Beginner Chinese — Summer 2024

A summer course in Beginner Chinese

Protoclassic Staff
May 31, 2024

Course Code: CHI 201
Teacher: Rui Wu
Term: Summer 2024 (June 21-August 29)
Class Sessions: There will be no live classes during this period.

Assignments and Course Work

Major Projects

Students will complete three short essays in Chinese on depopulated sites or ruins in China, all to be delivered on July 5, July 19, and August 23, respecitvely.

Readings & Course Materials Level 2 Chinese Lessons 11-35.

Fang Ling. 我在中国的那些日子. Stories 1-4.

Grading & Assessment

Students will receive grades for each of their major projects. In class-performance will also be graded based on the following criteria.

  • Pronunciation (1 when student is impossible to understand to 10 for indistinguishable from a native speaker)
  • Fluency (1 for when student uses very slow and disjointed speech to 10 for easily completing proper sentences and moving on to next sentences)
  • Word Choice/Vocabulary (1 for inappropriate vocabulary usage, overly repetitive of simple words to 10 for sophisticated and nuanced usage of specific and natural vocabulary)
  • Preparation (1 for when student is completely unprepared to 10 when studennts made the absolute most effective use of class time)
  • Note: There will be no in-class portion of for this course

Target Audience and Prerequisites

This course is designed for Beginner Chinese students who have completed 1 year (or equivalent) of college Chinese and/or have been tested at or near CEFR A2 level proficiency. Students must prepare and/or bring their own textbook material.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will become comfortable participating in language situations frequently encountered by Beginner Chinese students.
  • Students will explore new ways to express themselves in Chinese.
  • Students will build habits of input leading to stronger listening and reading skills.



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