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Anne O Yue-Hashimoto
CHIN 411
Seattle Campus

Fourth-Year Chinese

Reading of unedited texts including newspaper articles, literary selections, and academic essays. Oral discussion, listening comprehension, and composition. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either CHIN 213 or CHIN 303. Offered: A.

Class description

GOAL of Fourth Year Chinese (411) -- to develop the ability to read unedited texts, including newspaper articles and literary selections; to carry on discussion in Chinese, to enhance aural comprehension skill and to write composition on various topics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Sets of related topics are presented through the choice of selected texts and materials. Class time is devoted to explication of these materials through questions-and-answers, the translation of difficult portions of texts and discussions by students. Special emphasis is placed on grasping the grammar of written Chinese. Comprehension exercises are given in class and in the Language Lab, while composition, translation and annotation are assigned as home work. The aim is to engage all four faculties (reading, oral, aural, writing) to master and to use the materials. Written and aural tests will then be given on the materials.

Recommended preparation

Students are expected to be familiar with traditional Chinese characters ľall quizzes, tests and exams are given in traditional characters, although students may choose to write in either the traditional form or the simplified form. Students are expected to devote at least *14 hours* of time per week on their lessons.

PREVIEW of a lesson before coming to class is required of students, who are responsible for listening to the lesson tapes and review tapes, for looking up new vocabulary items not covered in the annotations and for preparing a translation into English of the text to be presented in class. Daily Quiz, announced or unannounced, is given for the lesson to be prepared.

To enhance your understanding of the grammatical structure of newspaper articles and academic essays, which is mixed with classical usage, students are advised to take First Year Classical Chinese along with 4th Year Chinese or before taking 4th Year Chinese.

Class assignments and grading

HOME WORK -- apart from preparation of a lesson before coming to class as specified above, home work focuses on composition [written by hand on "character paper" -- sample provided for copy] and must be handed in ON TIME (unless otherwise specified) at 9:30am on the day designated (in italic in the Lesson Plan on p.4). Late home work will NOT be accepted.

COMPREHENSION, READING, GRAMMAR and other EXERCISES strengthen the learning of chosen texts and materials. Comprehension exercises incorporate the vocabulary of a given lesson and so require a thorough study of the lesson, while grammatical or translation exercises summarize and review the main points of a group of lessons and so require preparation before coming to class. Grammatical review targets difficulties students experienced in comprehending complex sentence structures that appear, especially, in newspaper articles and academic essays.

"ELECTRONIC" GRAMMAR NOTEBOOK -- understanding the grammatical structure of written Chinese is the key to mastering reading of newspaper articles and academic essays. Each student must prepare and copy grammatically significant examples given in class from each lesson on the usage of function words. Should be given to instructor via e-mail attachment.

CLASS PRESENTATION -- at the end of the quarter, each student will make a brief oral presentation in class of an assigned piece.

CLASS ATTENDANCE is emphasized. The success of the class and of your learning depends on your participation. Absence of more than 2 days per quarter from class will adversely affect the student's grade unless there is justifiable excuse. Every absence beyond this two-day limit will be counted as MINUS ONE POINT (against 100%) from the total grade average. In case of illness a doctor's note must be presented to be counted as an excuse.

GRADING POLICY: The progress of a student during the entire quarter is more important than mechanical calculation of grades. We want to help you learn and make improvement. There is a balance between everyday performance and final performance. However, the latter may override the former when a student makes progress.

General grading guidelines are as follows:

1. Class & lab participation and general progress 5% 2. Home work, oral discussion 10%

3. class preparation/quizzes 10%

4. Tests, Lab Test 35%

5. Final Exam. (including reading comprehension exam) 40% _____________ 100%


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.
Last Update by Anne O Yue-Hashimoto
Date: 11/02/2006