Chinese

As one of the oldest languages in the world, spoken by almost a fifth of the world’s population, Chinese presents many opportunities to those who study the language. Chinese is spoken throughout much of Asia including the People‚Äôs Republic of China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.

Wheaton offers four levels of Chinese and welcomes students with no previous knowledge.

The study of Chinese is beneficial in fields related to politics, economics, history, and more. As students study the cultural and linguistic products of these nations they will understand what is behind the language and its function in Chinese society. By understanding the language, and building a platform of knowledge and engagement, students gain insight into the culture.

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    CHIN 099 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    CHIN 101 – Elementary Chinese I

    This course provides the first-time learner basic knowledge and skills in Chinese. We utilize the Pin-Yin system to enable us to recognize Chinese sounds. Next, an introduction to spoken and written modern Chinese. We also introduce written simplified characters.

There are three objectives for this class: speaking and listening, reading and writing, and Chinese culture. First is the speaking and listening skill. The hope is that students will use Chinese as a means of communication. Students are encouraged to take any opportunity to develop the speaking and listening skill. Next is reading and writing; by the end of the year, students will be able to read a short article such as a personal ad, a job announcement, or movie listings. For writing, students will learn to put into writing what they have already learned to express orally. The final, and perhaps most important, objective of the course is to gain an understanding of the wide variety of nuances of the Chinese culture.

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    CHIN 102 – Elementary Chinese II

    A continuation of Chin 101.

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    CHIN 198 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

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    CHIN 201 – Intermediate Chinese I

    This is an intermediate level course for modern Chinese (Putonghua). The course builds on the work from the introductory Chinese course. Chinese phonics and basic grammar will be introduced through lectures, exercises and assignments. The course will concentrate on acquiring the ability to understand and produce Chinese at the paragraph level, such as factual description and narration in various content areas, as well as clear expression in intermediate level situations.

The course will also help students to develop their abilities to communicate in daily life. We will focus on daily usage, such as describing everyday activities and talking about experiences, etc. The supplemental curriculum may introduce course-related information about Chinese culture, customs, history, modern social life and current events. For better understanding and practicing, multimedia materials will be used occasionally in the class.

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    CHIN 202 – Intermediate Chinese II

    A continuation of Chin 201.

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    CHIN 298 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

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    CHIN 299 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

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    CHIN 398 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

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    CHIN 399 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

Hsin-Wei Su

Visiting Instructor of Chinese