This semester we will continue to learn the basic patterns of Mandarin Chinese. The format of the course will be essentially the same as last semester. We will finish up the last two lessons of Integrated Chinese Level I Part 1 and cover the first six lessons of Level I Part Two. Vocabulary will be introduced in the pinyin romanization system; we will learn characters in their simplified form.
Course Learning Goals (for lesson-specific communicative goals see the course lesson plans):
- Improve accuracy of pronunciation, and control of tones in sentence-length, and paragraph-length utterances.
- Learn to recognize and write an additional approximately 140 characters
- Master basic sentence patterns, and become familiar with the concepts of verb aspect and verb complements. Learn ways to connect single sentences as compound sentences, and/or as paragraph-length utterances.
- Be able to employ all four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to conduct simple conversations and daily interactions in settings beyond the home and the classroom.
Integrated Chinese Level I Part 1 and Part 2, 3rd Edition (Textbook, Character Workbook & Workbook) Tao-chung Yao et al (Boston: Cheng and Ts’ui Company, 2009).
Course Moodle Page (This page includes the course schedule and class materials. It is open to enrolled students. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like access.)
- Tapes accompanying “Integrated Chinese” Level 1 Part 1 Textbook, & Level 1 Part 1 Workbook (3rd edition) can be accessed through the LRC Virtual Listening Lab You may also access the videos that accompany our lessons through the Chinese VLL site.
- Instructions on how to configure your computer to download and access MPEG4 files (for the Bihua project among other uses.)
- Instructions on how to make sound files and send them. (For your oral assignments.)
Internet Resources for Beginning Chinese Language Study
- Integrated Chinese Homepage This is the home-page for our textbook.
- Chinese Pronunciaton Guide Information and Exercises on Chinese Pronunciation
- Pinyin exercises from the University of Iowa Great exercises for practicing tones, initials and finals!
- Exercises These web-based interactive exercises supplement some of the grammar points covered in Integrated Chinese.
- Berkeley Integrated Chinese Site Web-based activities to allow you to practice and review the vocabulary and patterns introduced in the lessons of Integrated Chinese, 2nd edition. Another really fun and useful site.
- Chinese Grammar Wiki Looking for additional examples and discussion of the grammar we are learning? This site might help!
- “Teaching and Learning Chinese” This page contains links to many useful sites for beginning to advanced Chinese language students. Caution: Some of the links on this site no longer work.
- Learning Chinese Online Another page with many links to useful sites for beginning Chinese language learning.
- Marjorie Chan’s China Links This is the most extensive site out there for information about Chinese language learning and linguistics.
- Line Dictionary This site will be especially useful when you do the “Building Words” exercises in the Workbook.
- Zhongwen.com A Chinese online dictionary and character geneology, with other useful links
- On-line Chinese Tools Provides a variety of tools to assist Chinese learning.
- Lost-theory Chinese pages Links to a number of sites useful for learning the Chinese languages