College Chinese Courses

Chinese Courses Offered at College Level

All Chinese language courses are for-credit classes for Xavier students, offered through the Department of Languages, College of Arts and Sciences.  Each semester, different courses are offered from the following list of classes.  Please click the Upcoming Courses section link by the University (https://webban.xula.edu:4443/pls/xavier/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched) for the actual.

Chinese language courses that are offered in any semester.

Chinese Minor:

Students can both register students for their college credits accumulation toward their graduation, and also declare a Chinese Minor by enrolling a total of 18 Chinese language credits that are offered by Xavier.

About the Chinese Minor: The Chinese minor is designed for students who will enhance their career preparation in other fields with a solid foundation in the Chinese language and culture.  Through the Chinese Minor program, students will achieve and demonstrate competency in standard Mandarin Chinese as well as broad knowledge of the culture and history of China.

The Chinese Minor fits those students who have already had some foundation of Chinese language skills.  The Minor also encourages students who had zero foundation before, as taking the 18-21 credits will bring quite a solid foundation for the students for future language training in Chinese.  It is expected that a student who gets the Chinese Minor will be able to pass the international standard HSK Chinese language test.

Placement credits: Remember that out of these 18 credits, if you have taken Chinese courses before, you can automatically accumulate 3 credits – called placement credits, after 1), You take and pass a test to determine the level of proficiency in equivalence to a certain level class offered at Xavier.  This test is administered by a Chinese language faculty at the beginning of the semester.  If the faculty deems your proficiency sufficient to skip the class, then you will be placed into a higher-level course.  And 2), passing the next level class with at least a B final grade.

Student who are able to pass the mock HSK level 1 test can understand and use simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.  These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.  The full score of HSK level 1 is 200, a student will be exempted from CHIN1010 if s/he gets more than 150.

Student who are able to pass the mock HSK Level 2 test have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. These students have mastered 300 commonly used words and related grammar patterns. The full score of HSK level 2 is 200; a student will be exempted from CHIN1010 / 1020 if s/he gets between 120-180, and exempt from CHIN1010 / 1020 / 2010 if above 180.

Student who are able to pass the mock HSK Level 3 test can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional life.  They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.  These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.  The full score of HSK level 3 is 300, and a student will be exempted from CHIN1010 / 1020 / 2010 / 2020 if s/he gets between 180-270, and exempted from CHIN1010 / 1020 / 2010 / 2020 / 3010 if above 270.

Current Xavier Chinese Language Courses: 9 total. Not all are offered in any given semester.

CHIN1010 – Elementary Mandarin

CHIN1010 is the first of two courses that are designed to introduce students to modern Mandarin Chinese.  It aims to help the learners with their communicative ability in Chinese through learning language structures, functions, and related cultural background knowledge as well as through structured listening, speaking, reading and writing skill training. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to conduct basic daily conversation, read and write about 150 Chinese characters/phrases, understand Chinese grammar and phonetic system (pinyin), and gain an understanding and appreciation of major Chinese cultural traditions, festivals, and lifestyle. (3)

CHIN1020 – Elementary Chinese

CHIN 1020 is the second of the two courses that are designed to introduce students to modern Mandarin Chinese.  It also aims to consolidate students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through enhanced understanding and application of the grammar, vocabulary, structures, and functions of the Chinese language.  Students who have successfully completed CHIN 1020 will be able to recognize and write about 240 Chinese characters/phrases, further develop fundamental language skills, apply their Chinese skills in a communicative context, and increase their understanding of the Chinese culture and society. Prerequisite:  CHIN 1010  (3)

CHIN1090 – Conversation and Culture

This is an optional course toward the Chinese Minor. By taking the class, students will further develop their language skills in Chinese based on the beginner courses (CHIN 1010 or CHIN 1020). This course focuses on developing listening and spoken skills of the course participants. Students will mainly examine their Chinese pronunciation and tones, learn new grammar patterns and practice the newly acquired grammar and vocabulary. Organized in-class activities include daily dictation, bi-weekly tests, and completing oral exercises such as retelling stories, discussing texts, making up dialogues, giving presentations, and performing skits. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 1020  (3)

CHIN2010 – Intermediate Chinese

The course is designed to further develop the language skills in Chinese based on the beginner’s courses (CHIN 1010 and CHIN 1020). The course consists of one semester with a continued focus on developing listening, spoken and reading skills of the course participants. Students will use varied methods in class to practice vocabulary and sentence patterns, as well as to learn conversation skills. These methods include paired dialogues, role play, group discussion, debate, acting out situations, and practice in both oral and written translation. Prerequisites: One year of Chinese language learning experience, or completion of CHIN 1010 and CHIN 1020. (3) 

CHIN2020 – Intermediate Chinese

The course builds on the language skills through the intermediate course (CHIN 2010). The course consists of one semester with a continued focus on developing listening, spoken, grammar and reading skills of the course participants. By the end of the course, participants should be able to communicate freely in daily life situations, to describe some events and to express their own ideas and views while engaged in discussion in a limited range of topics. They will be introduced to a further 440 characters and about 750 words. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 2010  (3)

CHIN3010 – Special Topics in Chinese

This course aims to help the learners with their communicative ability in Chinese and intensive understanding of Chinese through learning language structures, functions, and related cultural background knowledge as well as through structured listening, speaking, reading and writing skill training. These methods include cultural exposure, learning output presentation, intensive writing, and performances. This course is ideal for students who have completed CHIN 2020 or have studied Chinese for at least two years. (3)

CHIN3011 – Readings in Chinese Literature

This course is ideal for students who have completed CHIN 3010 or have studied Chinese for at least three years. It aims to further enhance the learners’ Chinese language skills and comprehension through readings such as poems and idioms in different periods of the Chinese history. Through studying the different style of literature, students will learn more about the language as well as the historical background. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 3010 (3)

CHIN3012 – Advanced Chinese

This course is designed for students who have completed CHIN 3011 or have studied Chinese for at least three and a half years.  It aims to further develop the language skills in Chinese through a continued focus on developing listening, speaking, and reading skills of course participants. By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate freely on daily bases, to describe some events and express their own ideas and opinions in discussing a limited range of topics, as well as utilize complex social, historical, and cultural topics in a Chinese setting. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 3011. (3)

CHIN3016 – Advanced Chinese II

The course is ideal for students who have completed CHIN 3012 or have studied Chinese for at least four years.  The course will focus on developing listening, speaking, and reading skills of the course takers.  By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate freely on a daily basis, to describe some events and to express their own ideas and opinions in discussing a limited range of topics. Prerequisite(s): CHIN 3012. (3)


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