Chinese Language In Context: Novice Abroad I

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Chinese Language
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
6
Language of instruction: 
Chinese
Contact Hours: 
150 hours
Prerequisites: 

None

Description: 

This class is intended to be a course in Chinese language as part of IES Abroad Shanghai Program for non-Chinese speaking students who have not taken any Chinese classes before. The lessons encompass contents such as greeting, contacting, eating, clothing, living, as well as about 600 new words and many fundamentals of Chinese grammar. It places emphasis on improving the ability of the learner to use Chinese for communication. Class activities include making dialogs, playing language games, performing skits, outdoor activities, etc. Through these exercises, students will master basic conversational sentences, and on that basis, they will acquire the ability to carry on simple conversations with native Chinese speakers.

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 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).

This course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the language.

By the end of the course, the successful student will develop a basic foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening and speaking to accomplish a variety of basic everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below.

Attendance policy: 

Every day you start with 100 points (including fieldtrips and Chinese class activities).

•Late within 10 minutes, no deduction from your score.

•Late between 10 and 30 minutes, 30 points will be deducted.

•Late over 30 minutes, 50 points will be deducted.

•The same rule applies to leaving class early.

•Unexcused absences will result in 0 points, and from the fourth absence onward, every absence will result in degrading the final course grade by one-third, e.g. from B- to C+.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to achieve the outcomes for the Novice Abroad level as defined by the MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. The key learning outcomes from the MAP are summarized below:

  1. Intercultural Communication
  1. Students will be able to meet basic everyday needs using verbal communication, they will be able to use compensatory strategies when they do not know the word or expression (repetition, body language, etc.), and they will be able to identify some basic non-verbal communication strategies.
  2. Students can recognize basic appropriate and inappropriate expressions and behaviors in the host language.
  3. Students will be able to distinguish between basic representations of formality and informality in the language.
  4. Students will understand that there may be differences between cultural stereotypes and generalizations between the home culture and host culture.
     
  1. Listening
  1. Students will be able to understand basic statements, requests, descriptions, and questions in specific cultural context relevant to them (hosts’ interactions, Center interactions, studying, shopping, transportation, meals) and given to them in a controlled environment.
  2. Students will be able to use context to understand the gist of some basic spoken language they overhear, including some standard television programs, simple exchanges between others, and basic announcements.
     
  1. Speaking
  1. Students will be able to use some basic phrases appropriately in some everyday situations (home, the IES Abroad Center, and the local community).
  2. Students will be able to express some basic needs by asking questions, and get what they need in uncomplicated, everyday situations.
     
  1. Reading
  1. Students will be able to identify and understand basic sentences, as long as they are written in pinyin.
  2. Students will be able to understand a defined set of characters, as long as they are covered in class, and at times deduce others that follow similar patterns.
     
  1. Writing
  1. With limited accuracy, students will be able to write short sentences and short paragraphs about basic and concrete topics they have studied, such as themselves, their families, their friends, their likes and dislikes, and their daily routines.
  2. Students will be able to send short and basic emails and text messages.
Method of presentation: 

Audio-lingual method and communicative approach

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Mid-term exam (10%)
  • Final exam (10%)
  • Bi-weekly quizzes (15%)
  • Homework (20%)
  • Attendance (15%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Dictation (15%)

     

  • Participation

Every day you start with 100 points (including fieldtrips and other Chinese class activities)

•If you actively participate in the classes and the class-related activities or field trip, you will receive 100 points.

•If you do not participate actively, certain points will be deducted accordingly.

  • Dictation

A Dictation is worth 100 points

•If you are late or absent, you will probably miss it, and therefore lose the 100 points.

•For an absence(with a doctor’s note or center director’s written approval), you can make up the previous dictation with your instructor or the language coordinator on the same day. However, you will receive, at most, 70 points for a make-up dictation.   

•After the third unexcused absence, that day’s dictation will be 0 points.

  • Homework

Every homework is worth 100 points.

•If you do it carefully and hand it in on time, you will receive 100 points.

•If you finish it rashly with a careless attitude, certain points will be deducted accordingly.

•If you forget to do the homework or hand it in, you are required to hand it in the next day, and you will receive at most 70 points.

•If you forget to do the homework or hand it in more than two days late, you will get 0 points.

  • Grading System 

Letter

GPA

Percent

A

4.0

95-100

A-

3.7

90.5-94.5

B+

3.3

87.5-90

B

3.0

84.5-87

B-

2.7

81.5-84

C+

2.3

78.5-81

C

2.0

75.5-78

C-

1.7

70-75

D

1.3

60-69

F

0

 

 

 

content: 

Week

Content

Assignments

Corresponding Learning Outcome(s)

Week 1

1.Functional:

  • How to greet people
  • How to introduce oneself
  • How to address family members
  • How to read numbers
  • How to ask about one’s family, age, and looks

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Phonetic rules, finals and initials,tones,neutral tone,Change of tones of “一” and “不”,retroflexion with-r
  • Questions with “吗(ma)”
  • Chinese basic sentence structure
  • Negative sentence

