Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I

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

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

Additional student cost: 

None

Description: 

This class is intended to be a course in Chinese language as part of the IES Abroad Shanghai Program for students who have studied Chinese at least five semesters. The lessons of these two months encompass many new sentence patterns, more than 400 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 shown 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:

Students entering this level must be able to fulfill the learning outcomes of the Novice Abroad level, as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. Specifically, they should already be able to express themselves on a variety of concrete, everyday topics and meet their basic needs in the language. Depending on their academic background, their mastery of the four basic skills—reading, writing, speaking and listening—may be uneven.  Although students may have been exposed previously to certain competencies taught at this level, they need additional practice and instruction to move toward mastery of these competencies. 

As students gain more self-awareness and self-confidence, they will attempt more in the community. Paradoxically, this means they may also experience more miscommunications and frustration. Reading and writing require effort, and many students will need to make a special effort in this regard. Students will also develop cultural awareness and skills to work through the challenges of adaptation in the local culture and learn to celebrate their successes.  They will begin to appreciate the value of these language and intercultural skills. 

This course builds upon skills introduced in Novice Abroad.  By the end of the course, the successful student will have begun to develop some communicative and cultural self-confidence necessary to attempt moderately complex tasks in the language, as described in the learning outcomes below.

Attendance policy: 

Every day you start with 100 points (including field trips 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 third absence onward, every absence will result in degrading the final course grade by one-third, e.g. from B- to C+.
Learning outcomes: 

Students who are placed in this level should be capable of achieving the outcomes in the Novice Abroad level as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication.

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

Intercultural Communication

  1. Students will be able to solve many daily troublesome situations and meet needs with limited help.
  2. Increasingly, students will be able to make informed comparisons between the host culture and the students’ home cultures.  
  3. Students will be able to distinguish and begin to imitate verbal and non-verbal communication that reflects politeness, formality, or informality.  
  4. Students will be able to recognize some patterns of intonation, their meaning, and cultural implications.  

Listening

  1. Students will be able to understand some interactions of increasing complexity (media, speeches, music, conversations, etc.), especially if the speaker is used to interacting with non-native speakers.
  2. Students will be able to understand many direct requests, questions, and basic conversations on familiar and concrete topics.
  3. Students will be able to recognize some regional differences in speech on a basic level.

Speaking

  1. Students will be able to talk about persons and things in their immediate environment, as well as their plans and their experiences, and they can provide a limited amount of supporting details.
  2. Students will be able to address and attempt to resolve moderately complicated situations involving familiar subjects.
  3. Students will be able to produce tones and pronunciation patterns with increased accuracy.

Reading

  1. Students will be able to read passages and short texts (notes, detailed instructions, etc.) on familiar topics covered in class and understand their general meaning.
  2. Students will be able to support their understanding of texts through the use of context, visual aids, dictionaries, or with the assistance of others in order to facilitate comprehension.

Writing

  1. Students will be able to communicate with some effectiveness through notes, emails, and simple online discussions and chats.
  2. Students will be able to write short essays on concrete topics of limited levels of complexity with some reliance on the communicative patterns of their native language.
Method of presentation: 

Written and oral assignments.

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Mid-term exam - 10%
  • Final exam - 10%
  • Quizzes - 15%
  • Homework - 20%
  • Attendance - 15%
  • Participation - 15%
  • Dictation - 15%

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.

Attendance:
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 third absence onward, every absence will result in degrading the final course grade by one-third,e.g. from B- to C+.

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.

