Course Content and Outcome Guide for CHN 203

Course Number:
CHN 203
Course Title:
Second Year Chinese
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Course Description

Practices and expands learners' language proficiency as well as cultural awareness and understanding. The third course of a three-course sequence of second year Mandarin Chinese language and culture, with a great emphasis given to improving effective communicative skills in both the written and spoken language and an understanding of the practices and products of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: CHN 202 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Apply wider cultural understandings and recognize Chinese cultural values to interact with native Chinese people and authentic texts
2. Employ the understanding of Chinese syntactic system to form arguments, comments, explanations, agreements and disagreements
3. Use acquired Chinese grammatical structures and vocabulary to require information in more authentic settings
4. Use effective communicative skills to interact with native Mandarin Chinese speakers

Course Activities and Design

1. Group, pair and individual activities €“ communicative based activities
2. Classroom and individual projects €“ project-based activities
3. Individual and group presentations €“ project-based activities
4. Class drills €“ TPR and TPRS teaching methods; immersion approach

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Active participation in interactive class activities, including individual, pair or group activities
2. Individual presentations
3. Contextual written tasks to assess reading, writing, cultural and aural competencies
4. Oral interviews with partners or instructor
5. Multimedia aids to improve listening skills, including short audio clips or films
6. Class discussions to enhance cultural awareness and knowledge

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

   1. Describe personality
   2. Conversation strategies
   3. Describe spending patterns
   4. Education systems
   5. Basic Chinese geography
   1. Agreements and disagreements
   3. Preferences and criteria
   4. Rhetorical questions
   5. Arguments
Skills and competencies:
   1. State different situations
   2. Reduce potential tension in a conversation by changing topics
   3. Discuss the pros and the cons of different activities
   4. Make budget
   5. Indicate agreement or disagreement
   6. Present opinions
   7. Locate major Chinese cities, provinces and rivers on the map
   8. Give a brief introduction to geographic features of China
   9. Compare some basic geographic aspects of China and the United States