About 305 課程介紹

Chinese 305 | 三年中文: 古代與現代漢語文選
From Bamboo Grove to Cyberspace: Chinese Literary Texts Now and Then

课本: no textbook; selected online materials

課程內容和目標 Course Description and Objectives  Chinese 305 is designed for students who have completed at least two and 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 and writing with comprehensible input and meaningful discourse.

The texts selected in this course will give students glimpses into Chinese literary works old and new. From classical Tang poems composed in the shade of bamboo groves and to the recent news events found on e-magazines, student will be introduced to various styles of Chinese literary writing, and will have the opportunity to learn about the concerns and interests of Chinese intellectuals.

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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