南开大学汉语言文化学院 

Courses

Courses for Undergraduate Students of the College of Chinese Language and Culture

1 Elementary Comprehensive Chinese

Total Class hour: 228

Object: Freshmen majoring in Chinese. Students take this course in order to get enough knowledge to prepare for HSK 3 Level Test.

Objective and Requirement: This course aims to train students’ language skills. It is a compulsory course for freshmen. This course is to teach knowledge about language through training of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through this course, students can master about 2000 new Chinese words, and about 180 language points. Students can have the basic ability to communicate in daily life and study and thus are able to handle common language environment. Besides, they can have a general understanding of the society of China. Students are required to preview the text before the classes, participate actively in class, and finish homework after class.

2 Modern Chinese Writing

Total Class Hour: 152

Object: Sophomores and juniors. They should have intermediate level of Chinese (above HSK6).

Objective and Requirement: Through lecture, practice and comment, students should keep using their growing vocabulary, grammar and knowledge, gradually reducing mistakes in choosing words and expression and improving their ability in Chinese writing.

3 Intermediate Spoken Chinese

Total class hour: 152

Object: Sophomore. Students are required to finish and pass all the courses in the first year before taking this course.

Objective and Requirement: This course aims to improve the oral ability of international students. Students are trained to conduct oral communication in a proper way, master the basic words and grammar using the knowledge about Chinese language and culture. In this way they can handle daily conversation, social activity, meeting the need of study and work.

4 Intermediate Comprehensive Chinese

Total class hour: 152

Object: Sophomores of undergraduate studies. Students are required to finish the Elementary Comprehensive Chinese in the first year or achieve the same level.

Objective and requirement: Intermediate Comprehensive Chinese aims to train students’ language skill. It is a compulsory course for sophomores. It aims to train students in listening, speaking, reading and writing and teach them knowledge about Chinese language and culture.

Through this course, students can master about 2000 words and about 120 language points. Students’ ability in passage listening and reading will be trained to be able to speak fluently or write in paragraph with words and sentence structure they learn. The course can improve students’ working and communication ability in daily life, or study. Students are required to be well-prepared before the class, and participate actively in class, and finish homework after class.

5 Applied Technology of the Internet

Total class hour: 90

Objects: This is a compulsory course offered in the fifth semester for undergraduate students.

Objective: Through this course, students can master the basic knowledge and skill of Chinese character process on the computer and meanwhile further understand the characteristics of Chinese characters.

Requirement: 1 Students should first of all have basic knowledge of Pinyin.

2. After this course, students should be able to browse and process Chinese information on computer with proficiency.

6 Advanced Spoken Chinese

Total class hour76
Object: Students should have intermediate level of oral Chinese. In daily life, study and common social activities, students can communicate in a correct and proper way. Students should master around 5000 Chinese words, about 600 grammar points, and basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. This course is for junior students who have the above-mentioned ability or above.

Objective and requirement: This course is to train students’ language ability to use Chinese in a diversified way. The course will train their ability to communicate Students will be trained to speak Chinese in a standard way in order to use it in a diversified way; they will be also trained to communicate to use it in a proper way. Accordingly students will be able to handle different occasions and understand the cultural background and textual connotation of Chinese.

Students are required to full understanding of mandarin Chinese. Students will master around 7000 and 910 grammar items.

7 Advanced Comprehensive Chinese
Total class hour152
Object: Juniors of undergraduate students.

Before taking this course, students are requested to finish the compulsory comprehensive Chinese or reach the same level.

Objective and requirement: This course trains students’ language skills in a comprehensive way. A compulsory course for juniors. This course aims to train students’ ability in advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through this course, students will be able to speak Chinese fluently, read Chinese easily. They will be able to be an intermediate level translator. Students can think in Chinese and debate in Chinese. Besides grammar and pragmatic rules, students will also have some knowledge of rhetoric. Students are required to preview the text before the classes, participate actively in class, and finish homework after class.

8 A Survey of China
Total class hour
76
Object: Sophomore students of undergraduate students. Before taking this course, students should have basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as general knowledge of Chinese culture.

Object and requirement: This is a cultural course. It enables students to have a systematic and comprehensive understanding of China. Students will thus lay a good foundation to improve their Chinese language and culture.

9 Ancient Chinese
Total class hour76
Objects: Juniors of undergraduate studies. The course starts from the basic level. The course requires students to have HSK Level 5 or Level 6 certificate in order to understand this course.

