Kaiyao Ni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office: Pearce Hall 325
Language Lab: Pearce Hall 303
Phone: (989) 774-3609 (office)
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:59 a.m.
Goals and Objectives:
This is a beginner level course in Mandarin Chinese for students who have little or no previous Chinese experience (students who have had a year or more than a year Chinese study won’t earn credit from this course). This course is designed to focus on communicative language skills from interpersonal, interpretive to presentational mode. Students will gain language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing in Mandarin Chinese, increase understanding and competence in Chinese culture, and be able to achieve the following:
Listening: Understand short, fixed utterances and some sentence-length utterances in familiar subjects. Comprehend limited vocabulary, simple questions and statements related to greetings, family, age, time & dates, hobbies, visiting friends etc.
Speaking: Ask simple questions and make short statements by using familiar phrases and fragments. Vocabulary centers on areas such as family, introducing people, professions, time & dates, birthday, hobbies, visiting friends, etc.
Reading: Be able to read Chinese Pinyin. Identify some basic radicals and characters. Read short conversations in some frequently used Chinese characters.
Writing: Be proficient in writing vocabulary, phrases and sentences in Pinyin. Be able to write some basic radicals and a limited number of frequently used characters and phrases. Students will also be able to type characters which are within their reading ability in Chinese.
Cultural competence: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices/produces of language and perspectives of the culture studied. Demonstrate understanding of the concept of Chinese culture through comparison of Chinese culture and your own culture.
Textbooks & Materials:
1. Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Textbook, 3rd Edition, (Simplified Characters),
by Yuehua Liu & Tao-Chung Yao.
2. Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Workbook, 3rd Edition, (Simplified Characters), by Yuehua Liu & Tao-Chung Yao.
3. Handouts: to be distributed in class or posted on the website
4. Class website: http://chn101.weebly.com/
5. Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part I, Character Workbook, by Tao-Chung Yao.
Throughout this semester you will be having the following assignments:
1. Homework/After-class assignments (20 points x 25 = 500 points): After each class, there will be 1-2 tasks posted on the course website for you to review and practice the knowledge and skills that we learned in that class, or to help you prepare for the coming class. They can be worksheet, exercise, audio recording, vocabulary self-study, survey, video, etc. This homework assignment is due before the next class.
2. Quiz (15 points x 5 = 75 points): Quizzes will be given in class. It will focus on the current topic we are learning.
3. Participation (10 points x 25 =250 points): Being late or absence will result in deduction or 0 point in participation of that day.
4. Cultural activity report (80 points): Over the semester, you are required to participate in One Chinese cultural activity or event. After the cultural activity, you are going to write a 200 – 250 word report (in English) on that experience. Please see details in the next session. Due Date November 12th
5. Final presentation (150 points): The final presentation (Date December 3rd) at the end of the semester can be individual presentation or group presentation depending on the topic you choose. The list of topics and detailed rubrics will be provided.
6. Exams (250 points x 2 = 500 points): There are 2 exams in this semester. The midterm (Date October 26th) exams will be focus on Pinyin, radicals, Lesson 1-3. It has listening, writing, and reading components. Midterm exam will also include an oral test. Final exam (Final Week) covers Lesson 1-5, and has listening, writing, and reading parts.
University Program Subgroup IV-B:
CHN 101 satisfies the University Program (UP) requirement in Subgroup IV-B, Studies in Global Culture. In this course, each chapter brings a Chinese Culture Highlight. Besides this, many other Chinese cultural aspects such as Chinese holidays, idioms, etiquette, cuisine, etc. are amply covered through DVDs, internet, power point presentations, discussions and supplementary books. In addition, there is a significant amount of meaningful writing and public speaking in this course which is done through daily homework, class activities, presentations, written tests, oral tests, and skits. Over the semester, you are required to participate in one Chinese cultural activities or events. Examples of qualified cultural activities or events are Chinese club, festival celebrations, art exhibits, film showings, plays, presentations, seminars, etc. After each cultural activity, you are going to write a 200 – 250 word report (in English) on that experience. In this report, you can include the descriptions of interactions with native speaker, pictures you take, feelings, and thoughts related to the concept of Chinese culture and society. Opportunities of such cultural activities and events will be informed through our course website (but not limited). Due Date November 12th
Students with disabilities;
CMU provides students with disabilities reasonable accommodation to participate in educational programs, activities, or services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in class activities or meet course requirements should first register with the office of Student Disability Services (Park Library 120, telephone 989-774-3018, TDD #2568), and then contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Rules and Requirements:
1. Assignments: You are required to access a computer and internet in order to complete your class assignment (homework) (http://chn101.weebly.com/). It is your responsibility to check the class website after every class for instruction of your homework assignment and preparation for next class. All the assignments should be completed and submitted in the right format which could be accessed by the instructor before the next class begins. Failure to do so will result in late submission or missing assignment.
2. Late submission and missing assignments: All the assignments should be completed and submitted before the next class begins. Late submission will be accepted within 3 days after the due date, but the grade will be marked down 20%. Submission later than 3 days after due date will be considered missing assignment, which will receive 0 point. Make-up tests and quizzes will be only allowed under special circumstances, when you make prior arrangements.
3. Participation and absence: Participation is very important for a language class. Most of the speaking and listening skills cannot be acquired without interacting with others. Therefore attendance is mandatory. You will earn participation points for every class other than exam days. Being late or absence will result in deduction or 0 point in participation of that day. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the assignment from on the course website and to attend the next class fully prepared. I reserve the right to modify this policy on a case by case basis.
4. Classroom behavior expectation: Each CMU student is encouraged to help create a classroom environment that promotes learning, dignity, and mutual respect for everyone. I expect everyone to use appropriate language and manners in class, pay attention and listen quietly when it is other people’s turn to talk, mute your cellphone and keep it in your bag, participate in class activities, follow the instruction of the teacher, raise hand to ask questions when you have confusion or need help. Inappropriate behavior in classroom will result in deduction of your participation score.
5. Academic honesty and plagiarism: All work submitted for a grade must be the product of your own efforts. Academic dishonesty in any form (e.g. cheating on tests, copying another person’s assignment, quoting from a text without giving credit to the author, copying from Internet sources, using an electronic translator, using Google translate to write sentences or paragraph, having someone other than me help you write or correct your essays) will result in a minimum penalty of no credit for the work submitted, and may result not only in a failing grade for the course, but also in a report to the Office of Student Life for prosecution.
Assignments will be graded based on the following scale:
100% complete without or with a few mistakes
90 – 99% complete with some mistakes
80 – 89% complete with many mistakes
70 – 79% incomplete with some mistakes
60 – 69% incomplete with many mistakes
0 not completed
Your grades on Blackboard will be updated weekly by Saturday.
1. Participation and attendance 16%
2. Assignments 32%
3. Quizzes 5%
4. Cultural activity report 5%
5. Exams 32%
6. Final presentation 10%
94 – 100: A 90 – 93: A-
87 – 89: B+ 84 – 86: B 80 – 83: B-
77 – 79: C+ 74 – 76: C 70 – 73: C-
67 - 69: D+ 64 - 66: D 60 - 63: D-
Below 60: E