Chinese

Academic Catalog: 2013–2014

  • Shannon M. Canella (Visiting, 2013–2014)

101, 102 Elementary Chinese I, II (1 course, 1 course) This two course sequence enables students to develop elementary proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing in Mandarin Chinese and to learn about basic Chinese cultural norms. By the end of the courses students are expected to use learned material to communicate basic information, such as self-introduction, greetings, counting numbers, and using common nouns to refer to objects, people and places. Students are also expected to correctly use and differentiate tones. These courses will allow students to experience Chinese culture first hand, such as practicing Chinese calligraphy and tasting Chinese food. NWEST, Fall semester, Spring semester.

201, 202 Intermediate Chinese I, II (1 course, 1 course) This two course sequence aims to help students reach intermediate level language proficiency in both spoken and written Chinese and to establish a solid foundation for more advanced Chinese learning. This course builds students communication skills in Chinese by increasing their vocabulary and their knowledge of grammar and Chinese culture. By the end of this course students are expected to be able to carry out Chinese conversations about their daily life and be able to write several paragraphs or a short essay on such topics as school life and personal events. Prerequisite: CHN-102 is the pre-requisite for CHN-201 and CHN-201 Is the pre-requisite for CHN-202. NWEST, Fall semester, Spring semester.

260 Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture (1 course) In English. Beginning with texts from the time of Confucius (Zhou Dynasty, 5th century BCE) and continuing up to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this course will explore how Chinese intellectuals, both male and female, represented the self in literature. Part survey, part topics course, we will read the most influential texts of the Chinese literary tradition while discussing poetic subjectivities found therein. The quest for official life and good position often competed with the lure of personal retreat in nature. For some, this retreat was imposed in the form of official exile to a faraway place. Success in official life was celebrated by poems of duty, friendship, and community. Chinese literati writing reflects this dynamic self, which was always presented as in process and relational--to the world and to others. Chinese poets believed that one type of immortality could be found by way of the written word. This faith in language to communicate the self, and to connect with generations of readers through time, is one of the most compelling aspects of the Chinese literary tradition. LARS, NWEST, Spring semester.