Elementary Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners

Description: Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Recommended preparation: ability to speak and understand Mandarin or other Chinese dialects at elementary levels. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Designed for students who already have certain listening and speaking skills in Mandarin or other Chinese dialects at elementary levels. Training in all four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). P/NP or letter grading.

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Overall Rating 3.7
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Most Helpful Review
Sun Lao Shi is a wonderful teacher, despite her eyes beaming at you when you grammatically say something wrong at her. Overall my experience with her was wonderful. We had quizzes that were twice per week, every week and it correlates with the lesson every time. Each week is one lesson, so it's very structurally stable and efficient. She is always available for office hours and he lectures are quite entertaining for me. She teachers you a elementary understanding of Chinese culture and it is a efficient way to learn more into the Chinese language. However it is highly suggested that you have a strong background in Chinese languages. Either if you speak with your parents in Chinese almost every day or if you have Chinese classes in a younger age. The homework are easy and the essays are quite difficult, but are manageable. My advice is to constantly practice Chinese characters and prepare for the quizzes and tests. These are what makes up your overall grade in the class. I ended up with an A-. Furthermore, this class keeps you on track as long as you are willing to do the work. Let me tell you, I believed this was going to be an easy A for me, but I ended up doing work each day practicing Chinese about 30 minutes per day. Honestly, I did not worry too much in this class, but I worried enough to keep my A afloat. You just have to realize how to balance your major core classes with this foreign language requirement and remember, this course is offered on a time table. Fall is only Chinese 1...Winter is only Chinese 2....Winter is only Chinese 3. So plan ahead and make sure it doesn't interfere with your core classes...or hope hahaha
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