CHIN 102
Basic Chinese Spring 2025
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, China and Taiwan, and one of the de facto official languages of 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 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. Traditional characters will be introduced. CHIN 101 and CHIN 102 constitute an integral, indivisible year-long course. Students who register for a year-long course are required to complete both semesters of that course within the same academic year. Students who fail to take and pass the second half of a year-long course will incur a course deficiency.
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#: 3772
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: Course credit is granted only if both semesters (101 and 102) as well as the Winter Study Sustaining Program, which is taken in addition to a regular Winter Study course, are taken and passed.
Distributions: Division I

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