2020 Chinese: Basic Course 3 C07

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Liu Anwei 
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Course description and aims

"Chinese: Basic Course" is intended for students who have no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. The course will begin with the exercise of the Chinese Pinyin Romanization system: tones, rules of phonetic spelling, and pronunciation drill. We also learn simple conversation and basic grammar, to build up rudimentary communication ability of Chinese. As the third step, at "beginner's class 3", we will learn the past tense, the sentence structure of the adjective, the usage of the auxiliary verb. In addition, by using the supplementary materials, we will touch the cultural and social background of the China, will also to help students to have a better understanding of Chinese society and culture.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1 Understand the past tense and make short sentences.
2 Understand the adjectives and make short sentences.
3 Understand the auxiliary verbs and make short sentences.


The past tense of Chinese,theadjectives of Chinese,the auxiliary verbs of Chinese.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Explain basic grammar through words and expressions for daily life, Practice making basic sentences and conversations while touching the social and cultural background of China.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The particle which expresses completion of the movement, past experience. To be announced during classes.
Class 2 Sentence structure of the predicate adjectives.
Class 3 Sentence structure of the predicate adjectives.
Class 4 Sentence structure of the predicate adjectives.
Class 5 Usage of the auxiliary verb.
Class 6 Usage of the auxiliary verb.
Class 7 Reading and writing practice.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Four Step Chinese for College Students

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on midterm exam(30%) and final exam(70%).

Related courses

  • LAL.C201 : Chinese: Basic Course 1
  • LAL.C202 : Chinese: Basic Course 2

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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