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Wei Zhi Gao
B CHIN 102
Bothell Campus

First-Year Chinese

Introduction to the standard language. Emphasis on learning correct pronunciation and basic structure. Drill in oral use of the language. Open only to students who do not have any previous training in Chinese. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in B CHIN 101. Offered: W.

Class description

Chinese 102 is an introductory course to the standard language with an emphasis on character recognition. It is open to anyone, heritage or non-heritage, who is interested in learning elementary Chinese. Completion of the course counts 5 credits toward language requirement at the college level. This class is also available to students at Cascadia Community College, including those who are in the running start program.

This course covers 7 chapters in Integrated Chinese Level I, 3rd Edition. Topics include School Life, simple Diary/Blog Writing, Shopping, Winter Vacation, Dining, Asking Directions, Birthday Party, etc.

Chinese 102 is not just a language class. This course is featured with subtle but deep philosophical explorations. When recounting his experience in taking this class, Michael Walkoski stated that it was during the second quarter of Chinese that he began to recognize a more profound connection between language learning and our perceptions of the world.

In addition to pursuing spiritual fulfillment and intellectual entertainment, Chinese 102 also encourages students to connect their language learning to practical issues and skills, especially to their job search and daily life.

Student learning goals

Make a complete transition from reading and writing Pinyin to reading and writing Chinese characters.

Expand basic Chinese vocabulary in a systematic manner.

Formulate and answer simple questions at the sentence level and paragraph level.

Comprehend and engage in dialogues on simple topics in Chinese, including school life, at the library, writing online blogs; shopping, transportation; dining, seeing a doctor, dating, and renting an apartment, etc.

Grasp a solid understanding of cultural connotations of each expression in various contexts.

General method of instruction

Instructions are integrated, paying close attention to the interrelations among listening, speaking, reading, writing, interpreting and translating, especially to overtones or connotations of cultural information and knowledge.

Lectures, role-play, group activities; class presentations; multimedia, etc.

Recommended preparation

Preview: Before each class, prepare thoroughly according to the course daily planner. Take notes of any puzzles and bring them to class. Study each individual lesson at three levels: word level (characters), syntactic level (sentences) and textual level (full text). Identify patterns, draw connections and watch for cultural/rhetorical overtones.

View: In class, participate in all activities with creativity. Lead Session and Red Pen Session invite students to function as a teacher to coach each other in certain language functions. Our aim will be to create a supportive language learning community, open to different perspectives and new ways to learn.

Review: Follow up with all the assigned homework and practice with intelligence and diligence. Try to stay ahead and come to the next session well prepared.

To ensure a smooth transition for those who have learned some Chinese but missed 101, please contact the instructor for more information: weigao@u.washington.edu.

Class assignments and grading

1. Conceptual/Structural understanding; 2. Problem-solving; 3. Generative; 4. Interpretative;

Evaluation Exams 30% Homework 20% Participation 16% Quizzes 14% Oral test 10% Projects 10% (including in class presentations & writing assignments)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Wei Zhi Gao
Date: 01/06/2010