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Courses


COURSE LIST FOR 2017-18

The course numbers in this list are consistent with those of Hamilton College.  Please be sure to check with your department chair and with your registrar’s office to make sure that these course numbers will be accepted for credit by your home institution. Courses will alternate depending on the year.

Chinese 200 and 220
Intermediate Chinese I and II

Students learn basic grammar and practice communicative skills by studying a variety of topics involving the lives and culture of Chinese people.

Textbooks:  Crossing Paths: Living and Learning in China, An Intermediate Chinese Course (Hong Gang Jin, De Bao Xu, Derling Chao, Yeafen Chen, and Min Chen; photography by Laurie A. Wittlinger, Cheng &Tsui Company, Boston, 2003, with CD).

Chinese 290
Conversation and Composition

Focus on oral and written communication, formal presentation, and argumentation in Chinese through readings, class discussion, and oral and written reports.  Four hours of class with additional tutorial and lab work. 

Textbooks: Shifting Tides: Culture in Contemporary China, An Intermediate Chinese Course (Hong Gang Jin and De Bao Xu with Songren Cui, Yea-Fen Chen, Yin Zhang; photography by Laurie A Wittlinger, Cheng &Tsui Company, Boston, 2003, with CD); Selected teaching materials compiled by ACC instructors from magazines, newspapers and journals focusing on contemporary topics.

Chinese 295
Readings and Discussion

Focus on study and analysis of cultural readings in Chinese as a basis for advanced grammar in context and vocabulary building.  Four hours of class with additional tutorial and lab work. 

Chinese 300
Advanced Chinese I: Contemporary China

Students study Chinese language and culture from television reports and interviews and discuss current social and cultural issues in China.  For students enrolled in courses 300 and above, there is special emphasis on helping students produce paragraph-level language that deals with various kinds of content and helps students express abstract ideas and develop strategies for independent learning.

Textbook: Selected teaching material compiled by ACC instructors from magazines, Internet, newspapers, and journals focusing on contemporary topics.

Chinese 310
 Advanced Chinese II: Contemporary China

Continuation of Advanced Chinese I through readings and discussions of selected texts.

Textbook: Chinese Break-through: Learning Chinese Through TV and Newspapers (Hong Gang Jin, De Bao Xu, and John Berninghausen; Cheng &Tsui Company, Boston, 1995, with CD, video and audiotape)

Chinese 320
Chinese Mass Media

Students study journalistic structures and styles from Chinese newspaper articles and television reports.

Textbook:  Chinese Break-through: Learning Chinese Through TV and Newspapers (Hong Gang Jin, De Bao Xu, and John Berninghausen; Cheng &Tsui Company, Boston, 1995, with CD, video and audiotape).

Chinese 330
Topics on Modern Chinese Society

Students study Chinese essays, journal articles and films produced in the PRC. Through readings and discussions, students are encouraged to enhance their communicative skills by exploring, questioning and developing an awareness of contemporary China.

Textbooks: China Scene: An Advanced Multimedia Course (Hong Gang Jin, De Bao Xu and James Hargett, Cheng &Tsui Company, Boston, 2000, with CD, video and audiotape.

Chinese 340
Advanced Readings and Discussion

Students study various topics dealing with China through readings and discussion.

Textbooks: Learning Chinese through film script reading and discussion: To Live; Eat, Drink, Men, Women; In the Days of Being Wild; Shower, etc. (ACC).

Chinese 400
Changing Face of China

Through selected articles from Chinese journals and magazines, students examine aspects of the changing face of China.

Textbook: selected teaching materials compiled by ACC instructors frommagazines, the Internet, newspapers and journals focusing on contemporary topics.

Chinese 420
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture I

Students study movies, television plays and short readings in modern Chinese literature.  Student discussion focuses on the cultural and literary content of the readings.

Textbooks: selected teaching materials compiled by ACC instructors frommagazines, the Internet, newspapers and journals focusing on contemporary topics.

Chinese 440
Introduction to Classical Chinese

Students are introduced to the basic structure and usage of classical Chinese by reading short selections in classical Chinese literature.

Textbook: selected teaching materials compiled by ACC instructors frommagazines, the Internet, newspapers and journals focusing on contemporary topics.

Chinese 450
Advanced Readings and Discussions II

Students read modern newspaper and magazine articles and discuss current affairs.

Textbook: selected teaching materials compiled by ACC instructors frommagazines, the Internet, newspapers and journals focusing on contemporary topics.

Chinese 480
Current Issues: Advanced Readings and Discussion

Students study current issues in China through readings and discussion based on newspapers, magazines and television reports.

Textbook:  Current Issues in China:  A Study Guide for Current Television Reports (Hong Gang Jin, De Bao Xu, and Qunhu Li); Selected Readings from current Chinese newspapers and journal articles (ACC).

Chinese 485
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture II

Continuation of Chinese 420.Further study of Chinese literature and culture through modern short stories, novels, films, and plays.

Textbooks:  Selected Readings from Modern Chinese Short Stories  (Nai-ying Yuan and Hai-tao Tang, Chinese Linguistics Project, Princeton University); Selected Readings from Contemporary Chinese Literature (ACC); Say it Nicely: A Study Guide  (ACC); Vocabulary and Notes to Be Jin’s Jia  (Cornelius C. Kubler, Cornell East Asia Series); Thought and Society  (The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei); Shi Changzhang:  Materials for Advanced Chinese Conversation  (Cornelius C. Kubler).

Chinese 490
Advanced Readings in Classical Chinese Literature, History, and Philosophy

Students continue their study of ancient China through selected readings in classical Chinese literature, history and philosophy.

Textbooks:  Selected Literary Works from the Tang and Song Dynasties (Nai-ying Yuan and Hai-tao Tang; Chinese Linguistics Project, Princeton University); Selections from Classical PhilosophicalTexts (Nai-ying Yuan, Hai-tao Tang, and James Geiss; Chinese Linguistics Project, Princeton University).

*Please note: Some textbooks are used more than once as different parts of the book are covered in different courses.

Contact Information


Associated Colleges in China

Christian A. Johnson Hall
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4326 315-859-4222 acchina@hamilton.edu
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