Chinese (MLCH)

MLCH 101 Elementary Chinese I     (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with no prior experience studying Chinese or less than one year of high school study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in basic conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on practicing words, phrases and simple sentences using practical vocabulary andbasic grammatical structures. Students will be exposed to basic cultural practices employed by native speakers in order to understand appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to Chinese culture. By the end of the course, students will be able to express basic needs and personal preferences and ask and answer simple questions both orally and also in writing.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLCH 102 Elementary Chinese II     (3 credits)

MLCH 101

This course is designed for students who have taken one or two years of high school Chinese or one semester of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to understand and participate in conversations on familiar and everyday topics. There will be an emphasis on expanding vocabulary related to familiar and everyday topics and on how to speak about present and past events. By the end of the course, students will be able to express, ask about, and react to preferences, feelings, and opinions through a series of connected sentences both orally and also in writing. They will also be able to rehearse appropriate interpersonal behaviors and communicative practices unique to Chinese culture.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLCH 201 Intermediate Chinese I     (3 credits)

MLSP 102 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken three years of high school Chinese or two semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar topics. They will learn how to express, ask about, and react with some detail to preferences, feelings, or opinions on familiar topics by creating multiple, connected sentences both in writing and also orally. Emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary and building competencies to communicate in various time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level and make comparisons between different cultural practices related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLCH 202 Intermediate Chinese II     (3 credits)

MLCH 201 or permission from instructor.

This course is designed for students who have taken four years of high school Chinese or three semesters of university study. Through a communicative-based approach, students in this class will learn to participate in sustained spontaneous spoken conversations on familiar situations at school, work, or play. They will learn how to exchange information on a variety of topics through the use of topic-specific vocabulary and a series of complex, connected sentences. Emphasis will be placed on increasing reading comprehension and written expression using grammatical structures in a variety of time frames. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with native speakers on a functional level, show an interest in basic cultural similarities and differences, use appropriate learned cultural behaviors, and avoid major social blunders.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

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.

LSM: GP

MLCH 398 Experimental Course in Chinese     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: 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.

Focus: INTL

MLCH 402 Seminar in Chinese     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: 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.

Focus: INTL

LSM: GP

MLCH 404 Chinese/English Interpretation     (3 credits)

Pre-Req: 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.