Fall 2015 Courses

FALL 2015 Chinese Language Course Offerings

Course

Title

When

Instructor

EALC10002

Elementary Chinese II

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Congcong Ma

EALC10111

First-Year Chinese I 

T R - 9:30A - 10:20A

Yongping Zhu/Chengxu Yin

EALC10111

First-Year Chinese I 

T R - 11:00P - 11:50P

Yongping Zhu/Chengxu Yin

EALC10111

First-Year Chinese I

T R - 2:00P - 2:50P

Yongping Zhu/Chengxu Yin

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 9:25A - 10:15A

Wei Wang

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

STAFF

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Congcong Ma

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 2:00P - 2:50P

Chengxu Yin

EALC10121

Hybrid First Year Chinese I

M W - 10:30A - 11:20A

T R - 11:00A - 11:50A

Chengxu Yin 

EALC10201

Accelerated Chinese I

MTWRF - 2:00P - 2:50P

STAFF

EALC20211

Second Year Chinese I

M W F - 10:30A - 11:20A

Weibing Ye

EALC20211

Second Year Chinese I

M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

Wei Wang

EALC20211

Second Year Chinese I

M W F - 2:00P - 2:50P

Wei Wang 

EALC21211

Second Year Chinese I Lab

T R - 2:00P - 2:50P

Weibing Ye

EALC21211

Second Year Chinese I Lab

T R - 11:00A - 11:50A

Weibing Ye

EALC21211

Second Year Chinese I Lab

T R - 3:30P - 4:20P

Wei Wang

EALC30311

Third Year Chinese I

M W F - 10:30A - 11:20A

STAFF

EALC30311

Third Year Chinese I

 M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

Chengxu Yin

EALC30311

Third Year Chinese I

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

STAFF

EALC31311

Third Year Chinese I Lab

R - 11:00 - 11:50

STAFF

EALC31311

Third Year Chinese I Lab

R - 2:00P - 2:50P

STAFF

EALC31311

Third Year Chinese I Lab

R - 3:30P - 4:20P

STAFF

EALC40411

Fourth Year Chinese I

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Liangyan Ge

EALC40411

Fourth Year Chinese I

M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

Wei Wang

EALC41411

FOURTH YEAR BUSINESS CHINESE I

T - 2:00P - 2:50P

Wei Wang

EALC50511

ADVANCED CHINESE (3.0)

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Weibing Ye

 

 EALC 10002 ELEMENTARY CHINESE II

This course is a continuation of Elementary Chinese I. It is the second half of the two 3-credit course sequence (Elementary Chinese I and II) that covers the same materials as the 5-credit First Year Chinese I. Upon completion of this course, students will be ready to enroll in First Year Chinese II (5 credits) in the following spring semester.Students will continue their acquisition of the four basic language skills in Chinese: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Additional frequently used Chinese characters, vocabulary, and fundamental grammatical structures will be introduced. The emphasis of the course will be on accurate and appropriate communication in Mandarin Chinese.

EALC 10111/11111 FIRST YEAR CHINESE I

 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese using simplified characters with equal emphasis on the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. At the end of the first year, students may expect to comprehend and produce simple questions statements, high-frequency commands, and courtesy formulas; to pronounce learned vocabulary and short phrases with correct tones; to read simple texts and standardized messages, phrases, or expressions; and to master the pinyin Romanization and write simple expressions and short sentences in simplified characters. First Year Chinese I is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in one MWF (EALC 10111) section and one TR (EALC 11111) lab.

EALC 10121 HYBRID FIRST YEAR CHINESE I

This course covers the same materials as regular First Year Chinese. It is a 5-credit course designed for highly motivated students who are willing to spend more time improving their oral proficiency. The course adopts an innovative format that combines traditional classroom instruction and online self-learning. Students learn grammar through vivid and feasible online tutorials and quizzes. Class time is optimized for enhancing students’ proficiency through intense drill work and authentic communicative tasks. The class meets four times a week and requires one additional hour of online study by students. Students who complete this course may take either Hybrid First Year Chinese II or First Year Chinese II in the following spr​ing semester.

EALC 10201 ACCELERATED CHINESE I

This 5-credit beginning course is designed for students with some familiarity with spoken Mandarin but little or no ability to read and write in Chinese. Its goal is to help students with the comprehension of grammar and the enhancement of their skills in reading, writing, and oral expression on a variety of topics. Special attention is given to the cultural heritage of China. Students who complete this course will be ready to take Accelerated Chinese II in the following spring semester. Thereafter, they will be ready to take Third Year Chinese I.

