. Learn to uselanguage for summary and analysis. Communication strategies for discussion ofprofessional and specialized vocabulary, express views and attitudes. Becomefamiliar with cultural meanings of simple idioms and slang.
2. Conversational Chinese
The main objectiveof Conversational Chinese, or Chinese Oral Communication, is to train thestudent in listening and speaking skills for everyday communication. Throughthese courses, the student will become proficient in understanding and usingthe language used by Chinese people to communicate in everyday situations, andto understand basic cultural knowledge needed for effective and successfulcommunication with Conversational Chinese.
Master the correctpronunciation of the Mandarin Chinese Phonetic Alphabet. Become familiar withbasic Chinese characters and their pronunciation. Learn the tones of MandarinChinese. Learn greetings, showing gratitude, apologies, farewells and othercommunicative functions that complete basic everyday communication.
Concentration onintonation and the rules of changing tones. Mastery of correct pronunciationand intonation. Be able to use greetings, show gratitude, apologize, farewells,understand and use simple inquiries, introductions, notes, and othercommunicative functions.
Further mastery ofpronunciation and intonation in everyday Chinese. Be able to participate insimple conversations, and use basic language to express views, needs, and basicexperiences. Basic everyday communication for social and work situations.
Be able tocommunicate in work and social situations on general topics. Express andarticulate personal views with a level of coherence.
Clearly expressviews on general topics. Be able to participate in discussions and debates,using language for reasoning. Express views on professional topics, and linktopics in a coherent manner.
3.Specialty Chinese Courses
Specialty ChineseCourses targets specific communication combined with common social situations.The professor will focus on specific situations with the goal of mastering thatparticular function of Chinese.
Spoken Chinese mainly for beginners, targetinglanguage used for traveling in China, for those who are interested in culturaltourism. To set the context for a basic tourism class, the professor teachessimple vocabulary and sentence structure necessary to solve common problemsencountered by tourists visiting China. Students will also learn about some ofthe beautiful scenery in China as well as various travel tips.
11.Dealingwith Illnesses and Emergencies
Spoken Chinese for beginners for communication inbusiness situations, for those who plan to travel to China or live in China forbusiness. The professor will teach simple vocabulary and sentence structure forimproving communication in business contexts, addressing problems frequentlyencountered communicating in business situations. Help students further their understandingof Chinese culture, social values, customs and business culture.
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