MLCH 101 Elementary Chinese I (3 credits)
Elementary Chinese I is an introductory Mandarin course that helps students to establish a solid foundation in Chinese learning. It focuses on pronunciation, vocabulary building, grammar and basic communication skills. In this course, students will learn how to use a Chinese character keyboard as well as basic aspects of Chinese culture.
MLCH 102 Elementary Chinese II (3 credits)
Elementary Chinese II is the second course in the elementary Chinese sequence and focuses on verbal communication (daily conversations and business dialogs) and cultural understanding. While learning how to communicate with people in real-life situations, students will further improve their Chinese typing skills. Students will also learn about Chinese culture, history, and become familiar with some well-known stories.
MLCH 201 Intermediate Chinese I (3 credits)
MLCH 201 follows the elementary Chinese sequence and focuses on verbal and written composition skills. While learning how to communicate with people in more depth, students will further improve their Chinese composition skills. This course will also expose students to Chinese business culture and expand business vocabulary.
MLCH 202 Intermediate Chinese II (3 credits)
In this course, students will build up enough vocabulary to listen to simple news broadcasts and understand simple TV dramas with some translation help. Also, students will be able to express more thoughtful opinions on topics such as "Which one do you prefer and why?" "What do you think of A and B" etc. Meantime, students will be exposed to a wider range of business vocabulary and culture situations that will prepare them for more advanced Chinese lessons or for their future career. After Intermediate Chinese II, students are expected to build up around 1,000-1,200 vocabulary words.
MLCH 205 Chinese Language Immersion (3 credits)
With a theoretical and hands-on approach, this intermediate course offers the opportunity for students to increase all four language skills (aural-oral/reading/writing/grammar) while at the same experiencing the culture firsthand. Students will attend classes every day and will visit various sites under the supervision of the Bentley Modern Language Faculty. These visits will offer students a chance to appreciate the history and culture of China. This course will fulfill the same requirements for the Modern Language intermediate course depending on language placement. Therefore, it can fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement, or the LSM Global Perspective language requirement, as well as Modern Language Chinese minor requirements.
MLCH 398 Experimental Course in Chinese (3 credits)
PREQ: MLCH 202 or permission of instructor.
Experimental courses explore curriculum development with specific content intended for evolution into a permanent course. A topic may be offered twice before it becomes a permanent course. Students may repeat experimental courses for credit with a different topic.
MLCH 401 Directed Study in Chinese (3 credits)
Permits students to do special studies in language, literature or culture not offered as a departmental course.
MLCH 402 Seminar in Chinese (3 credits)
PREQ: Open to heritage or near native Chinese speakers.
This course brings together advanced and native speakers of the same language to engage in the study of a selected topic using a critical lens of analysis.
MLCH 404 Chinese/English Interpretation (3 credits)
PREQ: Native or near-native Chinese-English speaker or permission of the instructor.
Advanced Chinese for heritage and native Chinese speakers whose English skills are at minimum near-native. This course will help develop students’ listening comprehension skills, reading skills, note-taking skills and verbal interpretation skills in both languages. Students will practice and accumulate vocabulary for verbal interpretation in a variety of situations, such as a social event, business meeting, reception, legal courtroom or a company tour.