EALC 20211/21211 SECOND YEAR CHINESE I

This course is for students who have completed one year of college-level Chinese. Grammar review and training in the four basic skills to achieve higher levels of competence in speaking and listening for greater fluency in communication, reading for critical understanding, and the ability to accurately and appropriately convey basic ideas through written characters. Second Year Chinese I is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in one MWF (EALC 20211) section and one TR (EALC 21211) lab.

EALC 30311/31311 THIRD YEAR CHINESE I

This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese. In addition to further consolidating and enhancing the skills that students have acquired in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, this course will prepare students to produce paragraph-level language (both spoken and written), using a wide range of quasi-authentic materials (slightly revised for language learners), including material from news media. Third Year Chinese I is a 4 credit course; students should enroll in one MWF (EALC 30311) section and one (EALC 31311) lab.

EALC 40411 FOURTH YEAR CHINESE I

This course will incorporate authentic materials from a variety of sources, including newspaper articles, essays, short scenes from contemporary TV series, short fiction, and video clips that will expose students to different spoken and written styles of Chinese.  Students will further develop their abilities in three modes of communication – interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive – and in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese.

EALC 41411 01 Fourth Year Business Chinese I

A one-credit supplement to Fourth Year Chinese, required for international economics majors and optional (with permission of the instructor) for other Fourth Year students. This lab integrates the study of Chinese language and culture with the study of business and economics. Students will learn Chinese business customs as well as practical business terms, business writing, interview strategies, and business conventions and usage in a variety of contexts. Authentic materials, such as newspapers, magazine articles, television, and films, will be used to develop advanced reading and listening skills. By completing both semesters, students will deepen their understanding of Chinese society and business culture.

EALC 50511 01 Advanced Chinese (3.0)

This course is appropriate for majors and students with language experience overseas. The year-long sequence helps students become functional speakers, readers, and writers of modern Chinese through articles and essays from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals, as well as engagement with popular media and online communications. Prerequisite: successful completion of four years of Chinese language training, as determined by placement examination. The learning goals of the course are to introduce modern Chinese culture while developing advanced competence in reading, speaking, and writing standard modern Chinese. 

FALL 2015 Chinese Literature and Culture Courses  

LLEA 13186  Literature University Seminar: Love in Traditional Chinese Literature 

TR 11:00-12:15                                                         Liangyan Ge

The goal of this course is to introduce first-year students to the Chinese notion of love as fostered by traditional Chinese ideological systems, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. We will examine the different love relationships in thesocial and familial contexts, especially filial love, parental love, and sexual love, and discuss their literary expressions in poetry and prose from different historical periods. Love will be considered as both a perennial theme in Chinese literature and a major reflector of traditional Chinese culture. Readings are all in English translation, and no prior knowledge of Chinese language or culture is required for taking the course. Writing is a significant component of the course. There will be a number of writing projects, and issues concerning paper-writing will be discussed both in class and in private conferences. Students are also expected to read the assigned texts carefully before each session and participate actively in discussions and other class activities.

LLEA 20115  Religion and the Visual Arts, in Christianity and Buddhism
 
TR 02:00-03:15                                                          Robert Gimello 
 
A study of the ways in which religious ideas and values are conveyed in images as distinct from texts, focusing on major works of art (paintings, sculptures, architecture) from the Christian along with comparable with and equivalent works from the Buddhist tradition, and addressing especially the many arguments and tensions abounding in religion about the proper role of the visual arts in religion.
 
LLEA 20841 Conflict and Cooperation in International Relations of East Asia                                                         
 
TR       09:30-10:45                                                     Kiwoong Yang

East Asia is defined as the region encompassing China, Koreas, Japan, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and the Russian Far East. There are signs of regional conflict in East Asia. Meanwhile, there are signs that may lead to regional cooperation in the twenty-­first century. This course examines the tensions between increasing interdependence among the nations in East Asia and the preservation of national sovereignty and conflicts over territories, identities and history. The central question is whether the East Asian region is heading towards greater peace and cooperation or war and conflict in the twenty-first century. We will also focus on the role of the United States in the region since it has been extensively involved in the region since the 1850s.

