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An introduction to Mandarin, the language with the largest number of native speakers in the world, which is the national language of China and Taiwan, and one of the official languages of Singapore. Course objectives are for the student to develop simple, practical conversational skills and acquire basic proficiency in reading and writing at about the 200-character level. The relationship between language and culture and the sociolinguistically appropriate use of language will be stressed throughout. Both audio and video materials will be employed extensively.
Format: lecture/conference; (for spoken classes) dialog performance, drills, communicative exercises; (for written classes) oral reading, questions and discussion in Chinese, translation and explanation in English
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
classroom performance, homework, quizzes, unit tests, and an oral and written final exam
students registered for CHIN 101-102 are required to attend and pass the sustaining program during the Winter Study period; credit granted only if both semesters (CHIN 101 and 102) are taken