Mandarin Courses

Wheaton College currently offers the following courses for Mandarin Chinese.

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  • CHIN 101, 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese. Beginning Chinese with emphasis on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. Laboratory practice.
  • CHIN 201 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese. Reading, composition, and conversation with emphasis on the culture of China. Laboratory practice. The general education foreign language competency requirement is met by passing the final exam of this course. Prerequisite: successful completion of CHIN 102, a sufficient placement or SAT II test score, or permission of the instructor.
  • CHIN 301 Chinese Character Acquisition (2). This course introduces all the basic component parts of Chinese characters and teaches how characters vary as they are combined. Through parsing characters into their component parts, understand their historical meaning, and identifying their pronunciation hints, students are equipped to recognize, write and remember characters more efficiently as well as increase their vocabulary greatly.  This course can be taken alongside a Chinese language course at the intermediate level or above.  Prerequisite: CHIN 201, competency equivalent or permission of instructor. 
  • CHIN 302 Chinese Through Scripture (2). Introduction to Chinese bible and its translation on selected readings.  Basic Christian terminologies and statements in Chinese about God, Jesus, worship, and prayer.  Discussions on cultural topics within a Chinese context from a Christian perspective.  Students practice on character recognition and oral communication through reading of the Bible.  This course can be taken alongside a Chinese language course at the intermediate level or above. Prerequisite: CHIN 201, competency equivalent or permission of instructor. 
  • CHIN 331 Chinese Conversation (4). Intensive practice in oral communication and listening comprehension with emphasis on natural spoken expression based on audio materials, videos, and readings of authentic texts.  Students will also develop reading and writing skills through expanding their learning additional Chinese characters.  Pre-requisite: Chinese 201 or completion of competency requirement in Chinese at Wheaton College.
  • Chinese 334 Intro to Chinese Culture (2). Students gain their initial understanding of Chinese customs and cultural essence prior to or during their trip to study in China.  With a special emphasis on comparing and contrasting, this course examines both the similarities and differences of the East and the West to help students get a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture as well as their own cultural heritage. Daily journaling is required with some suggested reading materials. Offered in China or on campus.  Pre-requisite: Acceptance into Wheaton-in-China program or permission of instructor.
  • CHIN 335 Business Chinese (2).  This course introduces Chinese communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) used in various business situations. Students build vocabulary and social awareness via business websites and documents and practice communicative skills through simulations and related business tasks. Students will also gain understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the Chinese business context. This course can be taken alongside a Chinese language course at the intermediate level or above.  Pre-requisite: Chinese 201, competency requirement or permission of the instructor.
  • CHIN 332 Chinese Composition (4).  Students learn punctuations, sentence and paragraph structures, and the basics of Chinese literary styles such as narrative, description, exposition, argument, correspondence, etc.  This course emphasizes writing practices as well as group discussions, presentations and oral compositions. Pre-requisite: Chinese 201, competency requirement or permission of the instructor
  • CHIN 337 Readings of Chinese Society and Culture (4).   Selected readings of authentic texts on topics of Chinese culture, contemporary Chinese life, and social issues as well as from various literary works.  Dual emphasis on language learning and building of cultural awareness.  Students will expand their reading vocabulary, increase their reading speed, and improve their reading comprehension through class participation, presentation and discussion.  Pre-requisite: Chinese 201, competency requirement or permission of instructor.
  • CHIN 338 Advanced Chinese in China.  Development of oral proficiency.  Immersion experience and practice on culture and language. Grammar, conversation, and composition taught by native speakers in a Chinese university setting. Course content and level variable. Offered in China only. Pre-requisite: Acceptance into Wheaton-in-China program or permission of instructor.
  • CHIN 341 Special Topics in Chinese Language and Culture.  Further development of oral proficiency.  Immersion experience and practice on culture and language. Advanced grammar, conversation, and composition taught by native speakers in a Chinese university setting.  Course content and level variable. Offered in China only.  Pre-requisite: Acceptance into Wheaton-in-China program or permission of instructor.