LLEA 30108  The Chinese Religious World Today: Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, and Other Popular Faiths
 
TR 11:00-12:15                                                          Lionel Jensen
 
This new lecture and discussion course offers students a detailed introduction to the diverse, dynamic and widespread presence of religion in contemporary Chinese life. China is—increasingly—a nation of energetic religious believers. Today there are more than 95 million Christians in China, 25 million Muslims, and as many as 500,000,000 practitioners of traditional local rites of sacrifice and worship to deities and spirits (most importantly ancestors). In the last decade plural religious traditions have grown with a speed greater than that of the economic and political reforms.  It is within this specific context that students will learn about the impact of religious ideas, practices, and organizations on social, political and economic phenomena and explore the role of religion in the consolidation of individual, communal, and national identity. Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, the class will ascertain the impact of `various Chinese religious traditions: Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, Daoism, Buddhism, and popular sects, on the internal socio-political structure of the Chinese state. As well the course will evaluate religions and their effects on shaping power relations on a regional, national, and local level. The class is discussion based, supplemented by lectures, student presentations, and documentary films. No knowledge of Chinese is required.
 
LLEA 30151  China's Long 20th Century
 
TR 09:30-10:45                                                           Elisabeth Koll
 
The course examines China’s modern history from the last decade of the 19th century to the present. It explores the great political, economic, and social transformations with a particular focus on identifying continuities and discontinuities in China’s historical development across the 20th century. The course emphasize China’s global interconnections and develop a framework for assessing the role of nationalism, communism, and capitalism in the making of modern China.
 
LLEA 30403  Introduction to Chinese Civilization and Culture 
 
TR 02:00-03:15                                                           Xiaoshan Yang
 
This course surveys Chinese culture and civilization from the beginnings to the present time. Readings include traditional historical, philosophical, political, religious and literary texts as well as modern scholarship. Students are encouraged to bring in their experience, living or reading, of Western culture in order to form comparative and reflective perspectives.
                                                     
LLEA 33102  Chinese Literary Traditions
 
TR 03:30-04:45                                                            Xiaoshan Yang
 
A survey course introducing students to the major themes and genres of Chinese literature through selected readings of representative texts.

LLEA 30501 Classical Chinese

MW 2:00-3:15                                                           Yongping Zhu

This is an introductory course to classical Chinese for students who have completed at least 4th year Chinese or its equivalent. Students will learn a variety of texts ranging from idiom stories to canonical works such as Confucian Analects and Mencius. Classroom discussion emphasizes on sentence structures, the usage of grammatical particles, and Chinese culture. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to understand the main structures of classical Chinese, appreciate the differences between classical Chinese and modern Chinese, and be able to translate classical texts into modern Chinese. They will learn more about Chinese history and culture and acquire the basic skills of using classical Chinese in formal situations and writings. The course helps to lay a solid foundation for future advanced research on traditional Chinese culture or modern Chinese society. As the course is conducted exclusively in Chinese, students will also be able to solidify and enhance their proficiency in modern Chinese. Credits earned from this course may be used to fulfill Chinese major and minor requirements for upper-division courses in Chinese literature and culture.

LLEA 30426  Special Studies

TBA

LLEA 46498 Directed Readings

TBA                                                            TBA

FALL 2015 Chinese Honors Track Program

LLEA 58311 Honors Thesis, Chinese

TBA                                                           Dian H. Murray

LLEA 58311 Honors Thesis, Chinese

F 5:05-5:55                                              Lionel Jensen

LLEA 58311 Honors Thesis, Chinese

TBA                                                           Xiaoshan Yang

LLEA 58311 Chinese Honors Thesis
 
Majors in Chinese are strongly encouraged to pursue the honors track. Those who are interested must meet the following criteria: 
  • Fulfillment of all the requirements for a first major of 30 credit hours in Chinese;
  • Completion of fourth year Chinese;
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.7 in the major or permission from the Department Chair. 
Requirements:  In addition to the 30 hours required for a major, the honors track requires the completion of a senior honors thesis that demonstrates the student’s originality and ability to do research in the field of study.  
  • Students are admitted into the honors track in the spring semester of their junior year and will enroll in a year-long course of study in the fall semester of their senior year.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for summer research grants between their junior and senior year to prepare for writing their senior honors thesis.  Summer research grants for this purpose are available on a competitive basis from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), the Kellogg Institute, the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Excellence (CUSE), among others.
  • The senior honors thesis is a year-long, one on one experience with a faculty member that comprises two semester courses of 3 credit hours each.
  • The fall semester course may be a regularly scheduled upper division course or an individually designed course with the thesis advisor; these 3 credit hours may count toward the major.
  • The spring semester course is the senior thesis writing course; for completion of this course, the student receives 3 credits beyond the 30 credits required for the major.
  • The senior honors thesis must be submitted by the College deadline of late March or early April that is announced each year in the fall.