The first semester of a one-year sequence in Mandarin Chinese, this course gives elementary training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Specific goals include: 1) introduce nature and history of the Chinese language; 2) understand and use basic sentence patterns and 400 vocabulary words; 3) recognize 250 Chinese characters (simplified forms) and write 150 of them; 4) write simple phrases and sentences in Chinese, and 5) translate simple phrases and sentences from Chinese into English. Students are also instructed in the use of Chinese word-processing software and an online Chinese text reader. The E-text and all related interactive assignments are part of the Pearson Books MyChineseLab website, with weekly practice sessions with the instructor conducted using Elluminate.
Instructor: Paul Fendos Jr.