Instructor: Leonard  Zeng
Class Meeting Time: TH 05:25 PM-08:00 PM
Class Meeting Room: BEC Room 403

Fairleigh Dickinson University
School of History, Political & International Studies
CHIN 1101, Section 51, Elementary Chinese I, Fall Semester 2009

Another objective is to develop the discipline required to learn Chinese. The successful study of Mandarin demands a considerable amount of dedication on the student's part. Lack of such dedication not only hurts the particular student's progress, but can also affect morale and progress of the entire class. Therefore, in order to ensure that your venture into this new and challenging world will prove fruitful, rewarding, and enjoyable, it is very important to follow the class rules as outlined below and to devote a part of your time each day to practicing the skills needed to learn Chinese.

Textbooks:   Chinese Link Elementary Chinese level I Part I Simplified Character Version

This course is designed for beginners. The goals of this course are to learn the sound system of Mandarin Chinese by using Hanyu Pinyin and the writing system of Chinese characters. The course will emphasize communicative activities and stress the learning of both receptive and productive skills. By the end of the course, students are expected to be modestly proficient in the use of the vocabulary of approximately 400 words, to know how to use the basic grammatical structures, and to know how to read and write approximately 200 characters.
Class Procedures:

1.  Attendance. Attendance at class meetings is crucial. Students should keep in mind that part of their grade is based on attendance and that absences count against them regardless of the reasons. Students are expected to arrive on time, each absence and cut class (absent after class break) will reduce the final grade.

2.  Preview and review the lessons by listening to the CD and list my online posting before and after classes.

3.  Quizzes. Quizzes may be conducted before each presentation in the class and a quiz after each lesson. There will be no make-up quizzes or quizzes taken in advance, unless the student has a legitimate reason and informs the instructor in a timely fashion. 

4.  Homework. Homework format as follows:
    I) Listening and reading comprehension Exercises.
    II) Oral Exercises. Imitate Textbook CD or my podcasting, Read the textbook Dialogue and answer the questions in Chinese.
    III) Character Exercises.
5.   in the event an outbreak H1N1 occurs, our class will be conducted by using Blackboard, email, online chatting/conference.
Late homework will be corrected, but no credit will be given for it.

Evaluation Criteria:

In-class Performance 15%
Homework     20%                      
Quizzes 15%       
Attendance                 10%
Oral interview/ project         15%
Final Exam                 25%