Courses

Chinese Courses

CHIN 1, Elementary Chinese
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

Beginner's course in grammar, composition, and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
CHIN 1A, Elementary Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

Beginner's courses. (Especially recommended for students starting the study of Chinese for the first time.) Grammar, composition, and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 1A+1B = CHIN 1

CHIN 1B, Elementary Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 1A or demonstration of CHIN 1A exit skills.

Beginner's course, especially recommended for students starting the study of Chinese for the first time. Grammar, composition, and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 1A+1B = CHIN 1

CHIN 2, Continuation of Elementary Chinese
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 1 or 1B or demonstration of CHIN 1/1B exit skills.

Second semester course in Mandarin grammar, composition, and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese language and culture.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
CHIN 2A, Continuation of Elementary Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 1 or 1B or demonstration of CHIN 1/1B exit skills.

Continuation of the study of grammar, composition, and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 2A+2B = CHIN 2

CHIN 2B, Continuation of Elementary Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 2A or demonstration of CHIN 2A exit skills.

Continuation of the study of grammar, composition, and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 2A+2B = CHIN 2

CHIN 3, Intermediate Chinese
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 2 or CHIN 2B

Grammar, composition and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin. Understanding of Chinese culture. Not for speakers of Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
CHIN 3A, Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 2 or CHIN 2B

Grammar, composition and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin. Understanding of Chinese culture. Not for speakers of Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 3A+3B = CHIN 3

CHIN 3B, Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 3A

Grammar, composition and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin. Understanding of Chinese culture. Not for speakers of Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 3A+3B = CHIN 3

CHIN 4, Continuation of Intermediate Chinese
Lec-87.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 3 or CHIN 3B or demonstration of CHIN 3 or 3B exit skills

Intermediate grammar, composition and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin. Understanding of Chinese culture.

UC/CSU
Units: 5
CHIN 4A, Continuation of Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 3 or 3B or demonstration of CHIN 3/3B exit skills.

Grammar, composition and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding
Mandarin. Understanding of Chinese culture.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 4A+4B = CHIN 4

CHIN 4B, Continuation of Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 4A or demonstration of CHIN 4A exit skills.

Continuation of intermediate grammar, composition and reading. Practice in speaking and understanding Mandarin. Understanding of Chinese culture.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

CHIN 4A+4B = CHIN 4

CHIN 10A, Beginning Conversational Cantonese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

Beginner's course in Cantonese. Extensive oral training in Cantonese. Emphasis on practical vocabulary and idiom rather than on formal grammar and literature. Students will learn tone and markings rather than Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for all beginning students. Not recommended for native speakers of Cantonese.

CHIN 10B, Continuation of Beginning Conversational Cantonese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 10A or demonstration of exit skills

Second semester course in Cantonese. Continuation of extensive oral training in Cantonese. Emphasis on practical vocabulary and idiom rather than on formal grammar and literature. Students will learn tone and markings rather than Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3

Not recommended for native speakers of Cantonese.

CHIN 10C, Intermediate Conversational Cantonese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 10B or demonstration of exit skills

Third semester course in Cantonese. Continuation of extensive oral training in Cantonese. Designed for students who wish to continue acquiring more advanced skills of the spoken language with a minimum of formal grammar. Students will learn tone and markings rather than Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3

Not recommended for native speakers of Cantonese.

CHIN 10D, Continuation of Intermediate Conversational Cantonese
Lec-52.5 Lab-17.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 10C or demonstration of exit skills

Fourth semester course in Cantonese. Continuation of extensive oral training in Cantonese. Designed for students who wish to continue acquiring more advanced skills of the standard spoken language with a minimum of formal grammar. Students should have command of tone and markings, rather than Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3

Formerly Intermediate Cantonese

CHIN 12A, Beginning Conversational Mandarin
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

Extensive oral training in Mandarin. Emphasis on practical vocabulary, pronunciation, and idiomatic usage. Designed for students who wish to acquire basic skills of spoken Mandarin rather than reading and writing in Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3

Not recommended for native speakers of Mandarin nor to speakers of other Chinese languages. These students should consider CHIN 14A, Conversational Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects: Level I.

CHIN 12B, Continuation of Beginning Conversational Mandarin
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 12A or 1A or demonstration of CHIN 12A or 1A exit skills.

Second semester course. Continuation of Beginner's course in Mandarin. Extensive oral training in Mandarin. Emphasis on practical vocabulary, pronunciation and idiomatic usage. Designed for students who wish to acquire basic skills of spoken Mandarin rather than reading and writing in Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 12C, Intermediate Conversational Mandarin
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 12B or CHIN 1 or CHIN 1B or demonstration of exit skills

Third semester course. Continuation of extensive oral training in Mandarin. Emphasis on practical vocabulary, pronunciation and idiomatic usage. Designed for students who wish to acquire more advanced skills of spoken Mandarin with a minimum of formal grammar rather than reading and writing in Chinese characters.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for all students with limited background in Chinese. Not recommended for native speakers of Mandarin.

CHIN 14A, Beginning Conversational Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: Oral fluency in at least one Chinese dialect other than Mandarin.

The first third of the beginner's course in Mandarin for students who speak another dialect of Chinese. Emphasis on pronunciation and fundamental vocabulary, using Pinyin. Designed for students who wish to acquire basic skills of spoken Mandarin rather than formal grammar and literature.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for all beginning students of Mandarin who can speak at least one Chinese dialect and for students who have some knowledge of Chinese. Not recommended for native speakers of Mandarin.