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Pronouns
  • Words about countries
  • Words about family members
  • Words about identity

 

4.Culture:

  • Culture meaning of some Chinese greetings
  • Different way to address family members between Chinese and American

 

  • Role-play

 

  • Flash card

matching activities

 

  • Sing simple

Chinese children’s song

 

  • Tone-twister

 

  • Listen to the

recording the teacher gave

 

  • Homework
  • Preview and

prepare for the dictation

I. a, d

II. a

Ⅲ.a

Ⅳ.a

Week 2

1.Functional:

  • Talk about the hobbies, interests
  • Talk about the place and participants of some activity

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Alternative question with “哪(na)+ measure words”
  • Comparing sentences with “更(geng)”and “最(zui) ”
  • Turning sentence with “但是(danshi)”
  • Express one’s skills with “会(hui)+v.”
  • The position of the time and place in a Chinese sentence

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about hobbies
  • Words about the time
  • Some useful prepositions and adverbs

 

4.Culture:

  • How to apply to the university club in Shanghai
  • Different time schedule between American university students and Chinese students
  • Chinese game:

Radish squatting

 

  • Chinese game:

Twister

 

  • Role-play

 

  • Make a schedule

of one day in Chinese

 

  • Seminar on

Chinese characters

 

  • Preview and

prepare the dictation every day

 

  • Homework every

day

 

  • Review for the bi

weekly quiz and prepare the oral test

 

I. a

II. a

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a, b

Ⅴ.a

Week 3

1.Functional:

  • Talk about time and time for something
  • Talk about the date and the date for something

 

2.Grammatical:

  • The position of time in a Chinese sentence
  • Express something is done with “了(le)”
  • Alternative sentence with “还是(haishi)”
  • Make a suggestion with “吧(ba)”

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about the date
  • Words about 3 meals and food
  • Words about the flavors
  • Words about tableware
  • Words about ordering in restaurant

 

4.Culture:

  • The 8 cuisines in China
  • Different eating habits between China and America
  • Chinese game:

Radish squatting

 

  • Have lunch in

restaurant to practice how to order and ask for service

 

  • Role-play and

teamwork

 

  • Preview and

prepare the dictation every day

 

  • Homework every

day

I. a, b, d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a, b

 

Week 4

1.Functional:

  • Talk about three meals of the day and food
  • How to order food, drinks
  • How to ask for service and pay one’s bill in restaurant
  • How to ask and tell about one’s experience as well as comments
  • How to ask the reason

 

2.Grammatical:

  •  Structures to make requests
  • The experience sentence with “过(guo)”
  • Number+ measure words+ Noun structure
  • Use “为什么(weishenme, why)” to ask reason

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words of the typical Chinese and Western food
  • Words about different  address unit
  • Some measure words

 

4.Culture:

  • The order of the Chinese address is different from that in America

 

  • Words-writing

competition

 

  • Radical matching

of Chinese characters

 

  • Role-play and

teamwork

 

  • Preview and

prepare the dictation every day

 

  • Homework every

day

 

  • Review for the bi

weekly quiz and prepare the oral test

 

  • Go to see Chinese

Lantern Festival

 

I. a, b, c

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.b

 

Week 5

1.Functional:

  • How to ask someone’s Chinese Zodiac
  • How to order food by phone
  • How to give one’s address in Chinese
  • How to ask about the period of time

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Question sentence to ask the Chinese Zodiac
  • Question sentence to ask the period of time

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • 12 kind of animals
  • More words about food

 

4.Culture:

  • Chinese Zodiac folk
  • Give the

presentation about their travelling during the National holiday

 

  • Call the restaurant

to order some food

 

  • Dictation every day

 

  • Homework

every day

 

 

 

Week 6

1.Functional:

  • Talk about different kinds of clothes
  • Talk about the different size of the clothes

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Question sentence to ask the size of the clothes and shoes

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Nouns about the clothes and shoes
  • Verbs about the clothes and accessories
  • Measure words for the clothes and shoes

 

4.Culture:

  • Different wearing habit between Chinese and western people
  • Introduce your

clothes in classroom

 

  • Review words and

characters for mid-term exam by using game like bingo, characters-writing completion

 

  • Review grammar

for mid-term exam by using games like lottery.

 

  • Dictation everyday

 

  • Homework

every day

 

I. a

II. a

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a

Ⅴ.a

 

Week 7

1.Functional:

  • How to comment on articles
  • How to ask price and bargain
  • How to request and consent
  • How to ask ways of paying
  • How to ask for or give advice on dressing
  • How to describe new conditions and changes
  • How to ask for and express causes of new condition
  • Ask for opinions on dealing with an object

2.Grammatical:

  • The reduplication form of verbs to express a short and quick action or an attempt
  • Use “可不可以(kebukeyi)” to ask for permission
  • Use “不如(buru)” to express the comparison
  • Some structures to make suggestions
  • Use “如果(ruguo)” to express hypothetical relation
  • The second grammatical meaning of “了(le)”,which means something is changed
  • The structure with”因为(yinwei)” to express causal relation

