Chinese I

Chinese I provides basic communication skills in Modern Standard Chinese. This course is designed for students with little or no prior experience in the Chinese language but who are interested in learning the basics of Chinese language and culture. Throughout the course, students are expected to develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. However, the emphasis in this course will be on building students’ communicative competence. Students will be able to communicate verbally in Chinese within given situations. This is a three credit-hour course; satisfactory completion of the course requires passing a midterm and a final exam.


Course Information

Identify and use basic features of the Chinese language. 

Bloom’s level 1

Create fundamental conversations under specific life circumstances. 

Bloom’s level 6

Analyze and outline cultural differences and similarities. 

Bloom’s level 4

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.


4 Year Public Research University #1

4 Year Private Research University #1

4 Year Private Research University #2

4 Year Public research University #2

 Language Levels and Skills

Entry level comprehensive language skills, with emphasis on oral EnglishIntermediate low- to mid-levels, comprehensive language skillsEntry level, with emphasis on Pinyin, basic reading and writing skillsEntry levelNovice-mid level

 Module  Type

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)Face-to-Face Learning EnvrionmentFace-to-Face Learning EnvrionmentFace-to-Face Learning EnvrionmentCombination of face-to-face and online learning platform

Multimedia and Critial Thinking Assignment

3 (using multimedia such as drawing pictures, creating flyers and etc. to review vocabulary)1 (reading Chinese for fun)N/AN/AN/A

 Summative Assignment

17 (creating dialogue in daily life)N/AN/AN/AN/A


55 quizzes (55 lessons); 15 summative quizzes (15 modules)
1 midterm;
1 final exam
Vocabulary quizzes, unit tests, mid-term and final examClassroom performance, oral report, review tests, final oral interviewQuizzes, exams, finalMore than 50 quizzes, texts for each chapter


N/A3 CompositionsN/ALanguage LabLanguage and computer lab

Lesson Features

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We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

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Toolbox Resources

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