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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Chinese (Division 339)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Chinese

Wolverine Access Subject listing for CHIN

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Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on Tuesday, September 5, 1-3 p.m.

The room assignments are as follows:

Chinese 3520 FB
Japanese Lec Rm 2 MLB
Korean Lec Rm 1 MLB

Students wanting to be tested in any of the other languages we teach (Hindi, Thai, Tamil, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Punjabi, Urdu, Tibetan) should contact the department to schedule an individual test. The same is true for students who want to be tested in a language we do not teach, but can certify (Gujarathi, Marathi).


Chinese 101. Beginning Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Hilda Tao (htao@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Native or near-native speakers of Chinese are not eligible for this course. (5). (LR). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~htao/

Chinese 101 is an introductory course for students who do not understand or speak any Chinese. (If you speak Chinese at home, this is not the right course for you. Take the placement exam in the fall for Chinese 301/302.) In this course, students are expected to achieve control of the sound system (especially the four tones), basic sentence patterns, aural comprehension, and daily conversations. Starting with the fourth week, students will learn to read and write the "traditional" Chinese characters (Fan-ti zi). Students will learn 100 characters in Chinese 101. Almost every week, students will be required to do their homework at the computer sites and will be required to perform skits in front of the class. A written quiz or test will be given every Thursday. Class is held one hour per day: Tuesdays and Thursdays are lectures; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are recitations. Students are required to register for both a lecture section and a recitation section. Attendance will be taken everyday. Textbooks: (a) John DeFrancis, Beginning Chinese (Yale Univ. Press); (b) John DeFrancis, Beginning Chinese Reader, Part I and II (Yale Univ. Press). Materials covered: Beginning Chinese, Lessons 1-13; Beginning Chinese Reader, Lessons 1-12. No visitors are allowed.

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Chinese 201. Second-Year Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Laura Grande (lsgrande@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 102. Native or near-native speakers of Chinese are not eligible for this course. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/chin/201/001.nsf

Students electing Chinese 201 should have mastered the spoken language material in DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese or equivalent and should be able to recognize and write about 400 characters and 1200 combinations. The goals of Chinese 201 are to help students:

  1. improve their spoken and aural proficiency,
  2. achieve a solid reading level with a vocabulary of at least 900 characters and accompanying combinations, and
  3. learn to express themselves clearly in writing on a variety of topics.

These goals are approached through grammar and special-topics lectures, classroom drills, discussion, written quizzes and tests, and oral presentations. An underlying theme of the course is that, insofar as language is a systematic reflection of culture, understanding the link between language and culture can make the language easier and more fascinating to learn. The text for the course is Integrated Chinese (Cheng & Tsui Co., 1997.).

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Chinese 225. Calligraphy.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 101. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

To explore the richness of Chinese calligraphy, this course is designed to include a series of fundamental introductions to the history of Chinese calligraphy and a brief theoretical framework for evaluation and appreciation; in addition, a practice session will be held in each class to facilitate a hands-on learning process.

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Chinese 263/Phil. 263/Asian Studies 263. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Thorton Kline

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Philosophy 263.001.

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Chinese 301. Reading and Writing Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Assignment by placement test and permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Chinese 101, 102, or 361. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for students with native or near-native speaking ability in Chinese, but little or no reading and writing ability. Chinese 301 focuses on reading and writing Chinese and will cover the regular Chinese 101-102 reading materials. Students will be graded on the basis of daily classroom performance, daily quizzes, periodic tests, and homework assignments. Students must have the permission of the instructor in order to register for this course. Most students will receive this permission via the placement exam to be held on Tuesday, September 7 at 1pm.

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Chinese 391. Honors Course in Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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Chinese 393. Honors Course in Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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Chinese 399. Directed Readings.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the Department. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Individual work and directed readings for undergraduate concentrators. Must be arranged with an instructor.

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Chinese 405. Third-Year Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Hsin-hsin Liang (hliang@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 202 or 362. (5). (Excl).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Chinese 405 and 406 comprise a two-term sequence that makes up the third year of study in the Chinese language program. All four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are stressed. In Chinese 405, along with structured grammatical patterns, students primarily learn the strategies and skills required for reading Chinese newspapers. The textbook in Chinese 405 is A New Text for a Modern China. In Chinese 406, students learn to read various styles and genres of modern Chinese, including fiction, essays, and occasionally poetry. Course readings are selected from a large variety of genuine Chinese materials; there is no textbook. On completing third-year Chinese, students should (with the aid of a dictionary) be able to read and discuss most non-technical subjects in modern Chinese. Both Chinese 405 and 406 meet five hours per week. Of these, three hours are devoted to understanding and discussing the reading material. The fourth hour is reserved for oral presentations, discussions, and skits. The fifth hour is used for taking quizzes or tests. Student work is evaluated on the basis of daily attendance, exercises, one dictation every second day, and one quiz or test per week. The class is conducted mainly in Chinese.

