Curriculum Overview 

With nearly a billion speakers, Chinese is the language spoken by the most people on earth. The ability to speak this language has never been more valuable, as growing interest in China is matched only by its growing influence.

The Chinese Program offers Franklin & Marshall students excellent opportunities to learn the Chinese language, study its history, and experience the beautiful and unique Chinese culture.

In this program, students will receive intensive language training in the classroom and the learning experience will be greatly enhanced by after-class activities such as individual sessions with native speakers, culture-related activities, field trips and opportunities for study abroad.

Students enjoy optimum opportunities to develop and practice their speaking, writing and listening skills. Faculty recommend two consecutive years of study to develop fluency and to obtain a solid understanding of the history and culture of China. Students in the Chinese Language Program have recently studied abroad with the Alliance for Global Education program in Shanghai.

An Area Studies minor in Asian Studies (China) may be arranged by contacting Hongchang Yao, Director, Chinese Language Program.

Courses Offered

 

A list of regularly offered courses follows. Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.

101. Elementary Chinese I.

Introduction to contemporary Mandarin within its cultural context. Developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. For students with no previous training in the language. Offered every Fall.     
Yao

102. Elementary Chinese II.

Continued development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin in a cultural context. Prerequisite: CHN 101 or permission of the instructor. Offered every Spring.     
Shuai, Niu

201. Intermediate Chinese I. (NW) (LS)

Continued development of contemporary Mandarin listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a cultural context, including continued practice in reading and writing characters. Prerequisite: CHN 102 or permission of instructor. Offered every Fall.    
Shao, Niu

202. Intermediate Chinese II. (H) (NW) (LS)

Continued development of contemporary Mandarin listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a cultural context, including continued practice in reading and writing characters. Prerequisite: CHN 201 or permission of instructor. Offered every Spring.    
Shao, Niu

235. Mystery of Chinese Characters. (NW)

This course is designed for students who have had some Chinese language learning experience understanding the basic knowledge of pronunciation, structure and formation of Chinese characters, and wish to learn more about Chinese Characters from a historical and systematic perspective and the rich culture they represent. Prerequisite: CHN 101.                     
Yao (not offered in 2018-2019)

301. Upper Intermediate Chinese I. (H) (NW) (LS)

This course is for students with at least two years of prior classroom experience in Chinese. It is designed to further develop students’ overall Chinese proficiency and expand their knowledge of Chinese culture through reading and discussing culturally relevant newspaper and magazine articles about current affairs in China. Development of spoken and writing skills will be further reinforced through oral presentations and essay writing. Prerequisite: CHN 202.    
Yao

302. Upper Intermediate Chinese II. (H) (NW) (LS)

This course is a continuation of CHN 301 which is designed to further develop students’ overall Chinese proficiency through reading and discussing culturally relevant newspaper and magazine articles about current affairs. Development of reading and writing skills will be further reinforced through oral presentations and essay writing. Prerequisite: CHN 301 or permission of instructor.    

Shao, Niu