CHIN 14B, Conversational Mandarin for Other Dialect Speakers
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 14A or demonstration of exit skills

Continuation of oral training in Mandarin. Emphasis on practical vocabulary, pronunciation and idiomatic usage. Designed for students who wish to acquire basic skills of spoken Mandarin rather than formal grammar and literature.

CSU
Units: 3

Requires an additional 1 hour.

CHIN 14C, Advanced Conversational Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 14B or demonstration of CHIN 14B exit skills

Extensive oral training in advanced Mandarin. Emphasis on advanced expressions and idiomatic usage. Designed for students who wish to continue acquiring skills of spoken Mandarin at an advanced level rather than formal grammar and literature.

CSU
Units: 3

Recommended for all students who can speak at least one Chinese dialect or students who have some knowledge of Chinese. Not recommended for native speakers of Mandarin. May not be offered every semester.

CHIN 30A, Advanced Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 4 or demonstration of oral fluency in a Chinese dialect (including standard Mandarin) and knowledge of 450 Chinese characters

Intermediate training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading and composition. Linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, essays and compositions.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 30A, Mid-Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 4 or demonstration of oral fluency in a Chinese dialect (including standard Mandarin) and knowledge of 450 Chinese characters

Mid-intermediate training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading, speaking, and composition. Linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, and compositions.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 30B, Continuation of Advanced Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 30A or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: CHIN 4 or demonstration of oral fluency in a Chinese dialect (including standard Mandarin) and knowledge of 550 Chinese characters

Continued intermediate training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading, speaking and composition. Increased linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, essays and compositions.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 30B, Continuation of Mid-Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 30A or demonstration of exit skills

Continued mid-intermediate training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading, speaking and composition. Increased linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, and compositions.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 30C, Advanced Intermediate Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 30B or demonstration of CHIN30B exit skills

Advanced intermediate training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading and composition. Linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, essays and compositions.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 31A, Pre-Advanced Mandarin Chinese for BilingualStudents
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: Oral fluency in at least one Chinese dialect other than standard Mandarin and knowledge of approximately 600-800 Chinese characters.

Intensive training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading, speaking, and composition. Linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, essays and compositions. Close to pre-advanced training in written and spoken Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

Chinese 31A is not a prerequisite for Chinese 31B. These courses may be taken non-sequentially. These courses are designed for bilingual students who are effective in oral communication in at least one Chinese dialect other than standard Mandarin, but need formal training in both receptive and productive skills in Mandarin.

CHIN 31B, Continuation of Pre-Advanced MandarinChinese for Bilinguals
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: Oral fluency in at least one Chinese dialect other than standard Mandarin and knowledge of approximately 600-800 Chinese characters.

Intensive training in written and spoken Mandarin with emphasis on reading, speaking, and composition. Increased linguistic ability in both English and Chinese are used as a basis for increasing vocabulary and enhancing reading and writing skills through short stories, poems, essays and compositions. Pre-advanced training in written and spoken Mandarin.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

Chinese 31A is not a prerequisite for Chinese 31B. These courses may be taken non-sequentially. This course is designed for bilingual students who are effective in oral communication in at least one Chinese dialect other than standard Mandarin, but need formal training in both recptive and productive skills in Mandarin.

CHIN 32, Chinese Grammar and Chinese Culture
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 14A or CHIN 14B or CHIN 14C or CHIN 31A or CHIN 31B or demonstration of equivalent language skills ADVISE: Oral fluency in a Chinese regional language including Mandarin and an intermediate-high reading and writing comprehension in Chinese

Advanced review of grammatical structures and discussions on various aspects of Chinese culture and customs as manifested through the Chinese language.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 33, Chinese Culture for Heritage Learners
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CHIN 14C or CHIN 31A or CHIN 31B or demonstration of CHIN 14C or CHIN 31A or CHIN 31B exit skills or oral fluency in at least one Chinese dialect including standard Mandarin

A consideration of the humanistic tradition of China and the major achievements of Chinese culture as reflected in language, literature, art, craft and daily life. Taught in Chinese.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 36, Chinese Idioms and Proverbs
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHIN 14A or CHIN 14B or CHIN 14C or CHIN 31A CHIN 31B or demonstration of equivalent language skills ADVISE: Oral fluency in a Chinese regional language including Mandarin and an intermediate-high reading and writing comprehension in Chinese

An in depth study of Chinese idioms and proverbs, which are closely linked with Chinese mythology, history, literature, philosophy and moral teaching. They are still commonly used in vernacular Chinese writing and in the spoken language today. The course is designed for heritage learners.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 38, Translation Foundation in Chinese
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ: CHIN 4 or CHIN 14A or CHIN 14B or CHIN 14C or CHIN 31B or CHIN 32 or CHIN 33 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: Fluency in at least one Chinese regional dialect including Mandarin, and an intermediate high reading and writing comprehension in Chinese.

Focused training in written translation of English to Chinese and vice versa through comparison and contrast of English and Chinese grammar and authentic sentences and short passages guided by basic written translation principals.

CSU
Units: 3
CHIN 39, Major Achievements of Chinese Thought and Culture
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A consideration of the humanistic tradition of China and the major achievements of Chinese culture as reflected in language, literature, art, religion and daily life.

UC/CSU
Units: 3

No knowledge of Chinese required. Not recommended for students who are enrolled in or who have completed CHIN 49.