Intermediate Chinese 1 (Fall 2022) CHIN 201
中级中文 中級中文

Professor: Yanshuo Zhang 张彦硕老师 (
Class meeting times: MWF 1:20-2:35 pm Location: Dewing 201
Office Hour: Wednesdays 2:45-3:45pm at Dewing 212A or by appointment
Lab: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 7:50pm

Course Description:

This course will provide instruction in all aspects of written (in simplified characters) and spoken standard mandarin Chinese. Together we will engage deeply with the target language through in- class simulated contextual conversations, immersive class discussions in the target language, collaborate homework assignments, and exposure to authentic material in addition to the regular use of a standard textbook. By the end of the course, you will have learned how to better communicate in Chinese writing and in speech about daily life, shopping, traveling, education, family, politics, and more. You will also have deepened your understanding of the social, cultural, regional, and ethnic dimensions of both historical and contemporary China. The goal is to help students achieve low-intermediate skills in all aspects of Chinese (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) by the end of the quarter.

Learning Objectives:
The learning goals of this course are: for students to be able to express themselves clearly on the range of subjects dealt with over the quarter; and for students to be able to identify and engage in different, culturally specific modes of communicating. We will also build a community around topics and materials of Chinese culture. Furthermore, we will hold Chinese Culture Nights for students to engage in cultural, academic and professional opportunities that arise from your learning of Chinese.

Throughout the quarter we will be using Integrated Chinese, Level 3 (available in the campus bookstore) and the corresponding workbooks. If you want to review your vocabulary and grammar, please have Integrated Chinese I and II books available. Additionally, if you think you need extra help with writing and reading the characters, please get a copy of the Character Workbook for Integrated Chinese (The bookstore should also have copies of these). You must own a hard copy and bring your textbook (Integrated Chinese 3 and Workbook) to class every day. All material outside the textbook will be uploaded to our course website on Moodle. Please also bring a physical notebook/notepad and pens or pencils to every class, as we do regular writing exercises in class.

Dictionary: Pleco app (for use outside of class; see policies below) Flashcards: Anki app
*Both apps require setting up Chinese keyboard on mobile device

Classroom Policies:

We will roughly observe the “Chinese only” rule in the classroom and in labs. Exceptions are made for discussions of complex grammar or context questions, for questions about exam instructions, and for emergencies.
No computers and no texting/checking social media, etc., on phones in class. Otherwise, if caught, you will receive a “0” for participation that day.
Attendance is mandatory. Unexcused absences will result in a 0% for participation that day, and you will be unable to retake any in-class assignment. Under reasonable circumstances, such as sickness, religious observance, or other emergencies, students must notify the professor via email in advance of their absence and retake any missed assignment at a later date. More than three unexcused absences will result in a 3% grade drop for the final, cumulative participation grade. HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID EXPOSURE OR SYMPTOMS, please quarantine and do not come to class. Please follow the college's safety protocols and notify Dr. Zhang of any COVID-related issues immediately. You will NOT receive any penalties for COVID-related absences.
Tech policies: Absolutely no emails, web browsing, or social media are allowed during class time. If you choose to take notes or access your readings on your computer during class time, you should restrict your computer use solely to these purposes. If you are caught doing any private browsing activities by the instructor, your participation and attendance grade for that class period will be zero. Persistent web browsing (more than 3 times caught by the instructor) will result in serious disciplinary actions and or a failed grade for this class. If you are not sure about a term or concept mentioned in class, please raise your hand and ask the instructor or take note of that term and ask after class, instead of Googling it. Let's make our class time a devoted time together for focused learning and sharing our ideas, instead of web browsing.

Preview class content: It is highly recommended that you preview class content, especially new vocabulary, prior to the start of each lesson, on your own. Spending a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the new words, pronunciations, and grammar points prior to class time will pay off, as you may find it much easier to follow class instruction, especially given our commitment to using as much Chinese in class as possible.

Independent Work: It is expected that you complete all assignments with your own work and honest efforts. While you can certainly ask Zhang laoshi or the TA any questions you have prior to working on your assignments and it is permissible to look up words and phrases you don’t know, when you sit down to complete the assignments and essays, you need to make sure that it’s all your own independent work. You are NOT permitted to work with a classmate, friend, or anyone else on graded assignments; nor are you allowed to use Google Translate or any other translation tools to translate blocks of texts and submit them as your own. (It’s OK to look up a couple of words here and there, but you are NOT allowed to use translation tools to translate blocks or paragraphs of text for your homework and any graded writing assignments; it’s important to make your best earnest efforts in order to truly improve your Chinese. Your earnest efforts will be taken into consideration when the professor grades your work. )

Any unpermitted collaboration and use of digital translation tools (such as Google Translate) will count as plagiarism and negatively impact your grade, with possible disciplinary actions to follow. If, after making earnest efforts, you find it challenging to complete an assignment on your own, please seek help by contacting Zhang Laoshi or the TA immediately.

Assignments and grading
· Dictations 听写 (10%):
Each day that we do not have a quiz or exam, we will have a dictation. Dictations are on
vocabulary and grammar from the Lesson of the week. To prepare for the Dictations, you should preview and review the vocabulary and grammar on your own outside of class time.

