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Courses & Placement

At the URI Chinese Summer School we take great care to place you into the course level which is best for you. On the day of arrival, all participants, except true beginners take a placement test. This is followed by a brief oral interview if necessary.

Offered May 19 - June 13, 2013 at the University of Rhode Island

 

  • CHN 111 Intensive Elementary Chinese I (4 credits) This course is designed for participants who have not previously studied Chinese.  It is a comprehensive first semester course.  You will work on all four skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  By the end of the course, you will be able to understand and respond appropriately to basic questions and statements in Chinese and you will be able to read and react to a variety of basic Chinese-language texts.
  • CHN 113 Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (4 credits) This course is designed for participants who have completed the equivalent of one year of college Chinese.  You will work on all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  By the end of this course you will have acquired the essential skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. You should be able to understand Chinese that is spoken at moderate conversational speed and that deals with everyday topics and be able to engage in simple conversations with speakers of Chinese in everyday situations. You should be prepared to read non-technical Chinese of moderate difficulty on various aspects of Chinese culture and you should be able to write simple sentences correctly on the topics presented in the text.
  • CHN 215 Intensive Conversation and Composition I (4 credits) This course is designed for participants who have completed approximately four semesters of college Chinese.  In this course, you will be working on all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Intermediate level grammar topics will be reviewed and advanced-level grammar structures will be introduced and practiced. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to understand the main idea of complex texts, be able to write in present, past and future tense on a range of subjects.
  • CHN 315 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 credits) is an advanced Chinese course with CHN 206/216 as prerequisite, which aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between Chinese language and culture, knowledge that will enhance their understanding of contemporary Chinese culture and society. It also helps to develop students' ability to comprehend and express complex ideas in both spoken and written forms, acquire strategies of cross-cultural communication and critically think on a range of cultural and social issues concerning contemporary China.
  • CHN 485 Chinese Studies Seminar (4 Credits) is the second part of an 8-week intensive summer advanced Chinese literature course focusing on major modern and contemporary Chinese writers and their works. It aims at building on and consolidating the work completed in previous Chinese studies and introducing students a range of literary writings by master writers from the early 20th century to the middle of 20th century. Students will view the related films for background information and to reinforce their reading and discussion. On completion of this course, in addition to their improved modern Chinese language skills, students should have a better understanding of what constitutes the Chinese ethos formulated by the Chinese people through their own reflections on the merits and faults of Chinese culture and civilization.

Offered June 14 - July 14, 2013 at Zhejiang University

  • CHN 112 Intensive Elementary Chinese II (4 credits) This course is designed for participants who have completed one semester of college Chinese and is the continuation of Chinese Summer School course CHN 111.  It is a comprehensive second semester course.  You will work on all four skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Upon successful completion you will have acquired the basic skills to communicate your thoughts and ideas in spoken and written Chinese. You will also learn about Chinese cultures. (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of CHN 111 or permission of director)
  • CHN 114 Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (4 credits) This course is designed for participants who have completed approximately three semesters of college Chinese and is the continuation of Chinese Summer School course CHN 113 By the end of this course you will have acquired the essential skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese.  You should be able to understand Chinese that is spoken at moderate conversational speed and that deals with everyday topics and be able to engage in simple conversations with speakers of Chinese in everyday situations. You should be prepared to read non-technical Chinese of moderate difficulty on various aspects of Chinese culture and you should be able to write at the paragraph level. (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of CHN 113 or permission of director)
  • CHN 216 Intensive Conversation and Composition II (4 credits) This course is designed for participants who have completed approximately five semesters of college Chinese and is the continuation of Chinese Summer School course CHN 215.  You will be working on all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  You will read more complex texts.  Writing is at the short essay level.  (Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHN 215 or permission of director)
  • CHN 316 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (4 Credits) is an advanced Chinese course with CHN 305/315 as prerequisite, which aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between Chinese language and culture, knowledge that will enhance their understanding of contemporary Chinese culture and society. This course provides opportunities for students who are interested in the issues of today China to understand of the social, cultural, economic and political environment in China. Students will learn the extensive knowledge of Chinese society through newspaper reading materials and research projects.
  • CHN 486 Chinese Studies Seminar (4 Credits) is the second part of an 8-week intensive summer advanced Chinese literature course focusing on major modern and contemporary Chinese writers and their works. It aims at building on and consolidating the work completed in previous Chinese studies and introducing students a range of literary writings by master writers from the middle 20th century to the present 21st century. Students will view the related films for background information and to reinforce their reading and discussion. On completion of this course, in addition to their improved modern Chinese language skills, students should have a better understanding of how the Chinese people in their use of language, in their faith, beliefs and philosophical inquiry.

 

 

Attn: engineering students

 

Earn 3 additional engineering credits (ISE 240/391) with coordinated afternoon and weekend facility tours while in China. Learn more!

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