CHIN 101: Chinese I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2022
Credits: 5
Total Contact Hours: 90
Lecture Hours : 90
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 180
District General Education: C2. Humanities
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

A course in elementary Chinese (Mandarin) grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation which aims at understanding, speaking, reading and writing simple Chinese and serves as an introduction to Chinese geography and culture. Corresponds to two years of high school study. 90 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Understand and interpret written and spoken Chinese on a variety of topics
  • Present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics
  • Examine Chinese practices, products, and perspectives
  • Use Chinese within and beyond the school setting

Major Course Content

  1. Introduction
    1. Explanation of course and procedures
    2. Phonetic alphabet
    3. Consonants, vowels, tones, and tone changes
    4. Initials b, p, g, k, h, l, n; finals a, o, u, ao, an
    5. Analysis of strokes, stroke order
    6. Culture: history of Chinese dialects
  2. Salutations
    1. Basic expressions: greetings
    2. Pronunciation: initial m, finals vo, ie, en
    3. Tones: neutral tones and half 3rd tone
    4. Word order
    5. The interrogative particle ma
    6. Characters for ni, hao, wo, hen, ye, ma, ne
    7. Culture: Further exploration of Chinese dialects
  3. Activities
    1. Expressions of activity
    2. Pronunciation: initials d, t; final ou, ang
    3. The four tones
    4. Sentences with an adjectival predicate
    5. Characters for ge, di, ta, mén, bù, máng, dou
    6. Culture: The Dynasties Sung, Chi, Liang ,Chen
  4. Identifications
    1. Identifying people
    2. Pronunciation: intitals zh, sh; finals i, iou, eng
    3. The four tones and neutral tones
    4. Characters for zhè, shì, bà, ma, péng, you
    5. Culture: The Dynasties Ming, Tang, Ching
  5. More identifications
    1. Identifying objects
    2. Pronunciation: initials zh, ch, sh, f; final ai
    3. Attributives showing possession
    4. Characters for de, shu, ta, na. che. dai, fu
    5. Culture: Communism in China
  6. Nationalities
    1. Stating nationality
    2. Pronunciation: initial r; finals ü, ei, ong
    3. Characters for shéi, lao, shi, na, guó, rén, hàn, yu
    4. Culture: Overseas China: Taiwan
  7. Geography
    1. Cities and countries
    2. Pronunciation: initial j; finals ing, ang, uang
    3. Personal, interrogative, and demonstrative pronouns
    4. Characters for kàn, shén, me, dì, tú
    5. Culture: Hong Kong and Macao
  8. Hospitality
    1. Welcoming; expressing courtesy
    2. Pronunciation: initials q, x; final in, ian, uan
    3. Combination of tones, tone changes
    4. Characters for qing he, chá, nín, jìn, huan, yíng, xiè, kè, qì, xi, yan
    5. Culture: Singapore and Southeast Asia
  9. Social situations
    1. Asking name, occupation, personal history
    2. Pronunciation: finals iao, uei, uai, uem, ue, ua, un
    3. Characters for xí, yuàn, wài, jiào, xìng, guì, sheng, xué, liú, wèn
    4. Culture: Overseas Chinese in Australia, Europe and the Americas
  10. Leave-taking
    1. Thanking and saying good-bye
    2. Pronunciation: initials z, c, s; finals i, er
    3. Characters for zai, zuo, er, su, she, zhu, duo, shao, hao, si, ceng, er, san, yi, wu
    4. Culture: Confucianism
  11. Telephoning, Directions
    1. Asking for phone numbers, directions, conversing
    2. on phone
    3. Pronunciation: initials z, c, s; finals ua, ia, iong
    4. Characters for shí, jiu, ba, qi, liù, xià, yng, xiàn, jiàn, zài, dian, huan, huà, bào, cí
    5. Culture: Buddhism
  12. Review
    1. Reviewing tones, sounds
    2. Reviewing phonetic spelling
    3. Reviewing grammatical structures
    4. Characters for ren, shi, xian, nu, ying, fa, cháng, qù

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Newspaper articles and short stories with appropriate level.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Students will need to write a few paragraphs describing themselves and their family members.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Students will need to watch short documentaries and films and write summaries. Students will conduct a series of on-line oral and listening comprehension exercises.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 6: Languages other than English