Course Description and Procedures

Course Syllabus 

  1. The course syllabus is available in Moodle
  2. This class will be taught as a hybrid class, in person and/or remotely in Teams as warranted by the need for personalized instruction and the safety concerns for each individual
    1. Location: Burton Morgon Hall, 217
    2. Time: M/W/F 2:15—3:05;  T 2:00—2:50
  3. If and when we switch in remote learning, homework and quizzes are to be submitted online; in Moodle if that is where you find the quizzes; Moodle automatically grade your work and keep your scores. 
  4. If and when you submit work into your individual homework folder in Teams, do remember to
    1. Submit in Word format (and not in PDF) so that I can edit it and offer feedback 
    2. Write what the homework or quiz about as title; e.g. “Lesson Five Text homework”
    3. Check the next day to find the score for your work and know what you did right or wrong
  5. If and when you are unable to come to class in person, you should be able to find a video recording of the class in Teams 
  6. If and when we meet in Teams, mute your mike but turn on camera so that everyone would know who you are and what you look like; turn on your mike and click the “hand” icon if you have a question
  7. Feel free to “Chat” with me in Teams if you have a question when the class is already over. You can “Share” screen to allow me to look at your work in progress.


This course is a continuation of Beginning Chinese II or the equivalent. The goal of this course is to train you to function successfully in Chinese culture because we assume that you are interested in interacting with Chinese people in a way that will permit you to pursue professional goals in some segment of a Chinese society. This means we expect you to learn how to present yourself in a way that a Chinese person will find comfortable. To do this, you will have to perform, which is the focus of this course. Whether you are speaking, reading, or writing, your daily performance will be the crucial factor in how well you do in this class. You are by now accustomed to performing in Chinese in class: we’ll continue to build on this until you are comfortable using the language in front of strangers.

We will assure you that if you do what we ask of you on a daily basis, you will learn Chinese. Therefore, our evaluation (i.e., your grades) will be based on your daily performances, including doing certain amount of what is known as “cold reading” where a student is given an authentic, unseen text to read and discuss.  This has become an important tool for the most intermediate and advanced students. It raises student confidence that they can deal with different kinds of texts in real life without preparation.  

So be conscious of the slight difference in how we taught Beginning Chinese in that we expect certain amount of material to be self-taught. The basic language training you have received should enable you to teach yourself about new vocabulary and grammar that are explained in English in the textbook; it is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what transpires in class and raise questions if you do not. The more you take into your own hand, the higher your chance of doing well in this class.