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CHI 1014 Chinese I
An introduction to Chinese through exploration of the students immediate world, developing beginning proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will also begin building an understanding of cultural aspects of Chinese society as it applies to their language learning. Laboratory required.

CHI 1024 Chinese II
An extension of Chinese I that moves beyond the exploration of the student’s immediate world, further developing proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will also continue building an understanding of cultural aspects of Chinese society as it applies to their language learning. Prerequisite: CHI 1014 or equivalent proficiency. Laboratory required.

CHI 1034 Chinese III
An extension of Chinese II that moves beyond the exploration of the student’s immediate world, further developing proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will also continue building an understanding of cultural aspects of Chinese society as it applies to their language learning. Prerequisite: CHI 1024 or equivalent proficiency. Laboratory required.

CHI 2014 Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition
A gateway course for students continuing in advanced-level Chinese courses. Designed for students to become more proficient in five key areas of language acquisition (speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture), the course provides a thorough review that consists of grammar-based activities in a variety of contexts and language functions. Special attention will also be paid to writing in Chinese: understanding different modes of expression (exposition, narration, description, argumentation) and writing effectively (coherent discourse, lexical flexibility, rhetoric, and style). Prerequisite: CHI 1034. IV

CHI 2024 Chinese/English Translation
Trains students to perform written translation and oral interpretation tasks between Chinese and English language. A variety of texts will be used for translation practice with a focus on semantic analysis, contrastive examinations of differences and similarities between Chinese and English, and the use of translation skills and techniques handling texts of different types. The course guides students to develop intellectual perspectives on the activity of translation and expand topic-based vocabulary. Prerequisite: CHI 1034. III A; IV

CHI 2044 Chinese Cinema
An introduction to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, with a focus on how social, political and cultural changes in contemporary China find their expressions in film. Students will learn basic skills for interpreting cinematic language, gain an overall view of the development of film in China, and develop a critical understanding of Chinese society and culture through film. Taught in English. No prerequisites. III A or IV

CHI 2054 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature
In this introductory survey of the literature of twentieth century China, students will read English translations of representative works by major writers from primary literary genres, while selected documentaries and feature films will enrich students’ reading experience. This course offers literary and historical background in the periods from the 1910s, the May Fourth Movement, the Anti-Japanese War, the socialist construction, the Cultural Revolution, to the liberalization of the post-Mao era. The approach will sensitize students to radical changes in Chinese society, and help them appreciate the artistry and diversity of modern literary works. IV

CHI 2294 Special Topics
Study of an area involving the language, literature, or culture not fully treated in other Chinese courses. Topics change and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. IV

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