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Mandarin Chinese

Chinese, used daily by approximately 940 million people, is the world’s most widely spoken language. Mandarin Chinese has been offered at CRLS since 2006; there are currently five different levels. Students who select this course will be able to learn the Chinese language systematically and understand its culture and contribution to the world.

L091: Chinese I
Chinese I introduces students to the Chinese language, Pinyin, and the culture of China. Using the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing, students will be exposed to vocabulary and basic grammar that will enable them to communicate in Mandarin in everyday situations. This level emphasizes the pronunciation and relevant vocabulary in the context of simple conversations, basic grammar structures, and level-appropriate readings. In addition, students will begin to develop an appreciation of Chinese culture that will better prepare them to interact in a global society. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10

L191: Chinese 2
In Chinese 2, students continue to develop their skills in the Chinese language, Pinyin, and the culture of China. This course emphasizes the pronunciation and relevant vocabulary in the context of more complex conversations, grammar structures, and level-appropriate readings. Students will continue to develop an appreciation of Chinese culture and customs. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Chinese I 

L291: Chinese 3
Chinese 3 is a proficiency-based course which refines and expands linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. The course focuses on developing communicating skills with an increasing emphasis on reading and writing in ideographic characters and expanding vocabulary. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Chinese 2

L391: HN Chinese 4
Chinese 4 is a continuing proficiency-based course which further refines and expands linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. There will be extensive practice in listening and speaking with more emphasis on developing reading and writing skills. The course will also expose the students to the different regions of China, which will reinforce the understanding of Chinese culture as well as language. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Chinese 3