Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers intensive language instruction in Chinese and Japanese at the first, second, and third year levels (Japanese 361, 362, 411; and Chinese 361, 362, 411). These language courses are officially listed as Summer Term courses, but PLEASE NOTE that they start several weeks before normal Summer Term courses (JUNE 12 to AUGUST 18). All students must apply for admission to the program. Contact the department at 764-8286 for more information.

Courses in Chinese (Division 339)

Language Courses

361. Intensive Beginning Chinese. Permission of instructor. (10). (LR).

An introductory course in modern spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. At the end of the course, students will have learned 350 characters and accompanying combinations. Texts: Beginning Chinese and Beginning Chinese Reader (through lesson 42), John DeFrancis. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study (Chinese 101-102).

362. Intensive Second-Year Chinese. Chinese 102 or 361, and permission of instructor. (10). (LR).

A continuation of First-Year Chinese. The goals of this course are to achieve a basic level of reading competence with a vocabulary consisting of 900 characters (plus combinations) and to continue improving aural understanding and speaking competence. Texts: Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese, Chih-p'ing Chou and Der-lin Chao, and A Great Wall, Jing-heng Ma. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study (Chinese 201-202).

411. Intensive Third-Year Chinese. Chinese 202 or 362 and permission of instructor. (10). (Excl).

A continuation of Second-Year Chinese. The four basic skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking continue to be stressed. Students will be expected to learn to read various styles of modern Chinese, including essays, documentary and journalistic materials, fiction, etc. This course is conducted solely in Chinese. Texts: Newspaper Readings: The U.S.A. in the People's Daily, Chih-p'ing Chou and Xuedong Wang. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study (Chinese 405-406).

Courses in Japanese (Division 401)

Language Courses

361. Intensive Beginning Japanese. Permission of instructor. (10). (LR).

An introductory course in modern spoken and written Japanese. The two kana syllabaries (katakana and hiragana ) and elementary characters (kanji ) are introduced. Texts: Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part I and Reading Japanese; Eleanor Jorden. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study (Japanese 101-102).

362. Intensive Second-Year Japanese. Japanese 102 or 361, and permission of instructor. (10). (LR).

A continuation of First-Year Japanese. Further training in all the language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) for students who have acquired a basic language proficiency. Texts: Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part II and Reading Japanese, Eleanor Jorden. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study (Japanese 201-202). Prerequisite: Japanese 102 or 361.

411. Intensive Third-Year Japanese. Japanese 202 or 362, and permission of instructor. (10). (Excl).

A continuation of Second-Year Japanese. Advanced training in all the language skills. Texts: Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part III and Reading Japanese, Eleanor Jorden. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study (Japanese 405-406).

421. Intensive Introduction to Technical Japanese. Japanese 202, 362, or permission of instructor. A maximum of 10 credits may be elected through Japanese 421, 445, and 446. (10). (Excl).

Designed to help the third-year level student consolidate knowledge of basic Japanese grammar and syntax while learning the linguistic conventions of technological discourse. This course may be helpful to students in the sciences and in business administration who plan careers related to Japanese technology. Texts: Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part III, Eleanor Jorden. All students must apply to the program; contact department for application materials. Equivalent to one regular academic year of study.


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