· Homework 作业 + 作文 Essays (30%)
Homework will be assigned from the Workbook weekly. Individual homework assignments will be posted onto our course Moodle. The Essays test how you master the vocabulary and grammar of the lesson, particularly by applying them to your own life in your writing

· Chapter Exams 小考 + Skit Performance表演 (biǎo yǎn) (20%)
We will have one Exam for each Lesson in the textbook in addition to a mid-term and final exam. For some chapters, instead of having a written exam, you will work with someone else in class to do a skit performance in Chinese. We will talk more about the skit performances later.

· Participation 参与 (10%)
Participation will be graded based on students’ contributions to in-class discussions and demonstrated preparedness.

· Culture Reports 文化报告 (10%)
Throughout the quarter we will have one to two culture reports/oral presentations on topics of your choice. Thereport will be presented in Chinese, but your research materials can be in any language.

· Mid-Term Exam 期中考试 (10%)
We will have one mid-term exam roughly during Week 5 or Week 6.

· Final Comprehensive Exam 综合考试 (10%)
We will have one final exam that will be comprehensive, covering all Lessons studied this quarter.

· Extra Credit 额外分数 (Up to 3% towards your final grade)
You can earn up to 3% extra credit towards your final grade by participating in events related to Chinese language and culture. For example, you can sign up for and participate in our Chinese New Year celebration/competition; you can also watch Chinese movies, videos, or TV programs and attend academic talks related to China and write up reports in Chinese. Each written entry of anything you watch or participation in events in the Chinese Program is worth 0.5%. You are allowed to submit/participate up to six times for a total of max. extra credit of 3%.
Honor System
The Honor System requires that students:
--Take responsibility for personal behavior. Students must take responsibility for learning material covered in class, obtaining notes from classmates following absences, being involved in class discussions as appropriate, and seeking additional help as required.
--Respect others. Students should support their classmates by helping others who experience problems in this course. You never understand something until you can explain it clearly to someone else.
--Nurture independent thought. Students must turn in work that represents only their effort and report students that violate the honor system
--Accept environmental responsibility. Students should show proper use of facilities, including instructional equipment and building furnishings.
--Academic honesty is a critical part of our value system at K. When you borrow an idea, express the idea in your own words, thus thinking it through and making it your own, and acknowledge the source of the idea in a note, or, in certain situations, use the exact words of the source in quotation marks and acknowledge with a note. Ideas raised in class are part of the public domain and, therefore, sources of the ideas need not be acknowledged. If you are ever in doubt about this, you must ask.
**Plagiarism will result in a score of zero points, further disciplinary action from the Dean’s Office, and possible course failure. No exceptions. Be sure you are presenting your own work. For language courses, note that presenting entire passages derived through Google Translate as your own work will be considered a form of plagiarism.

A+: 97% of final grade and above A: 93%-96.99% A-: 90%-92.99%
B+: 87%-89.99% B: 83%-86.99% B-: 80%-82.99%
C: 76%-79.99%. C-: 70%-75.99% D: 64%-69.99%
D-: 60%-63.99% F: < 60%

课程表 Weekly Schedule

第一周 Sept. 12
Sept. 12周一: 介绍 (jiè shào) 课 Introduction Lesson
Sept. 14 周三: 第一课 开学 词汇 (cí huì) Vocabulary Part 1
Sept. 16 周五: 开学 词汇 Part 2 + 课文 (kè wén) Text Part I

第二周 Sept 19
Sept 19 周一: 第一课 词汇 听写(tīng xiě) Diction + 课文 Part II
Sept. 21 周三:第一课 语法 (yǔ fǎ) Grammar
Sept. 23 周五:第一课 复习 (fù xí) Review

第三周 Sept. 26
Sept. 26 周一: 第一课 小考 Exam for Lesson 1
Sept. 28 周三 第二课 宿舍生活 词汇 1
Sept. 30 周五 宿舍生活 词汇 2 + 课文 1

第四周 Oct. 3
Oct. 3 周一: 宿舍生活 课文 2 + 语法 +听写
Oct. 5 周三 :宿舍生活 复习
Oct. 7 周五: 准备 宿舍生活 表演

第五周 Oct. 10
Oct. 10 周一: 宿舍生活 表演:宿舍里的风波(fēng bō): An incident in the dorm
Oct. 12 周三: 第三课 在饭馆儿 词汇1
Oct. 14 周五: 半期假日 (Midterm Break, no class)

第六周 Oct. 17
Oct. 17 周一:在饭馆儿 词汇 2 + 课文1
Oct. 19 周三:在饭馆儿 语法 + 复习
Oct. 21 周五 半期考试 (Midterm Exam) Midterm exam will cover all content we’ve studied so far this quarter.

第七周 Oct. 24
Oct. 24 周一:第四课 买东西 词汇1
Oct. 26 周三 买东西 词汇 2 + 课文1
Oct. 28 周五 买东西 语法 + 复习 +听写

第八周 Oct. 31
Oct. 31 周一: 第五课 选课 词汇 1

Nov. 2 周三:选课 词汇2 + 课文一

Nov. 4 周五:选课 语法 + 听写 + 准备文化报告

第九周 Nov. 7
Nov. 7 周一:选课 复习+ 准备文化报告
Nov. 9 周三: 选课 准备文化报告
Nov. 11 周五: 选课 文化报告

第十周 Nov. 14
Nov. 14 周一: 期末复习 End-of-quarter comprehensive review

Nov. 16 周三: 期末复习

Nov. 18 周五:期末复习

FINAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM: Sunday, 11/20, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (no make-up exams)