Object and requirement: Through studying a certain number of famous ancient proses, students will master a certain number of ancient Chinese words and basic knowledge of ancient Chinese. Meanwhile, students will have some understanding of ancient Chinese culture. After studying this course for one year, students will have the basic ability to read and translate ancient Chinese. Students will be taught to use reference book to lay a good foundation to further study ancient Chinese.

10 General Modern Chinese
Total class hour228
Object: Juniors of undergraduate students. Before taking this course, students will be above HSK Level 5.
Object and requirement:

1. Students should use Chinese Pinyin correctly and have a complete understanding of the phonetic system and correct their pronunciation with the help of relevant knowledge.
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Students should be able to identify the part of speech, get to know common grammar, analyze sentences to tell whether they are grammatically right or wrong and construct sentences in a comparatively correct way using rules.
3
Students should master some knowledge of lexis and common way to differentiate and analyze word meaning. Under the guidance of lexis, students should improve their ability in using words.
4
Students should understand the basic feature and writing patter to write Chinese characters correctly.
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Students should use proper rhetoric and improve their ability to express Chinese. In this way their Chinese will be both correct and vivid step by step.
Students are required to preview the text before the classes, participate actively in class, finish homework after class and take and pass every test.

11 Chinese Literature
Total class hour
152
Objects:

1. Senior of undergraduate students.

2 Students should have intermediate Chinese level or above, understand common knowledge of Chinese history and have some knowledge of ancient Chinese.

Object and requirement:

1. Through the lecturing, analysis, and discussion students should understand the basic development of China Studies and its brilliant achievement.
2 Chinese Literature is an important part of Chinese culture; students will be enlightened to understand Chinese culture through Chinese literature.
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Chinese literature language is a comparatively high level Chinese, thus students should improve their language skills consciously through this course.
4. Students and teachers should cooperate. Under the guidance of teacher, students should read literature words carefully and complete the exercise.

12 An Introduction to Linguistics
Total class hour
38
Object: Undergraduate students in high grades with certain language background knowledge.
Object and requirement: Through systematic study of this course and on the basis of certain understanding of linguistic knowledge, students should explain common language with theories they learn and lay a solid foundation for further research. In the studying process, students are required to connect theory with practice, guide language practice with theory. At the same time, students should test theory with language phenomenon. Students are required to read different reference books.

13 Listening Comprehension
Total class hour136
Object: The course is held in the first and second semester for undergraduate students who master basic knowledge of Chinese.
Object and requirement: This course is for the language practice and listening skill of low grade students. This course helps to train students in phonemes, monosyllabic and polysyllabic words and tones as well as words, dialog, vocabulary and social background. Students form their sense of language relying on natural or almost natural language thus can use these languages consciously or comparatively consciously.

14 Chinese Character Writing
Total class hour
34
Object: Students who have preliminary Chinese knowledge or freshman who just start to learn Chinese.

Object and requirement: Chinese character is regarded as the most difficult character for a long time. A number of foreign students have given up their further studies because they thought Chinese character was too difficult to learn. So the chief purpose of this course is aiming to ease the feelings the students have about Chinese character. And the second purpose of this course is to help the students to master the basic knowledge of strokes and the order of the strokes of Chinese character. Students are required to write and read Chinese character correctly through this course.

15 Chinese Calligraphy

Total class hour34

Objects: Foreign freshmen majoring in Chinese

Objective and requirement: This course is to help students learn something about the origin, the formation and the development of Chinese calligraphy. With the practice of this course, students’ cultural senses will be improved and their art potential will be explored.

In this course, students are required to learn the features of calligraphy in different styles and appreciate the beauty in calligraphy. They are also asked to practice one style of calligraphy and master it perfectly. This course will help the students understand the spirits hidden in Chinese calligraphy more profoundly and absorb the

16 Elementary Reading
Total class hour34

Objects: Undergraduate students in second semester of first year, who have reached Level B of Preliminary Chinese.
Objective and Requirement: Through preliminary reading and reading training, the course aims at improving students’ reading ability, enhancing comprehension in words, and accumulating Chinese characters and knowledge about Chinese culture. Students used to read by words. In case of sentence reading, they tend to look back all the time. These can be changed through this course. After taking the course, students will learn to read by sentence instead of words and expressions reaching a speed of 80 characters per minute. Students will master grammar items and vocabulary in the secondary level required by syllabus. Therefore they can finish reading and understand reading materials of the above mentioned level.

