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CN125f    Elementary Chinese I      An introduction to the essential building blocks of the Mandarin Chinese language. Students will learn the pinyin Romanization system, basic strokes and radicals of the writing system, as well as approximately 200 characters. Basic sentence structures will be introduced within the context of social situations encountered in daily student life. By the end of the course students will be able to employ all four language modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to exchange basic information about themselves and their studies. Prerequisite:  Chinese 125 is prerequisite to 126.     Five credit hours.    BESIO
CN126s    Elementary Chinese II      A continuation of Chinese 125. Basic sentence structures of Mandarin Chinese will be introduced within the context of social situations encountered in daily student life. Students will be able to employ all four language modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to discuss past actions and future plans. They will begin to learn strategies for constructing complex sentences and coherent paragraphs and will learn an additional 150 Chinese characters. Prerequisite:  Chinese 125.     Five credit hours.    BESIO
CN127f    Intermediate Chinese I      A continuation of the study of Mandarin Chinese, with greater emphasis on written Chinese. Prerequisite:  Chinese 126; Chinese 127 is prerequisite to 128.     Four credit hours.    ZHANG
CN128s    Intermediate Chinese II      A continuation of Chinese 127, with greater emphasis on written Chinese. Prerequisite:  Chinese 127.     Four credit hours.    ZHANG
CN135f    Chinese Conversation I      Practice using basic sentence patterns in conversational situations. Emphasis on oral/aural practice of patterns and phrases related to such daily situations as going to the post office, talking on the telephone, shopping, ordering in a restaurant, etc. Supplemental vocabulary/phrase lists are supplied. Prerequisite:  Chinese 126.     One credit hour.    YEH
CN235fs    Chinese Conversation II      Practice using basic sentence patterns in conversational situations. Emphasis on oral/aural practice of patterns and phrases related to such daily situations as going to the post office, talking on the telephone, shopping, ordering in a restaurant, etc. Supplemental vocabulary/phrase lists are supplied. Prerequisite:  Chinese 127.     One credit hour.    YEH
CN321f    Third-Year Chinese      Advanced Chinese language, concentrating on reading, writing, and speaking. Prerequisite:  Chinese 128.     Four credit hours.    BESIO
CN322s    Third-Year Chinese II      Advanced Chinese language, concentrating on reading, writing, and speaking. Prerequisite:  Chinese 321.     Four credit hours.    ZHU
CN335s    Chinese Conversation III      Conversation class for advanced students on various contemporary social and cultural issues.     One credit hour.    YEH
[CN430]    Contemporary Chinese Society      Advanced Chinese language with a focus on current affairs and topical social issues in contemporary China. We will use multimedia materials ranging from the Internet, television, and films to traditional textbook. Issues covered will include China's market reform, changing family patterns, public health, cinema, and education. Students will be immersed in a Chinese-language environment and should be prepared to discuss these issues in Chinese. Prerequisite:  Chinese 321.     Four credit hours.  
[CN431]    Business Chinese      Advanced Chinese language with a focus on vocabulary and sentence patterns that will facilitate research and discussion of, as well as participation in, China's vibrant business scene. Students will be immersed in a Chinese language environment and should be prepared to discuss issues related to business in China in Chinese. Formerly offered as Chinese 497. Prerequisite:  Chinese 321.     Four credit hours.  
[CN432]    Chinese Newspaper Reading      Provides students with the background necessary to read Chinese newspapers. Students will learn about newspaper genre, content, and vocabulary, as well as how to skim Chinese news and decode headlines. Formerly offered as Chinese 498. Prerequisite:  Chinese 321.     Four credit hours.  
CN433f    Advanced Chinese Translation      Enhances Chinese language skills through translation from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, preparing students for the age of globalization. Introduces the translation practices of different text genres including government documents, news articles, business contracts, and research surveys and reports. Prerequisite:  Chinese 321.     Four credit hours.    ZHANG
CN434s    Docu-China: Advanced Readings in Chinese      Uses documentaries to further consolidate and strengthen Chinese proficiency through interactive audiovisual means as well as via the traditional text-analysis and pattern-practice approach. By incorporation of online TV programs, news clips, and other learning tools, students not only enrich their learning experience but also learn to use the target language to understand and discuss concurrent social, cultural, political, and economic issues. While enhancing the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), students become familiar with formal Chinese commonly used in journalistic reporting, policy analysis, and government reports. Prerequisite:  Chinese 321.     Four credit hours.    ZHANG
CN491f, 492s    Independent Study      Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.     Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY