Beginning Chinese I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CHI 101

       Course Name: Beginning Chinese I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops basic skills of Mandarin Chinese within the context of Chinese culture. Content includes listening comprehension, pronunciation, reading and writing of Chinese characters, and understanding grammar. No prior study of the language presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Chinese, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Chinese culture through written and aural class work.
  3. To demonstrate spoken Chinese in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
  5. To use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write simple sentences within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

WeekLessonTitleExams
1 Introduction Introduction
2-4 Lesson 1 Greetings
Dialogue I: Exchanging Greetings
Dialogue II: Asking about Someone’s Nationality
5-7 Lesson 2 Family
Dialogue I: Looking at a Family Photo
Dialogue II: Asking About Someone’s Family
8-10 Lesson 3 Dates and Time
Dialogue I: Taking Someone Out to Eat on His/Her Birthday
Dialogue II: Inviting Someone to Dinner
Midterm
11-13 Lesson 4 Hobbies
Dialogue I: Talking about Hobbies
Dialogue II: Would You Like to Play Ball?
14-16 Lesson 5 Visiting Friends
Dialogue I: Visiting a Friend’s Home
Narrative: At a Friend’s House
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class time will be devoted to pronunciation drills, analysis of sentence structure, sentence building, writing of Chinese characters, conversation and translation.  Students are expected to prepare for the text assignment in the syllabus prior to class


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

  1. Do assigned preparations in time for class.
  2. Assignments given weekly must be submitted on time.
  3. Listen to CDs at least 2 hours per week.
  4. Take midterm exam and final exam.
  5. Active class participation is mandatory.
  6. The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices. In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:
    • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
    • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

  • Textbook: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Latest Edition, Simplified, byTao-Chung Yao and Yuehua Liu, Cheng & Tsui Company.
  • Workbook: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Latest Edition, Simplified, byTao-Chung Yao and Yuehua Liu, Cheng & Tsui Company.
  • Character Workbook: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Latest Edition, Traditional & Simplified, by Tao-Chung Yao and Yuehua Liu, Cheng & Tsui Company.
  • Audio CDs: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Latest Edition, by Tao-Chung Yao and Yuehua Liu, Cheng & Tsui Company

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1. Attendance & Class Participation: 10%
2. Lab Assignments: 25%
3. Quizzes: 15%
4. Presentations: 20%
5. Exam: 30%
100%

Grading Scale:

  1. A = 90 – 100
  2. B = 80 – 89
  3. C = 70 – 79
  4. D = 60 – 69
  5. F =   0 – 59

Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content.  These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade.  Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.

In this course at least one speaking exam is required.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.

Heritage speakers may not take this class.

Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:

Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493
languagelab@oakton.edu
http://www.oakton.edu/acad/dept/mld/languagelab.htm



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.