17 Chinese Painting

Total class hour: 34

Objects: Non-degree International Students

Objectives and requirements: This course is to help the international students learn about the development of Chinese painting, features of different kinds of Chinese painting and basic techniques in Chinese painting. Through this course, students will have further understanding of traditional Chinese culture.

18 Chinese Folk Music

Total class hour: 34

Objects: Undergraduates and non-degree students

Objectives and requirements: With this course, students will learn something about the history, styles and features of Chinese folk music and have further understanding about Chinese culture. Their comprehensive ability and communication ability will also be improved.

19 Translation

Total class hour: 114

Objects: 1. Native English speakers; 2. Foreign students who have learnt English for more than 5 years and those who live in an English environment; 3. Students who have reached the 4th level of HSK

Objectives and requirements: This course is to help students put their Chinese in use with both study and practice. They will learn about various aspects of Chinese history, culture, current affairs and economy and have a better understanding of the different cultural background of both languages, which will promote their future communication and cooperation with China. Students of this course must be equipped with sound English (especially for non-native speakers), so that they do not have to refer to dictionaries when they meet commonly-used words and phrases in both Chinese and English.

20 Korean-Chinese translation

Objects: Korean students, mainly sophomores with relatively good Chinese

Objective and requirement: This course is about concerned translation theories and put emphasis on translation practice. It helps students master the basic principles and key points of Korean-Chinese translation. With translation of sentences and passages, comparison between Chinese and Korean in grammar, syntax, writing styles and figures of speech, the analysis of different translation techniques caused by their differences, and the analysis of difficult points and mistakes by the students, teachers try to help the students improve their translation.

21 Japanese-Chinese translation

Objects: Japanese sophomores and other sophomores whose mother tongue is Japanese.

Objective and requirement: This course is about concerned translation theories and help students master the basic principles and key points of Japanese-Chinese translation. Through translation practice, students can improve their translation and interpretation ability, especially Japanese-Chinese translation, and improve their Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing as a whole.

22 Audio-Visual-Oral Chinese

Total class hours: 114

Objects: Sophomores who have mastered 2500 to 3000 Chinese words and the most commonly used grammar (HSK 3 or HSK 4)

Objective and requirement: This course is closely connected with other courses such as reading, speaking, listening and grammar but relatively independent. The purpose of this course is to create a natural language environment, make up for the disadvantages of other courses, give the students special trainings in listening and speaking (putting emphasis on the ability of organizing the language and communicating in practice) achieving the shift from rigid repetition to creative language use.

The course is based on listening with reading as a media, oral Chinese as a guide, all of which are coordinated. The focus of the course is discourse practice. Teachers will teach students the abstract form of sentences. Students are guided to understand, imitate and use the language freely. Function training is the highlight of this course. Students are required to draw the abstract part of functional feature from the video. Students are guided to guess the purpose of the roles in the video and imitate.

23 Intermediate Aural Comprehension

Total class hours: 152

Objects: This course is for sophomores majoring in Chinese Language. The students must have learnt all the basic grammar and about 3000 words, must be equipped with basic Chinese speaking ability and can understand daily Chinese.

Objective and requirement: It is a basic Chinese training course aiming at improving language skills. It can not only be regarded as the complementary and assistant course for the Intensive Reading course or the speaking course, but also an independent course. It also helps improve students’ speaking ability.

The purpose of this course is to help the students give quick responses to received language information. Students will understand common conversation and short article read at the speed of 300 characters per minute.

24 Intermediate Reading

Total class hours: 76

Objects: This course is for sophomores majoring in Chinese with A Level of Preliminary Chinese.

Objectives and Requirements:

Objective and requirement: Through intermediate reading and training, students will broad their reading horizon so that students will not look back while reading. Students can improve their reading speed, further accumulating the Chinese Language, Chinese character and knowledge on the Chinese culture. In this way, students will try their best not to look back while reading. Students will change from reading in the unit of sentence to lines and scanning and also from reading out loud to silent reading. They can reach the speed of 140 characters per minute. Students can understand and master Chinese level grammar and vocabulary required by the syllabus as well as C Level of preliminary Chinese grammar and vocabulary. Therefore they can finish reading and fully comprehend materials of the above-mentioned level.

25 Selected Reading of Newspapers and Periodicals

Total class hours: 76

Objects: this course is for seniors majoring in Chinese. The students must reach the intermediate or high level in Chinese and master at least 2500 words and most content of intermediate grammar syllabus.

