Conversational Chinese

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CHI 105

       Course Name: Conversational Chinese

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CHI 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides practice in conversational Mandarin Chinese to develop oral facility. Content includes specially designed exercises in pronunciation, tones, and vocabulary development. Oral presentations and class discussions of life in China.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Build student proficiency in speaking Chinese.
  2. Refine pronunciation and intonation.
  3. Acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Chinese.
  4. Use the Chinese language in the context of real life situations.

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 Exam
1 Lesson 1 Greetings
Dialogue I: Exchanging Greetings
Dialogue II: Asking about Someone’s Nationality
Lesson 2 Family Dialogue I: Looking at a Family Photo
Dialogue II: Asking About Someone’s Family
2 Lesson 3 Dates and Time
Dialogue I: Taking Someone Out to Eat on His/Her Birthday
Dialogue II: Inviting Someone to Dinner
Lesson 4 Hobbies
Dialogue I: Talking about Hobbies
Dialogue II: Would You Like to Play Ball?
3 Lesson 5 Visiting Friends
Dialogue I: Visiting a Friend’s Home
Narrative: At a Friend’s House
Lesson 6 Making Appointments
Dialogue I: Calling One’s Teacher
Dialogue II: Calling a Friend for
4     Midterm
5 Lesson 7 Studying Chinese
Dialogue I: How Did You Do on the Exam?
Dialogue II: Preparing for a Chinese Class
Lesson 8 School Life
A Diary: A Typical School Day
A Letter: Talking about Studying Chinese
6 Lesson 9 Shopping
Dialogue I: Shopping for Clothes
Dialogue II: Exchanging Shoes
Lesson 10 Transportation
Dialogue: Going Home for the Winter Vacation
An Email: Thanking Someone for a Ride
7     Final

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally, dealing with the tasks or functions which form the basis of spoken communication.  Class time will be used to practice using Chinese in order to express the kind of communicative needs we all experience in a variety of situations.  Your suggestions for use of class time will be incorporated throughout the semester.  Group and individual oral reports and impromptu talks will also be used.  Students are expected listen to the audio CDs of authentic conversations coordinated with each chapter before class.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course must be taught face-to-face.

Because of the participatory nature of this course, students are expected to attend regularly, prepare assignments by the deadlines specified in the syllabus, listen to laboratory audio CDs, take part in classroom discussions and activities, and write essays (four essays, 1-2 pages) on various topics. Mid-term and final oral presentations will be made.

Regular class attendance: Obviously, this is a participation class, so students’ presence is obligatory. Students need to prepare the assigned text pages prior to each class, so they will feel comfortable in the situations played out in class. There are no written exams. Throughout the semester, students will be involved in a variety of group activities. As a final exam, students will give an oral report and take an oral reading exam to demonstrate the accuracy of pronunciation. Grammar will be reviewed only as needed.

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.

Recommended text:
Making Connections: Enhance your listening comprehension in Chinese, (Simplified), Latest Edition, by Madeline K. Spring

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1. Attendance & Class Participation: 80%
2. Oral Presentation: 20%

Grading Scale:

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

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.