Chinese Language In Context: Novice Abroad Iii

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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: 

This course builds upon the skills introduced in Novice Abroad II as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication.

Description: 

This class is intended to be a course in Chinese language as part of IES Abroad Shanghai Program for students who have studied Chinese at least two semesters. The lessons of these about three months encompass many new sentence patterns, more than 500 new words, as well as activity objectives.

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).

STUDENT PROFILE:

This course is designed for students with a basic foundation of the language. Students who can already use a few basic words and phrases, and who can understand very simple requests and responses are appropriate for this level. Students entering this course are also able to read and interpret the basic meaning of simple sentences and phrases in class—at times relying on pinyin--and may recognize a limited range of characters in the community. Students who have studied the language in high school or in college but never continued to build their skills may find this level appropriate. The language assessment process will determine the appropriate level for each individual student.

This course builds upon the skills introduced in Novice Abroad II. By the end of the course, the successful student will have built a solid basic foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening and speaking to accomplish a variety of everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below and should be capable of entering the Novice Abroad IV.

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 some of 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:

I.    Intercultural Communication
a.     Students will be able to meet simple everyday needs using verbal and non-verbal communication, and they will be able to use compensatory strategies when they do not know the word or expression (paraphrasing, repetition, talking around the point, body language etc.).
b.    Students can recognize some appropriate and inappropriate expressions and behaviors in the host language.
c.    Students will be able to distinguish between many simple representations of formality and informality in the language.
d.    Students will identify some differences between cultural stereotypes and generalizations between the home culture and the host culture.
e.    Students will start to make informed comparisons between their host culture and the home culture.

II.    Listening
a. Students will be able to understand many simple statements, requests, descriptions, and questions in specific cultural context relevant to them (hosts’ interactions, Center interactions, studying, shopping, transportation, meals), and within a familiar environment at times.
b. 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.
   
III.    Speaking
a.     Students will be able to use simple phrases appropriately in everyday situations with increasing accuracy (home, the IES Abroad Center, and the wider community).
b.    Students will be able to express simple needs by asking questions, and get what they need in uncomplicated, everyday situations.

IV.    Reading
a.    Students will be able to identify and understand words and simple sentences relevant to their studies and with a broader understanding of the writing system covered explicitly in class.

V.    Writing
a.   Students will be able to write short texts about concrete topics, such as themselves, their families, their friends, their likes, dislikes, plans, experiences and their daily routines.写短文
b.    Students will be able to send simple emails and text messages.  发短信
c.    Students will be able to write with increased accuracy, although using some native language structures.
 

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:

  • Order food
  • Learn how to order food by phone

2.Grammatical:

  • How to ask for service in restaurant, like ”要…”,”来…”etc
  • Ask about experience in the past
  • Ask about opinions or comments:”…怎么样?”

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about food and drinks

4.Culture:

  • Learn about Chinese food culture
  • Essay about

 the experience of eating in Chinese restaurant

  • Talk about

the favorite taste

Ⅰ. a, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a

 

Week 2

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to ask for price and bargain
  • How to describe one’s dress
  • Learn how to ask for or give advice on dressing

2.Grammatical:

  • Ways of paying
  • Comment on articles
  • Ask for the location of an object

3.Vocabulary:

  • Know basic words of colors
  • Words about clothes

4.Culture:

  • Chinese shopping habits
  • Essay about

 the three weeks in Shanghai

  • Do a survey

with your Chinese friends about how they bargain, where they can bargain

 

 

Ⅰ. a, b, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a, c

 

Week 3

1.Functional:

  • Learn common expressions used at the bank
  • How to ask for directions
  • Learn to ask how to get to a place

2.Grammatical:

  • Deposit and withdraw money
  • Ask where a place is, how far and how many stops

3.Vocabulary:

  • Know basic words of transportation
  • Words about directions

4.Culture:

  • Chinese transportation habits
  • Design the

questions about the survey

 

  • Survey and

report about Chinese opinion about dressing and transportation

 

Ⅰ. a, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

 

 

Week 4

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to book train and flight ticket
  • How to ask about the weather and describe weather

2.Grammatical:

  • Ask about temperature
  • A and B have a lot in common, A跟B差不多

3.Vocabulary:

  • Know basic words of booking ticket
  • Words about weather

4.Culture:

