CHIN& 123 Chinese III • 5 Cr.
Further expands functional language ability in spoken and written Chinese. Students practice sounds and tones, vocabulary, and grammatical constructions and both traditional and both traditional and simplified characters and practice using Chinese in authentic situations. Continues understanding of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: CHIN& 122 or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Identify time descriptive words. For instance, when asked to analyze day, month, year, dynasties and the like the will in a vocabulary quiz listing ten such action words, students will be able to translate eight of them correctly.
- Write Chinese character equivalents of those time words. In a vocabulary test students will be able to correctly write eight out of ten of these characters.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a short passage on an everyday topic and be able to summarize the main points of the passage with eighty per cent accuracy. For example, after listening to a passage on the art of China, they will recognize references to generally known artistic facts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a passage spoken by a classmate and summarize the main points of that talk. For example, they will be able to write about someone’s country, what their customs are like and what their holidays are like.
- Present a two minute speech in Chinese and convey ten facts about their culture with eighty percent accuracy.
- Read a passage written in Chinese characters about someone’s culture and answer questions designed to test their comprehension. For example, should the passage might explain festivals, listeners will answer questions about the passage with eighty percent accuracy.
- Use a Chinese word processor and write a passage like those described above that has fewer than four errors.
- Compose a calligraphic work of their own choosing in cursive form and instructor will judge that work after traditional aesthetic principles.