Instructor: Dr. Jianhua Bai, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ms. Lijuan Guo, email@example.com
Office: Bai: 112 Ascension Hall, Phone: 427-5530; Guo: 12 Ascension Hall, Phone:
Office Hours: Bai: M.W. 11:00--12:00, 1:00--2:00; Guo: MWF 11:00-12:00; Tuesday
Schedule: 2:10-3:00, MWF, Asc 25 (for Kenyon), Library/LRC 115 (for Denison)
1. Bai, J. J. Sung and H. Zhang. 1998. Across the Straits (ATS). Boston: Cheng
2. Bai, J. J. Sung and Z. Xing. 1996. Beyond the Basics (BB). Boston: Cheng
3. Supplementary Materials (SM). Reading Selections on the Web.
4. Video materials.
This course integrates the use of the teleconferencing facility, the multimedia
CD and web-based technology and is available for both Kenyon and Denison students.
The course is an upper-level course for students who wish to develop and refine
their ability to understand, speak, read, and write Modern Standard Chinese. Reading
materials include writings on aspects of Chinese culture and which will serve
as points of departure for discussion and composition. Video materials will also
be used for this purpose. Reading and writing assignments will emphasize use of
both simplified and traditional or "complex" forms of Chinese characters.
This course is recommended for students wishing to specialize in any field related
to China. Prerequisite: Intermediate Chinese or equivalent or permission of instructor.
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Each class consists of three integral components: 1) the pre-class reading assignments
(paper and web-based materials). 2) The during-class TV conferencing lecture and
activities enable students to practice listening and speaking skills and increase
their knowledge about aspects of Chinese culture and society. 3) The post-class
tasks will be assigned to reinforce and assess learning outcome through the conventional
paper-pencil exercises and the use of on-line discussions, reports and collaborated
In addition to the regular class meetings and the pre and post class activities
students from both campuses will also meet a couple of times during the semester
so that they can know each other better through face-to-face interaction. There
will also be weekly practice sessions with a teacher on an individual basis.
A foreign language is acquired only as a consequence of using that language. The
purpose of the assignments and practice sessions is to build each week's new material
into an increasingly versatile proficiency. Practice is the most important activity
in this course. Every minute is valuable to you. Every class meeting contributes,
cumulatively, to the attainment of your personal objective. This class is going
to be conducted entirely in Chinese.
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1. Weekly assignments. There will be extensive reading, listening and other assignments.
Get together with a classmate and study the assigned readings. Since our class
consists of people of different levels, it would be best if you study with someone
of different levels of proficiency so that those who have studied more can help
those who have studied fewer years.
2. Classes will be held in the teleconferencing rooms. The lectures and class
activities will enable you to practice listening and speaking skills and increase
your knowledge about aspects of Chinese culture and society.
3. Web-surfing and weekly writing reports. You need to keep updated with the current
events by reading or listening to the news (see recommended "useful links")
daily. Each week, you need to write one-paragraph summary of what you heard/read
about. Bring it to Friday's class to share.
4. There will be individual conferences during which you will 1) discuss the assigned
materials, 2) Q&A about the assignments, and 3) some task-based activities
to help you reinforce the class content.
5. Additional reading materials available upon request.
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Evaluation and Course Grade
Evaluation provides each student multiple opportunities to demonstrate incremental
skill development over discrete segments of material. It provides feedback for
both teaching and learning. The examinations will be cumulative, including all
previous material plus the most recent week's new material.
The final letter grade represents the judgment of the following:1. Class participation,
40% (individual sessions and class meetings). 2.Daily assignments, 30%. 3). Mid-term
and final examinations 30%. Each examination will consists listening, speaking,
reading and writing. 5) Attending Chinese Tables for extra credits. Students and
teachers of Chinese have dinner together every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 at Upper
Dempsey. Students from Denison can contact Professor Lian for their Chinese Table
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