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Chinese Course Descriptions

S A N T A M O N I C A   C O L L E G E   C A T A L O G   2 0 0 7 - 2 0 0 8

Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for Chinese 1 and 2.

CHNESE 1, Elementary Chinese I (Mandarin) 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.

Using an audio-lingual approach, this course teaches pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar fundamentals as essential elements in reading, writing, and understanding elementary Chinese. The course also covers necessary culture, customs, philosophy, and history which serve as keys to studying the Chinese language.

CHNESE 2, Elementary Chinese II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: Chinese 1*.

This course is a continuation of Chinese 1 and covers the elementary grammar. It includes the reading of simplified texts with emphasis on oral expression and further study of Chinese history and culture.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to two years of high school Chinese.

CHNESE 3, Intermediate Mandarin I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3 (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: Chinese 2*.
• Advisory: Skill levels equivalent to those taught in Chinese 2.

This course builds on language skills developed in Chinese 1 and 2. The course will complete and review basic grammar and key sentence patterns of Chinese, provide practice in the appropriate use of idiomatic expressions, and further develop skill in reading and writing Hanzi (Chinese characters). It will also build vocabulary, expand reading comprehension, and encourage extensive conversation in Chinese. It will cover additional aspects about Chinese culture and history.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to three years of high school Chinese.

CHNESE 8, Conversational Mandarin 2 units

Transfer: CSU
• Advisory: Students should have skill levels equivalent to that taught in Chinese 2.

This course provides an opportunity for the student to acquire better speaking skills in Chinese with the emphasis on natural, colloquial usage. New vocabulary and idiomatic phrases will be emphasized and the student will hold conversations in Mandarin during each class.