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

  • Functional:

    • Talk about the relationships with people
    • Pleasant vs. unpleasant experiences
    • Personality and characters
  • Grammatical:
    • Get along with/make quarrel with
    • Adverb “However”
    • Whatever…willing to do…
  • Vocabulary:
    • Emotions
    • Personality
  • Culture:
    • Different relationships between Chinese
  • Role-play
  • Flash card
  • Matching activities
  • Listen to the recording
  • Readings
  • Preview and prepare for the dictation

I. a, d

II. a

Ⅲ.a

Ⅳ.a

Week 2

  • Functional:

    • Occupation
  • Grammatical:
    • More and more...
    • According to...
    • Even though..
    • Be skillful at...
  • Vocabulary:
    • Words about occupation
    • Words about popularity
  • Culture:
    • How do Chinese young people think about their career

 

 

  • Mix with Chinese university students
  • Make a survey
  • Readings
  • Essay

 

 

I. a

II. a

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a, b

Ⅴ.a

Week 3

  • Functional:

    • Physical and Mental health
    • Deal with pressure
  • Grammatical:
    • Would rather…not
    • More or less
    • Be helpful…
    • As…
  • Culture:
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

 

  • Field trip to TCM clinic
  • Role play
  • Readings

I. a, b, d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a,b

 

Week 4

  • Functional:

    • How to plan travel
    • The way to travel
  • Grammatical:
    • Use method...
    • Give one wonderful memory
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Lasting statement
  • Vocabulary:
    • Plan, arrangement,
    • Customs and habits
  • Culture:
    • Introduction of famous site seeing
  • Words-writing competition
  • Role-play
  • Presentation about travel experience
  • Travel journal

I. a, b, c

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.b

 

Week 5

  • Functional:

    • Online Shopping
    • Compare China and US
  • Grammatical:
    • Only if...
    • Passive tense
    • Even...not alone
    • necessity
  • Vocabulary:
    • online shopping
    • delivery
    • after sale
  • Culture:
    • Online shopping festival
    • Boom of online shopping
  • Do a real online shopping
  • Interview Chinese to know their shopping habit
  • Readings
  • Essay

 

 

I. a, b, c

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.b

 

Week 6

Review

Mid-term Exam

Study guide

Language activities

 

Week 7

  • Functional:

    • Concept of Consumption
    • Compare Chinese and American concept
  • Grammatical:
    • Until..
    • …indicate…
    • Consider…
    • The more…the more…
  • Vocabulary:
    • Consumption and purchase
    • Compare
    • Concept
  • Culture:
    • Explore the reason of Chinese concept
  • Class discussion
  • Interview language partner
  • Readings
  • Essay

 

 

 

 

I. a, c,d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a

Ⅴ.a

 

Week 8

  • Functional:

    • Chinese Kungfu
    • Kung fu movement, action
    • Fascination
  • Grammatical:
    • Among...the most..
    • Never..again
    • Through...
    • ...will happen
  • Vocabulary:
    • Movement and action
    • Wish, fascination
    •  Imitation, practice
  • Culture:
    • Chinese Kungfu movie
    • The spirit of “Xia”(Hero, warrior)
  • Watch kungfu movie
  • Learn some basic movement
  • Reading and essay

I. a, c

II. a, b

Ⅳ.a

 

Week 9

  • Functional:

    • Chinese characters
    • Evolvement of Chinese characters
  • Grammatical:
    • Turn to be…
    • Take…as
    • Compound complement 起来,下去
  • Vocabulary:
    • Chinese character strokes
    • Forms, symbol
    • Influence
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Language activity
  • Essay

I. a, b,d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a, b

Ⅴ.a

 

Week 10

  • Functional:

    • The only child
    • Education
  • Grammatical:
    • With….
    • In someone’s opinion
    • Meanwhile
  • Vocabulary:
    • Education
    • Generation
    • Reason, opinion, model
  • Culture:
    • Chinese education system
  • Class discussion
  • Education in China and American
  • Readings

 

 

I. a, b, d

II. a, b

Ⅲ.a, b

Ⅳ.a, b

Ⅴ.a

 

 

Week 11

  • Functional:

    • Love and Marriage
  • Grammatical:
    • Conditional and descriptive
  • Vocabulary:
    • Love and marriage, social customs

 

 

  • Review for the bi-weekly quiz
  • Dictation and homework almost everyday

 

I. a,

II. a, b

Ⅲ. a, b

Ⅳ. 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)