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NOTE: An authorization code is required for a student to enroll in Chinese 1 A-B-C, Chinese 2 A-B-C, and Chinese 3 A-B-C.
Who needs to take courses in Chinese?
Successful completion of lower-division course work (up to CH 3C or the equivalent) is required for Chinese Majors and Minors and may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the School of Humanities. Completion of Chinese work through 1C level may also be used to satisfy UCI's Language Other Than English (Category VI) breadth requirement (see UCI General Catalogue).
How can I enroll in a Chinese course?
You must complete the following steps to enroll in a Chinese course at UCI:
- Take the Chinese Placement Test.
- Complete a Student Language Background Survey (SLBS) and meet with Chinese faculty to receive your authorization code for the course.
Click here for more information on Chinese Placement Test and Faculty Oral Interview.
Chinese 1A-B-C: Fundamentals of Mandarin
Innovative approaches with emphasis on the four fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Taught in Mandarin Chinese using the Pinyin system of Romanization and full form characters. Throughout the series, students will learn to read and write with the Pinyin System andlearn about 900 Chinese characters or 2,000 phrases. The goal of this course is to achieve basic proficiency in Mandarin Chinese in order to communicate with speakers of Chinese in daily conversation about common topics and to read short passages about simple matters from both authentic materials and pedagogically-prepared materials. Culture notes and social linguistic knowledge of appropriate behaviors in a Chinese-speaking society will also be introduced.
To accommodate students of different language backgrounds, 3 parallel tracks are offered: one for Mandarin speakers, one for speakers of other Chinese dialects, and one for students with no Chinese heritage. Prerequisite: Chinese Placement Test and Faculty Oral Interview. Authorization to enroll can be obtained in HIB 452 or 466.
Hours: 5 hours per week (for Mandarin Track)
Integrated Chinese (Dialect and Non-heritage tracks)
Oh, China!, Taiwan Today (Mandarin Track)
Chinese S1AB-BC: Fundamentals of Mandarin, Summer
This is an intensive summer program that covers the same material as Chinese 1A-B-C during the regular academic year.
Chinese 2A-B-C: Intermediate Chinese
The Chinese 2A-2B-2C series will use both authentic materials from a wide variety of sources and pedagogically-prepared materials to further develop students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and the ability to use the language to communicate in culturally, socially and linguistically appropriate ways. Throughout the series advanced grammatical patterns will be gradually introduced and reviewed. By the end of the three quarters, students are expected to: (1) develop reading comprehension from a wide selection of authentic materials ; (2) handle reasonably complicated survival situations; (3) read and write paragraph-length narratives and descriptions of real life events, as well as expositions and arguments concerning real or hypothetical issues.
To accommodate students of different language backgrounds, 2 parallel tracks are offered: one for heritage Chinese speakers and one for students with no Chinese heritage. Prerequisite: completion of CH1C or by consent of instructor; authorization code required to enroll. Authorization to enroll can be obtained in HIB 452 or 466.
Hours: 5 hours per week
Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese, Taiwan Today
Chinese 3A-B-C:Advanced Chinese
Emphasis is placed on advanced conversation to improve the ability to communicate in expected and unexpected situation. Readings are based on modern Chinese prose and newspapers, with focus on academic skills. Emphasis is also placed on self-expression in problem-solving tasks, defense of decisions and classroom discussions. Presentations, weekly essays, debates, quizzes and final exam are included. Prerequisite: completion of CH2C or by consent of instructor; authorization code required to enroll.
Hours: 4 hours per week
Newspaper Reader: U.S. A. in the People 's Daily
Chinese 100A-B-C:Classical Chinese
This course introduces classical Chinese as a language. Stress is on the grammatical features of the language rather than on simple translation. Prerequisite: Chinese 3C or the equivalent.
Students in the fourth year course have sufficient competence in Chinese to begin to use the language to discuss issues in Chinese literature and culture introduced through Chinese-language materials. Stress continues to fall on comprehension, grammar, and proficiency, but analytic skills become increasingly important.
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