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Chinese 416. Chinese for the Professions.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/416.html

Chinese for the Professions (i.e., Business Chinese) focuses on practical language skills that are most helpful in actual business interactions with Chinese-speaking communities. Classroom activities, largely in the form of real world simulation, will be based on authentic documents and correspondence as well as a textbook. Some highlights are: business negotiation in international trade, business letter writing, business documents comprehension/translation, business oral presentation, commercial language, and word processing. Through intensive practice in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the Chinese language for business purposes, students will enhance their cultural awareness and acquire vocabulary, phrases, and sentence patterns commonly used in typical Chinese business contexts.

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Chinese 417. Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is specifically designed to help Cantonese-speaking students who have advanced Chinese reading and writing skills but lack oral Mandarin (Putonghua) competence. Classroom activities, based on intensive pinyin drills, are exclusively guided oral practice and corrections. Cantonese native speakers without an advanced level in reading and writing are encouraged to attend Chinese core courses or, if qualified, Chinese 378.

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Chinese 461. Readings in Modern Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (5). (Excl).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/461-2.html

Chinese 461-462 is a two-term Chinese language course sequence with graded readings at an advanced level. Texts chosen from a variety of sources in both Mainland China and Taiwan include 20th-century fiction and essays on various topics. While students are helped to further improve command of structure and vocabulary in a range of language styles, the primary emphasis of the sequence is on reading comprehension with the aim of enabling students to read original materials with less reliance on a dictionary. Development of speaking and writing skills will also be stressed through discussions on the readings. In the second term, longer texts will be used, and efforts will be made to improve reading skills and speed. At times when Chinese 431-432 (Contemporary Social Science Text) is not offered simultaneously, a social science component may be arranged to accommodate to the wider interest and demand of students. Daily attendance, weekly assignments and quizzes as well as unit tests are required. There is no final exam. Classes are conducted largely in Chinese.

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Chinese 471/Asian Studies 471. Classical Chinese Literature in Translation.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese required. (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course looks at the foundational period of traditional Chinese literature, from the very beginnings to the 13th century. A large variety of different types of writing are introduced, from philosophical works to poetry to short fiction. An ample anthology, Stephen Owen's Anthology of Chinese Literature, contains the bulk of the readings, as well as witty commentary by the editor. This anthology will be supplemented with course pack material in areas that are not very well represented (e.g., Buddhist writings and fiction). Background on Chinese society and interactions between literature, culture, and history will be conveyed through short lectures and through a secondary text, A Guide to Chinese Literature. Even though some lecturing will, regrettably, have to take place, the emphasis will be on students' reaction to and understanding of the texts read and discussion will be welcomed and promoted. Students will take a midterm and a final, write three short papers, and participate in class. The writing of good papers will be emphasized.

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Chinese 588. Sinological Tools and Methods.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Chinese

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William Baxter (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 452. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/chin/588/001.nsf

This course covers skills and materials necessary for scholarship in premodern Chinese literature, history, art history, and thought. It is intended to serve as a bridge from general elementary classical language study to proseminars and seminars in specialized fields. The first section of the course provides an introduction to and practice with a range of lexical and technical aids, including Western language, Chinese, and Japanese dictionaries, encyclopedia, concordances, indices, atlases, and conversion charts. Practice in locating and understanding classical texts is a key part of the course, and, when possible, students' current research interests are indulged. Emphasis is always on the systematic, accurate, and efficient culling of information from the research library. Briefer sections are devoted to the utilization of modern scholarship on China in books and periodicals and access to such scholarship through bibliographies, comprehensive studies, and library catalogs. Some attention is devoted to the acquisition of materials, the interpretation and presentation of publication data, and other style sheet issues. There are weekly projects to exercise developing skills, assigned with the goal of improving reading levels in tandem with other research skills. Three or four brief (2-3 page) research papers are required, one on a topic, one on the history of a text, one on a historical figure, and one critical review of a piece of modern scholarship.

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