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CIKU 1: Elementary Chinese 1

CIKU 1: Elementary Chinese 1

This course will cover beginning communicative skills in Chinese, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will learn to pronounce Chinese (Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin) accurately. Students will develop confidence in interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive skills in both spoken and written Chinese. The curriculum includes a systematic introduction to the Chinese writing system. Students will learn to recognize and write Chinese characters accurately. Students will also learn the Pinyin system for reading and writing Chinese in the Latin alphabet. Through interacting with engaging, authentic materials and with native speaker instructors, the students will develop confidence in using Chinese in real world applications in culturally appropriate ways. 

The course will meet four hours per week. Homework will be assigned. To gain maximum benefit from this course, students are encouraged to attend all classes and complete homework and practice assignments outside of class. Although this is not a credit-bearing course, feedback and assessments will be given to help students evaluate their progress. A certificate of completion will be awarded to students who complete all requirements and achieve a satisfactory level on the assessments.


Duration: January 24, 2017 through May 4, 2017 (No class: March 21 or March 23 )

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15am to 10:15am

Class Location: University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Room: (to be announced)

Main instructor: Ruan Mengjie

Course Fee: $375.00




REQUIRED: Ning, Cynthia Y., & Montanaro, John S. (2012). Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture (Vol. Student Book 1). New Haven: Yale University Press.

(Amazon lists the publication date as 2011. This book comes with a code for access to online materials. The code may not work with used books.)


OPTIONAL (but very helpful) reference books:

Collins Chinese Concise Dictionary. (2006). New York: Harper Collins.

(or equivalent Chinese-English; English-Chinese dictionary)

Ross, Claudia, & Ma, Jing-heng Sheng. (2006). Modern Mandarin Chinese grammar : a practical guide. London ; New York: Routledge.

Encounters: Chinese Language and Culture, Character Writing Workbook 1, Cynthia Y. Ning & John S. Montanaro, 11th Edition, Yale University Press, 2011 (This has attractive illustrations on the etymology of characters, but it is not necessary.)

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