Beginning Chinese II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CHI 102

       Course Name: Beginning Chinese II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CHI 101 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course further develops reading, writing and speaking skills of standard modern Mandarin. Content includes introduction to grammar, 500 Chinese characters, and 1200 compounds.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Chinese, making spontaneous use of new structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Chinese culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Chinese in everyday contexts through responding to increasingly complex questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on more complex selections.
  5. Use elements of additional grammar through longer listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. Write more complex 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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Week Lesson Title Exams
1 Introduction Introduction  
2-4 Lesson 6 Making Appointments
Dialogue I: Calling One’s Teacher
Dialogue II: Calling a Friend for
5-7 Lesson 7 Studying Chinese
Dialogue I: How Did You Do on the Exam?
Dialogue II: Preparing for a Chinese Class
8-10 Lesson 8 School Life
A Diary: A Typical School Day
A Letter: Talking about Studying Chinese
11-13 Lesson 9 Shopping
Dialogue I: Shopping for Clothes
Dialogue II: Exchanging Shoes
14-16 Lesson 10 Transportation
Dialogue: Going Home for the Winter Vacation
An Email: Thanking Someone for a Ride
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Classroom hours will be devoted to pronunciation drills, analysis of sentence structure, sentence building, and etymology of Chinese words, translation, conversation and dictation.  In class, the instructor will use Chinese for oral drills, sentence building and conversation.  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 preparation in time for class.
  2. Assignments given weekly must be submitted on time.
  3. Listen to CDs at least 2 hours every week.
  4. Take midterm exam and final exam.
  5. Short quizzes will be given throughout the course.
  6. Active class participation is mandatory.

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%

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

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.