CHIN 102
Basic Chinese Spring 2024
Division I
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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 in both the simplified and the traditional script at about the 500-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.
The Class: Format: lecture; (for spoken classes) dialog performance, drills, communicative exercises; (for written classes) oral and silent reading, questions and discussion in Chinese, translation and explanation in English as needed.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3287
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation, daily quizzes in the form of dialog or reading performance, homework, regular unit tests, and oral and written exams.
Prerequisites: CHIN 101 and WSP Sustaining Program or equivalent. Students who have never taken a Chinese language course at Williams should complete the Chinese Placement Evaluation in GLOW before registering for this course.
Enrollment Preferences: If the course is overenrolled, first priority will be given to current or prospective majors in the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and second priority will be given to first-year students and sophomores.
Unit Notes: students registered for CHIN 101-102 are required to attend and pass the sustaining course during the winter study period; credit granted only if both semesters (CHIN 101 and 102) are taken
Distributions: Division I

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