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Some adjectives about the fitness of the clothes
  • More kinds of clothes
  • Different colors
  • Words about washing clothes

 

4.Culture:

  • Chinese consumption custom
  • Clothing habits on different occasions
  • Fashion show in

Classroom

 

  • Sing a Chinese

song called “friends”

 

  • Dictation every day

 

  • Homework

Every day

 

 

 

 

 

 

I. a, c,d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a

Ⅴ.a

 

Week 8

1.Functional:

  • Exchange money
  • Deposit and withdraw money
  • Apply for a bank card
  • Ask for directions
  • Describe a location

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Grammar to express the exchange rate
  • Questions to ask how to get to a place

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Different foreign currency
  • Different words to open a new account
  • Words about directions

 

4.Culture:

  • Chinese KTV
  • Fill in an

application form

 

  • Play games: stand

army postures

 

  • Play games: a

blind person finds direction

 

  • Sing songs in KTV

 

  • Dictation every day

 

  • Homework

every day

 

  • Review for bi-

weekly quiz

 

I. a, c

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a

 

Week 9

1.Functional:

  • Ask which bus to take
  • Ask how long it takes to get to a place by bus
  • Ask how many stops left until your destination
  • Tell the driver your destination

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Use “把(ba)” to express deal with something
  • Question to ask how to take public transportation
  • Use”…的话(dehua)” to express hypothetical relation

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about different vehicles
  • Measure words about bus and subway
  • More words about direction

 

4.Culture:

  • Chinese traditional medicine
  • Public communication in Shanghai
  • Go to experience

Chinese traditional medicine

 

  • Go outside to ask

for directions

 

  • Go to find the

things on the shopping list the teacher gives in supermarket

 

  • Dictation every day

 

  • Homework

Every day

 

I. a, b, d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a, b

Ⅴ.a

 

Week 10

1.Functional:

  • How to say something about our body
  • How to describe someone’s appearance
  • How to book and choose the right type of train and flight ticket
  • How to ask about and describe weather

 

2.Grammatical:

  • The reduplication of  one-character adjective plus “的(de)” structure to describe one’s appearance
  • Use “不用(buyong)+V.” to express that someone doesn’t need to do something
  • The measure words for different degrees of temperature and wind

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about different parts of our body
  • Words about the feeling of our body
  • Words about train and flight
  • Words about the weather

 

4.Culture:

  • Different train in China
  • The Chinese “New Year Rush”
  • The ways of Chinese local people greeting
  • Touch different

part of the body according to the teacher’s command

 

  • Play “Simon says”

 

  • Role-play to

practice how to book train and flight ticket

 

  • Watch a short

movie and tell the teacher what kind of transportation the actors use and what kind of ticket they buy

 

  •  Listen to a short

weather forecast audio and tell the teacher what the weather is in some areas

 

  • Dictation almost

every day and homework every day

I. a, b, d

II. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a, b

Ⅴ.a

 

 

Week 11

1.Functional:

  • Describe weather in different seasons
  • How to cook Chinese food

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Structure to express “A is similar to B”
  • Structure to express an appropriate state

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about the seasons
  • Words about Chinese cooking method

 

4.Culture:

  • Cook Chinese food

 

  • Use the learned

words and structures to describe four seasons in your hometown and the teacher records it

 

  • Cook Chinese food

 

  • Review for the bi

weekly quiz

 

  • Dictation and

homework almost every day

 

  • Bi-weekly quiz

I. a,

II. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a, b

 

Week 12

1.Functional:

  • Make contact by phone
  • Greeting and farewell between the host and guest
  • Ask about where someone lives and a distance

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Structure “快(kuai)…了(le)” to express something will soon happen
  • Use “吧(ba)” to express a guess
  • Questions ask about the distance
  • Structure to express concession
  • “Verb+ adjective” structure to express the result of an action
  • The usage of two different verbs are put together

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about the communication method
  • Words to show hospitality

 

4.Culture:

  • What do the foreigners need to pay attention to when they visit a Chinese family

 

  • Use Chinese QQ to

chat with each other and answer the teacher’s questions in Chinese

 

  • Dictation and

homework every day

 

  • Writing characters

competition

I. a, c

II. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a, b

Ⅴ.b

 

Week 13

 

1.Functional:

  • Ask about a general description

of a room

  • Ask about the size and layout
  • Ask about the number of people living in the room

 

2.Grammatical:

  • Structure “挺(ting)…的(de)” to express a fairly high degree of certain state
  • Use “看起来(kanqilai)” to draw a conclusion through brief observation
  • Question ask about the size of a space
  • Structure “除了(chule)…以外(yiwai)” to express “besides”

 

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about the layout of a room

 

4.Culture:

  • Chinese housing condition

 

  • Students need to

show and describe  their dormitories

 

  • Review for the

final exam

 

  • Dictation and

homework

 

  • Finish the Chinese

final project

I. a,

II. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a, b

Ⅴ. a, b

 

Required readings: 

Approach: Introductory Chinese——Listening and speaking and its workbook (走进汉语——初级听说及练习册)