CHIN 100/6.0 - Introductory Mandarin Chinese I
Instructor: Helen Zhao
The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Chinese and practice of using Chinese in a variety of everyday situations. It provides beginning learners study of Mandarin with reference to Chinese culture and society by practicing all four skills, including: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Communicative language teaching and task-based language teaching approaches are adopted in the classroom to improve students’ language competence. At the end of the course, students will be able to mater the Chinese phonetic alphabet (Pinyin); know the structure of Chinese characters and how to write the characters they learned; understand basic dialogues in daily life situations covered by the course; express themselves with simple sentence structures covered by the course; and comprehend reading materials on general and familiar topics covered by the course. Alongside with the three-hour classroom teaching, regular face-to-face small group supervisions are also organized every week to support students.
China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old. It is now one of the most influential countries of the world and a working knowledge of Mandarin gives you an advantage in job competition in terms of communicating with the Chinese business community and building a network. The Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world. Each year more and more students around the world whose mother tongue is not Mandarin are studying it with enthusiasm and success. It is not as difficult as you imagined. According to last year’s record, two thirds of the students in the CHIN100 course got the mark above B in the end term examinations. If they can, so can you!