Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Chinese Courses - Summer 2014

Five College – Mount Holyoke Summer Language Courses

Questions about these courses? Contact the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages at fclrc@hfa.umass.edu or 413-542-5264.Ready to register? Registration through Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education is now open.


Summer Session 1: May 27 - July 2, 2014


Elementary Chinese I

Instructor: Zhijun Wang
Course Dates:  May 27 – July 2, 2014
Course Meeting Location: Mount Holyoke College
Class Meeting Times:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Credits: 4
Tuition: $1200
This intensive course introduces Mandarin Chinese and emphasizes development of oral proficiency as well as gradual acquisition of reading and writing skills. By the end of the semester, students will achieve: 1) ability to distinguish, to pronounce, and to write accurately all the individual syllables in the phonetic romanization system (Hanyu pinyin) of modern standard (Mandarin) Chinese;  2) ability to communicate effectively with the basic sentence patterns and vocabulary words introduced in the course; 3) ability to converse on simple topics with considerable accuracy and fluency; 4) ability to recognize/write approximately 350 characters and to read passages in the simplified character form; 5) ability to write sentences and short paragraphs related to real life.

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Summer Session 2: July 8- Aug 13, 2014


Elementary chinese II

Instructor: Yu Liu
Course Dates: July 8- Aug 13, 2014
Course Meeting Location: Mount Holyoke College
Class Meeting Times:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Credits: 4
Tuition: $1200
This intensive course continues from Elementary Chinese I. Its goal is to lay a good foundation in Chinese for further study and strive for a well-rounded development of communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese. It provides basic training on pronunciation and tones, character recognition and production skills, syntactic structures and usage, and high-frequency vocabulary words. By the end of the term, students will achieve: 1) ability to converse in Chinese with normal speed, consolidated and accurate pronunciation and tones; 2) ability to communicate effectively with longer sentences and short paragraphs (or short discourses); 3) ability to recognize/write approximately 610 characters (350 from First Session+260 from Second Session) and to read passages in the simplified character form; and 4) ability to write paragraphs or even short essays related to real life. Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese I or the equivalent.

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