Objectives and requirements:

1. The intensive course mainly focus on literary language, and the speaking course on oral language, while this course introduces a new language style (language used in newspapers and periodicals) to students and give them a key to reading newspapers and periodicals.

2. Through reading, students will know more about some culture phenomena and situations in current China.

3. Through this course, students must be able to read Chinese newspapers and periodicals and write short pieces of news.

4. This course also helps students form the good habit of reading Chinese newspapers and periodicals every day.

26 Advanced Listening

Total class hours: 76

Objects: This course is for seniors majoring in Chinese Language. Students must have learnt intermediate grammar and at least 5000 words, speak Chinese fluently, have some knowledge about science, culture and society and can follow the radio program at intermediate speed.

Objective and requirement: It is a basic language training course and can act as a tool. In the overall teaching plan, this course is to enlarge students’ vocabulary, help them receive information of different kinds through languages, and promote their flexibility in using languages. This course at the present stage focuses on understanding the language and aims at helping students with difficult points in radio news and receiving outside information freely.

27 Advanced Reading

Total class hours: 76

Objects: Juniors majoring in Chinese language and who have reached level B of intermediate Chinese.

Objective and requirement: Advanced reading course is to broaden students’ reading horizon, improve their reading speed and ability, introduce them more original materials and further strengthen their Chinese accumulation.In this way, students will learn to read in lines and passages silently. Students will be able to read 200 characters per minute. Students are supposed to understand and master basic grammar and vocabulary and high-grade grammar and vocabulary required in teaching syllabus. Therefore, students should be able to finish reading materials in a required time and fully comprehend it.

28 Chinese Social Customs

Objects: This course is specially for foreign senior majoring in Chinese. The students must have learnt some basic Chinese.

Objective and requirement: This course is a part of cultural education for foreign students. Through this course, students will learnt about Chinese lifestyle and have a better understanding of Chinese values and thinking pattern. It promotes the teaching of basic language and help to improve students’ Chinese as a whole.

After taking this course, students must have an overall understanding about Chinese customs, keep the key points in mind, and can put what they have learnt into the communication with Chinese. Students’ performance will be evaluated through curriculum discussions, quiz, tests, etc.

29 Selective Reading of the Famous Chinese Literature

Total class hours: 76

Objects:

1. Seniors majoring in Chinese

2. Students must reach at least the intermediate level in Chinese, have a general idea about Chinese history and master basic knowledge of ancient Chinese language.

Objectives and requirements: This course is to introduce some famous Chinese literature works to students and prepare them for further systematic study of Chinese literature. By understanding and memorizing of selected works, students can also improve their knowledge about this language and the ability to use it, because Chinese literature is relatively classical Chinese. With this purpose, a few well-selected works are to be learnt. The teachers and the students must cooperate with each other closely and analyze the selections carefully. Each selected writing piece is to improve students’ literary knowledge and language skills. Students should be required to memorize some of the excellent selected works.

30 Arts of Oral Expressions

Total class hours: 38

Objects: This course is for seniors majoring in Chinese. Students must have finished all the courses of the second year and be able to express their own ideas and emotions.

Objectives and requirements: After the students master the basic Chinese characters and grammar and can express themselves freely in Chinese, this course is to help them further improve their oral Chinese and try to communicate perfectly and flexibly. Through this course, they are expected to reach a higher level in Chinese.

31 An Introduction to Chinese Idioms

Total class hours: 38

Objects: 1. juniors majoring in Chinese 2. Students are required to have mastered the basic knowledge about phonetics, grammar and vocabulary and reached HSK-6.

Objective and requirement: Chinese idioms are special language phenomena. They are common and concise set phrases and expressions with deep meanings. Each idiom has its own fixed meaning and can not be understood by a simple combination of its characters. Idioms include Chinese idioms, proverbs, locutions and homophonic puns. Through this course, students are expected to learn the basic knowledge about Chinese idioms and have a further understanding of Chinese culture. Meanwhile, students are required to learn as many idioms as possible, so that their Chinese reading and speaking as well as the overall Chinese level will be improved respectively.

In order to learn Chinese idioms, students are required to master the following key points:

1. the definition and classification of idioms

2. the definition, features, origin, meaning and usage of idioms

3. the definitions and features of Chinese proverbs, locutions and homophonic puns.

