CN 102I - Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad II
This class is a course in Chinese language for non-Chinese speakers participating in the Language Intensive Program. It is designed for those students who have studied Chinese for one semester or less. The course will begin with intensive pronunciation training and an introduction to basic Chinese characters. Subsequent lessons will then focus on communicative functions such as “Making an appointment” and “Planning a trip.” Students will learn about 500 new words as well as the ability to correctly utilize several fundamental patterns of Chinese grammar. The class is designed to create a real linguistic environment which will enable the students to rapidly improve their oral communication skills. Classroom activities will include composing dialogues, giving class presentations, performing skits, and retelling stories and personal experiences. Through these classroom sessions, students will practice basic sentence structures; learn the basics of daily conversation; and acquire the ability to carry on simple conversations with native speakers of Chinese.
Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad can learn to do things with words, such as requesting, apologizing, or offering compliments, and they may also learn to interpret situations calling such speech acts in ways that local people do…In short, and logically, study abroad has been show to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6)