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).
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 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.