  • Different weather in China
  • Essay about

 the weather in your hometown

  • Go to Luxun

park to watch lantern festival and report it

 

Ⅰ. a, b, c ,d

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a

 

Week 5

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to ask about and describe the size and layout of a room
  • How to book a hotel
  • Learn to enquire about and comment on the service of a hotel

2.Grammatical:

  • Ask about a distance, …离…多远
  • Concession structure, A 是A,但是…
  • Ask about size
  • 把 sentence

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about furniture in a room

4.Culture:

  • Chinese cooking
  • Learn to cook

Chinese food

  •   Learn

different ways of cooking and cutting,like steam, different fry

 

Ⅰ. a, d

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a, c

 

Week 6

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to ask about the surrounding environment and conditions of a rented house

2.Grammatical:

  • Ask about other’s willingness, 能…吗?
  • 把structure,把+object +v.+adj.

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about renting an apartment  
  • Review from

L10 to L27, prepare for the mid-term exam

Ⅰ. a, c, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a, b

 

Week 7

1.Functional:

  • Learn expressions related to room cleaning
  • Learn to ask the major
  • Learn how to describe course selecting

2.Grammatical:

  • Ask reasons
  • Comparison structure, A比B+adj.+多了/一点儿

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about choosing university and major

4.Culture:

  • University life and study in China
  • Essay about

 school life

  • Learn a

Chinese song

 

Ⅰ. a, d

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a, b

 

Week 8

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to describe what one is doing
  • Learn a way of negating

2.Grammatical:

  • Describe doing two things at the same time
  • Negating, 一…也…不+v.

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about music

4.Culture:

  • Chinese chess and Chinese song
  • Talk about

what type of music you like with your class

Ⅰ. a, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a

 

Week 9

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to ask about the frequency of doing something
  • Learn how to ask about something in progress
  • How to express regret

2.Grammatical:

  • V. +time +object.
  • The purpose or aim of doing something,为了…
  • Describe the two aspect of doing something,一方面…一方面…
  • Never, 从来不/没…

3.Vocabulary:

  • Know basic words of competition
  • Words about sports and doing exercises

4.Culture:

  • Chinese movie, you are the apple of my eye
  • Reading

comprehension material

  • Discuss the

habit of doing exercises

Ⅰ. a, b, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a

 

Week 10

1.Functional:

  • How to describe the state of illness and how one feels
  • Understand doctor’s enquiry on your state of illness
  • How to describe your impression and your feelings

2.Grammatical:

  • Which ward to register for at hospital, 挂…科
  • Do something for other, 替sb. Do someting
  • Describe your impression of a place, …给…留下…印象
  • Even, 连…都…

3.Vocabulary:

  • Know basic words of illness and seeing a doctor

4.Culture:

  • Chinese paper cutting
  • Talk about a

deep impression place or experience

 

  • How to see

the doctor in the USA

Ⅰ. a, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a, b

 

Week 11

1.Functional:

  • Learn how to wish or congratulate others
  • Learn the basic sentence structure to express gratitude and ask for contact details

2.Grammatical:

  • Give congratulations to others,祝贺你…
  • Ask for contact details

3.Vocabulary:

  • Words about congratulations

4.Culture:

  • Go to the park to watch Chrysanthemum Show and talk to the old people
  • Go to

Gongqing park to watch Chrysanthemum Show and report it

 

Ⅰ. a, b, c, d

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a

 

Week 12

1.Functional:

  • Watch some videos and pictures to make basic conversion

2.Grammatical:

  • All the grammar we have learned

3.Vocabulary:

  • All the words we have learned

4.Culture:

  • Go to the market, bargain with the shop owner
  • Go to market
  • Go to the

China art museum and learn the traditional Chinese ink painting

 

Ⅰ. a, d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

 

Week 13

 

1.Functional:

  • Review

2.Grammatical:

  • Review

3.Vocabulary:

  • Review all the words

4.Culture:

  • Prepare the video
  • To sum up the life situation in shanghai, advantage and disadvantage aspects
  • Finish the

video

  • Make a

conclusion of the more than three months life

 

 

Ⅰ. a, b, c ,d, e

Ⅱ. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. a

Ⅴ. a, b

 

 

Required readings: 

Application: Intermediate Chinese——Reading and Writing and its workbook (实践汉语——中级读写及练习册)