Chinese

David Thompson (department head), Gereon Kopf (Asian Studies program director)

Language Learning Center

The department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Languages Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.

Chinese Courses

CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese

  • 4 hours

This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, listening to, and writing Chinese. Through the study of the language, the student will also gain an appreciation of Chinese culture and contemporary life.

CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: CHIN 101

This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, listening to, and writing Chinese. Through the study of the language, the student will also gain an appreciation of Chinese culture and contemporary life.

CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: CHIN 102

A continuation of the study of Mandarin Chinese: grammar, writing, speaking, reading and listening comprehension. Speaking proficiency will be developed through active class participation. The use of authentic materials (video, music, texts) will enhance language skills and cultural knowledge.

CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: CHIN 201

A continuation of the study of Mandarin Chinese: grammar, writing, speaking, reading and listening comprehension. Speaking proficiency will be developed through active class participation. The use of authentic materials (video, music, texts) will enhance language skills and cultural knowledge.

CHIN 242 Chinese Cinema and Chinese Modernity

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts, Intercultural

From the fall of the Clestial Empire to the rise of China's economy today, Chinese cinema has witnessed many social changes in the modern era. This course will focus on the interaction between Chinese cinema and the process of modernization. By examining how Chinese films dialogue with Hollywood, it will explore Chinese people's experiences of semi-colonial modernity, socialist modernity and postsocialist/global modernity. Students will watch select films made in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Along with reading and writing assignments, students will be required to do oral presentations. All films have English subtitles. All readings are in English. Students with Chinese language background can choose to complete CHIN 242 with additional assignments in Chinese.