32 The Brief History of China

Total class hour: 38

Objects: This is a knowledge course for the junior students in the sixth semester. All sophomore (or above) foreign students or students taking other majors (not history) can take this course. Students are required to have a relatively high Chinese level, and can write at least a 500-hundred-word paper in Chinese.

Objective and requirement: This course focuses on class teaching, and offers the students some visiting and researching programs. Students could get a general line and know something about Chinese history through the course. The course will introduce Chinese profound history and great civilization to students in order to deepen students understanding of China. Teachers should give students a brief but clear line of the history, introduce them a correct point of view, and offer them a comprehensive and concise knowledge of the history.

33 Trading Chinese

Total class hours: 38

Objects: The course is for juniors majoring in Chinese and other international students who have finished all the basic Chinese courses or have reached the same level in Chinese.

Objective and requirement: Trading Chinese is getting more and more popular in the modern world and this course is to meet international friends’ need to learn trading Chinese. It is a training of higher level for foreign students who have learnt basic Chinese and provides focused training of Chinese speaking skills which are needed in trading activities with China. Students are required to master the most commonly-used phrases and sentence patterns, cultivate the negotiating ability in international trade and gain a general view about the foreign trades in China.

34 Social Linguistics

Total class hour: 38

Objects: the senior students majoring in Chinese. The students are required to have the basic knowledge about the linguistics and a fairly good Chinese level.

Objective and requirement: Social Linguistics is a newly applied subject combined the Linguistics and Sociology. The students are required to learn the basic theories and researching methods, and master the basic knowledge about the social linguistics. Through this course, students are to understand the close relationship between Chinese and Chinese Social Linguistics and their research ability in social linguistics is to be cultivated, which lays sound and solid base for their future career connected with languages.

35 Function Words of the Modern Chinese

Total class hours: 38

Objects: This course is for foreign seniors majoring in Chinese and students are required to have learnt some basic Chinese and reached HSK5

Objective and requirement: Function words play an important role in various languages, especially in Chinese. Chinese is an analytic language and with no morphological sign, so function words carry an even heavier burden in organizing its grammar. Through this course, students are expected to master the usages of some modern Chinese function words and be able to use these words correctly, so that their Chinese level is to be improved.

36 Chinese Culture on Special Topics

Total class hours: 38

Objects: This course is for seniors majoring in Chinese. It is an optional course concerned with certain Chinese cultural topics.

Objective and requirement: This course, with the study and discussions about 9 different topics, is to help students master the basic concepts and knowledge in the aspect of Chinese culture and have an objective and visual understanding about different angles of Chinese culture. This course is to meet the need of cultivating talents specialized in Chinese.

37 Chinese Non-speech Communication

Total class hour: 38

Objects: a knowledge class offered for the senior students in the eighth semester. Students are required to have a relatively advanced language skill, can speak Chinese frequently and have certain background knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

Object and requirement: This elective course aims at helping the students to handle the different situations in their further translation, negotiation and diplomatic work, and eliminate the obstacles brought by the culture difference in communication. Students who take this course should pay much attention on practice. They are required to use what they learned in their daily life, or look for the answers to the questions and discuss in class.

38 Chinese Human Geography

Total class hours: 38

Objects: This is an optional course for foreign seniors majoring in Chinese Language. The formation of the colorful human geography resources in China is closely linked with its natural geography resources. This course has involved concerned knowledge about geography, so students are required to have master basic geographic knowledge, especially Chinese geography. Today’s Chinese human geography resources is actually originated from the 5000-year Chinese history, so students are also required to have mastered the basic knowledge about the overall Chinese history.

Objective and requirement: This course is different from the human geography course for Chinese undergraduates, since the teaching objects are international students. According to their study level, this course starts with some basic knowledge about China’s natural geography. After the students have mastered the basic knowledge, it will further focus on points of human geography. Through this course, students are expected to have a general view about Chinese human geography and be able to analyze the formation and distribution of Chinese human geography in different areas in the perspective of geography, which will lay sound and solid base of human geography for their future study and career.

39 Chinese Philosophy

Total class hour: 38

Objects: juniors majoring in Chinese

Objective and requirement: This course is to help students have a deeper understanding about Chinese culture. The study of Chinese philosophy is a necessary route for them to learn about Chinese culture.

In this course, students are required to master the basic knowledge and development line of Chinese philosophy, follow the traditional philosophical way of thinking and have a better understanding of the development of current Chinese society and the value of self-realization. Students who are to take this course must have the basic knowledge of Chinese history. 


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