4 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
This course is designed to consolidate the foundation built in Elementary Chinese and continue developing students' skills in aural comprehension, reading, and writing. Lab work required. Intermediate I and II form a sequence. The Fall semester subject 21F103 is prerequisite for the Spring. Students who have completed the streamlined sequence 21F107-108 are not normally eligible for this subject.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to speak Chinese with some fluency on basic conversational topics, achieve a basic level of reading competence within simplified and traditional characters learned plus common compounds, and be able to write short compositions.
Classes consist of a combination of lecture, drill practice, discussion, reading comprehension practice, listening comprehension practice, situational dialogue practice.
Students are expected to preview, read the assigned reading(s) and learn the assigned characters, paragraphs, patterns before classes, and to participate actively in class discussions. Students are encouraged to discuss on reading assignments. Students will be expected to hand in assigned homework and portfolio on the due date.
This course final grade will be 100 points, based on class performance, homework, bi-weekly quizzes, a mid-term, a reading project, portfolio, and end-term presentation. The weighing of the various factors is, roughly, as follow:
A: Class performance (15 points)
B: Assigned homework (15 points)
C: By-weekly quizzes (20 points)
D: Mid-term (20 points)
E: Reading project (10 points)
F: Portfolio (10 points)
G: Presentation (10 points)
Factors involved in the class grade include being on time and prepared, completing written assignments carefully and on time, and participating enthusiastically in class activities. Other factors may come in to play, e.g.: improvement versus deterioration over the course of the semester, and progress relative to starting level.
Engaging in a foreign language class shouldn't feel like a chore that you resent having to perform. If it does, you should probably do some serious thinking about why you are enrolled. A foreign language is a discipline to be studied with attention and dedication. It requires a high level of concentration, and a systematic, steady approach. It is in fact a never-ending process, which involves a consistent accumulation of data (vocabulary) to be applied within a complex framework (grammar). As such, learning a foreign language is often frustrating and so it should be dealt with patiently. But the result of understanding of a foreign language provides lifelong satisfaction. If you approach this course by wondering how little work you can do and still get by, or if you approach this class by thinking only about what grade you are getting instead of what you are learning, then you will not succeed. If, however, you approach this class with dedication and a positive attitude, I guarantee that you will be rewarded with the satisfaction that comes from the genuine acquisition of knowledge and skill.