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Course Descriptions

Chinese (CHN)

To view the complete schedule of courses for
each semester, go to Cardinal Station.

CHN 101: Beginning Mandarin Chinese I

4.00 Credits

This beginner's course is designed for students who desire to study Chinese systematically. The course uses video-based material to introduce the language in real-life settings. Pinyin and simplified characters are used. Accurate pronunciation, tones, and grammatical expressions are the main focuses for this semester. Undergraduate Language courses 101-113 are subject to an Instructional Fee at the time of registration. For current Tuition and Fees visit http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Costs.cfm.

CHN 102: Beginning Mandarin Chinese II

4.00 Credits

This is the second semester of beginning Chinese. Students continue to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. More culture and etiquette are introduced with the lessons. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHN 101 or equivalent. Undergraduate Language courses 101-113 are subject to an Instructional Fee at the time of registration. For current Tuition and Fees visit http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Costs.cfm.

CHN 103: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I

4.00 Credits

This second year Chinese begins with a comprehensive review of grammatical structures that facilitate further speaking and reading. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to engage in basic daily conversation, read simple texts as well as write for daily needs. Accurate tones and pronunciation are expected. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHN 102 or equivalent. Undergraduate Language courses 101-113 are subject to an Instructional Fee at the time of registration. For current Tuition and Fees visit http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Costs.cfm.

CHN 104: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese

4.00 Credits

This course is a continuation of CHN 103. Students expand their listening and speaking ability in handling everyday situations while developing reading and writing skills with more complex texts. Prerequisite: C- or better in CHN 103 or equivalent. Undergraduate Language courses 101-113 are subject to an Instructional Fee at the time of registration. For current Tuition and Fees visit http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Costs.cfm.

CHN 199: Language and Culture Immersion in Chinese

1.00 Credits

Enrollment Requirement: completed CHN 101 or with instructor's approval. There is an associated language fee associated with this class. This one-credit course is designed to help students reinforce and expand their language skills while studying Chinese cultural and social issues. By refreshing students' skills, it enables them to move on to a desired language course.

CHN 201: Introduction to Chinese Culture

3.00 Credits

no description available

CHN 203: Advanced Composition and Conversation I

3.00 Credits

This course is an advanced level of conversation and composition in Chinese. Students will develop proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing on topics in the textbook and will learn how to use what they have learned in class in a culturally appropriate context to behave as if they are in the real situation. Therefore, students are required to perform a series of communicative activities and writing tasks in social situations. The typical class format will include performance of conversations, drills, questions, discussions, debates, presentations, and projects. Students need to spend about two hours on preparation before each class.

CHN 204: Advanced Composition and Conversation II

3.00 Credits

This course aims to develop students' conversation and writing skills through reading and discussion of Chinese history as well as China's social and economic issues, including environmental protection and energy conservation, money management and ivesting, and job interview. Different written styles will be introduced and compared with the spoken form. Students will speak with an expanded vocabulary and write with more complex sentence structures. Besides daily assignment and weekly quizzes, students will give four oral presentations and write four compositions during the semester. There are also four lesson tests, one midterm exam and a final exam. Students should spend two hours on prepareation for each class. All assignments will be recorded on Bb Voice Board, presented in class or typed in characters.

CHN 250: Chinese Migration around the World, 1500-Present

3.00 Credits

From the days of early trade with Southeast Asia in the third century B.C. up to movements into the Americas, Australia and Africa in more recent times, the story of Chinese migration is intertwined with global historical processes such as colonialism, imperialism, nationalism and decolonization. This course focuses on the last five hundred years of Chinese movements overseas and presents a perspective that sees the Chinese as active participants in modern world history. Drawing from varied sources'novels, photos, contracts, interviews, monographs and movies'the course aims to give students multiple points of entry into exploring the fascinating world of Chinese migration. Taught in English; fulfills the humanities and literature requirement.

CHN 251: Asian Pacific Imaginings: From Magellan to Manga

3.00 Credits

This course aims at getting students to learn about Asian-Pacific history and geography through an exploration of visual representations of the region. Students will analyze various forms of visual art such as paintings, sculptures, folding screens, shadow puppets, manga comics and films, as well as maps. The course will be structured around lectures and discussion sessions, with potential visits to the map room at the Library of Congress and relevant museums in the DC area envisioned. The focus of the course will be on deconstructing images and narratives that have shaped conceptions of the Asia-Pacific region and its people.

CHN 305: Chinese Through Film

3.00 Credits

This course provides an overview of films in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong with attention to the historical, linguistic, regional, and cultural differences. We will examine seven movies by video clips, selected dialogues, extensive reading, speaking, and writing exercises in Chinese. Students will also develop an appreciation of the aesthetic and cultural values of Chinese society and an understanding of 20th century Chinese history on people's lives, thinking, and expression.

CHN 310: Topics in Contemporary Chinese Society

3.00 Credits

Through readings about China's current social issues and events, this course aims to develop students' knowledge of Chinese culture while guiding them in the transition from informal spoken Chineseto the formal written style found in texts. Prerequisite: 204 or instructor's approval

CHN 494: Independent Study

3.00 Credits

no description available