About 301 課程介紹

Chinese 301 |  三年中文: 海峽兩岸–中國和台灣文化比較
Across the Strait: Cultures  of China and Taiwan

課程教材 Course Meterials Selected lessons from the following language text and online courses will be used:

  1. 今日台灣: 中級漢語課程 Taiwan Today: An Intermediate Course, Teng & Perry, 3rd Edition, Cheng& Tsui, 2008.
  2. 中文阅读天地: Chinese Reading World (http://collections.uiowa.edu/chinese/)
  3. 羅格斯多媒體中文教學系統 Rutgers Multimediate Chinese Teaching System (http://chinese.rutgers.edu/content_cs.htm)
  4. Clavis Sinica Homepage (http://clavisinica.com/index.html) – Chinese Voices Project | Chinese Text Sampler
  5. 中国台湾网 (http://www.chinataiwan.org/)
  6. 上海与台湾 (http://www.shanghai-taiwan.org/chs/index.aspx)
  7. BBC中文网 (主页 http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/trad/ | 两岸三地 http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news/index.shtml)

阅读背景资料 Online Background Research and Reading Selected lessons from the following language text and online courses will be used:

  1. Danwei: a website and research firm that tracks the Chinese media and Internet (http://www.danwei.com/)
  2. BBC China Profile (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13017877)
  3. BBC Taiwan Profile (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16164639)
  4. Brief Background Info on China-Taiwan Relations (http://www.cfr.org/china/china-taiwan-relations/p9223)
  5. PRC, Taiwan and Cross-Strait Relations: Analyses and Commentaries (http://www.stimson.org/research-pages/prc-taiwan-and-cross-strait-relations/)

課程內容和目標 Course Description and Objectives – Chinese 301 is designed for students who have completed at least two and a half years of Mandarin at the college level or equivalent to further develop listening, reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level. Emphasis is on reading, writing and group discussion. All 300-level courses include a more rigorous reading and writing component, and require students to participate in lengthier class discussions. Students who do not have prior study abroad experience or have not taken any other 200-level courses other than 201-202 should consult the instructor to make sure their placement in this course is appropriate.

The readings selected in this course will give students glimpses into a wide range of social, political and cultural issues in contemporary China and Taiwan. We will study and compare the two regions, specifically in topics dealing with current events, political concerns, economic developments, social problems and leisure life. Students are expected to bring the knowledge they have gained, from previous Asian Studies courses, from their study abroad experience or from the background reading required for the course, into class discussion and essay writing. As we study the linguistic elements in each lesson, we will also compare and contrast different ideas, customs and value systems, and explore areas of interest within the parameters of our topic. The ultimate goal for the course is for students to gain a deepened knowledge of these two target regions and to develop better communicative skills and proficiency in Chinese related to these specific topics discussed in the course.

Chinese 301, 303, 305, 307 and 309 are not taught as sequential courses. However, students majoring in Chinese are strongly encouraged to take all courses if possible in any order (305 first, or 307 first, or 301 first), depending on course scheduling.

Since students for this advanced class often come in with different levels of fluency and preparation, it is essential that the class evaluation include not only classroom tests and group exercises, but also individual presentations and projects. Student’s individual effort and progress will be closely monitored throughout the semester. Although different expectations and standards may be applied to students of different levels and backgrounds, all students should strive to improve in the following areas:

1. Reading: Read with greater speed, efficiency and independence. 2. Writing: Use more sophisticated vocabulary and more complicated sentences, and include more in-depth discussions and commentary on the topic. Go for accuracy, clarity rather than length. 3. Communication: Acquire more background knowledge on a variety of topics to ensure better comprehension and more ease in oral delivery.

課程要求 Course Requirement  Class will be conducted primarily in Chinese. Regular and punctual attendance as well as active participation in all classes will be expected of all students. Lesson topics will be supplemented with traditional Chinese culture and contemporary issues. Students are expected to spend at least 10 hours per week studying outside of class, including previewing, preparing, and reviewing assignments, and in appointments with the instructor, if required. Group projects and other assigned teamwork will require additional time for collaboration. Much of the work is to be done on your own; students in this class have to be self-reliant and highly-motivated. The instructor expects all students to put forth more effort than in any of their previous Chinese courses, and will push every student to reach his or her utmost potential in mastering the materials. The coursework aims to prepare students planning on study abroad or to pursue a 300-level course in the spring. Strong motivation and daily preparation will ensure a successful learning experience in this class. Students should be prepared to participate, comment and contribute ideas in every class and during group project sessions.

上課方式和學生參與 Class Format and Student Participation  The instructor will conduct most tasks in Chinese and students are expected to use only Chinese in class. Students should be ready to participate in oral drills, partner dialogues and other activates in everyday class. Please do not eat or chew gums during class as it will be difficult for you to speak up with clarity and promptness. Your participation is graded daily. We will utilize the electronic turn-around classroom for computer-based individual and group work during class sometime. You may bring your own laptop to class; however, you should only use the computer for class-related work. Do not use the computer to check email, type other papers or to browse unrelated web sites.


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