University of West Florida

Florida-China Linkage Institute


CHI 1100 Chinese Language 1

CHI 1100 Chinese Language I

Term: Offered in Spring

With China playing an increasingly more important role in world affairs and economy, proficiency in the Chinese language is in higher demand. In order to meet this demand a course in the Chinese language and culture is highly necessary.

 Course Description:
"Chinese Language I" is a semester-long course designed for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese; it introduces students to the official Chinese language--Mandarin. The course aims to help students obtain an adequate mastery of basic language skills in both spoken and written Chinese and lay a good foundation for further study of this language.

Credit Hours:  3.0

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course students are expected to

  1. Master a set of essential sentence patterns;
  2. Have a vocabulary of more than 300 Chinese characters;
  3. Be able to talk with native Chinese speakers in daily-life settings;
  4. Be able to write on simple topics; and
  5. Have a better awareness of Chinese culture and society.

In this course, through a variety of in-class activities such as sentence pattern practice, vocabulary-in-context, listening and reading comprehension, dialogue and role-play in groups and/or in pairs, students will learn to apply to various real-life scenarios their newly-learned vocabulary, language points, and sentence patterns.  Specifically, students will learn how to use Chinese in speech and writing on common topics such as the following:

  1. Greetings;
  2. Family;
  3. Dates and Time;
  4. Hobbies;
  5. Visiting Friends;
  6. Making Appointments;
  7. School Life;
  8. Talking about Weather;
  9. Shopping and Travel.

Yao, Tao-chung et al.  Integrated Chinese: Textbook, Level 1, Part 1, 2nd ed.  Boston:
   Cheng & Tsui, 2005.

---.  Integrated Chinese: Workbook,  2nd ed.  Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2005.

---.  Integrated Chinese: Character Workbook, 2nd ed.  Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2005.

Requirements and Evaluation:
The course requirements and final grade will be made up of the following components:

  1. 2 tests = 200 points;
  2. 10 quizzes = 200 points;
  3. Homework =100 points; and
  4. Final Exam =100 points.

Grading Scale:
A: 92 to 100%; A-: 90 to 91%;
B+: 88 to 89%; B: 83 to 87%; B-: 80 to 82%;
C+: 78 to 79%; C: 73 to 77%; C-: 70 to 72%;
D+: 68 to 69%; D: 60 to 67%;
F: 0 to 59%.

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