Elementary Modern Chinese

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Liancheng Chief See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.6 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.3

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Chief lao shi's classes come with a very lenient grading structure, so getting a good grade is very easy. As long as you keep up with the material and utilize the textbook, it is no problem getting at least an A in this class. Chief laoshi will also answer any questions and is usually pretty helpful in his answers.

Fall Quarter 2020
Michelle Fu Smith See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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very helpful teacher with many office hours before tests, but not very helpful to those who speak the language. don't go to office hours or ask her questions if you know how to speak even a bit of chinese

i thought her reading comprehension of her tests were a bit unfair b/c you can argue the T/F both ways, but you will always lose, so no point arguing.

March 28, 2007
Yu-wen Yao See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.7

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There's really not much to say about the professor, except that she's really good at teaching and that the grade distribution really is that good.

Of course, Chinese is a memorization-heavy language, and there's no getting out of that. That said, the workload isn't too bad: about 4 hours a week of outside study should be more than enough. It's really intimidating at first, but just push through during the first 2 weeks and study for the class.

In terms of course logistics, you will need THREE textbooks: the Textbook, the Workbook, and the CHARACTER Workbook. Homework is graded on effort, and in-class assignments are basically graded on effort, although if you repeat the same mistakes you will be docked points. You will have to pick either Simplified or Traditional and stick with it. Lecture and Discussion attendance are MANDATORY, but if you show up to them, they're free points. If you don't, you'll hurt your grade pretty badly. Also, as a heads up, lectures routinely go overtime, so keep that in mind when planning coursework

Quizzes form the bulk of your grade, and generally involve you transcribing what Yao Laoshi says into Chinese-both into characters and pinyin. They're graded very generously. Exams are actually decently difficult as they're purely written and you have to memorize many radicals, but they're not worth that much of your grade (like 30% total).

By the way, the cutoff for an A appears to range from 93 to 95%. 93% is reasonable, but 95% is actually much harder to get than it seems.

Basically, show up, care about the class, do your work (it's really clear what you're assigned to do), and you should do fine

Fall Quarter 2020
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