Wheaton College currently offers the following courses for Mandarin Chinese.
Featured Course - Chinese through Scripture
This course (CHIN 302) introduces students to basic Christian terminologies and statements in Chinese about God, Jesus, worship, and prayer. Cultural topics within a Chinese context are discussed in class from a Christian perspective. This course’s integration of faith and learning enhances students’ awareness of their own linguistic, cultural, and religious heritage and helps them learn to relate with respect and consideration for diverse backgrounds as enlightened citizens of the world and worthy representatives of Christ’s kingdom. Specially, students explore how learning Chinese can be a part of their fully assuming identity as redeemed and regenerated world Christians.
Specific course assignments include: Preparation of devotionals in Chinese; visits to Chinese churches; conducting an interview with a Chinese Christian; presentation of Bible stories from the book of John; reading short on-line news releases about Chinese Christians, creating a “Bible Scroll”, etc.
One student who has taken this course commented that the most valuable component of this course was giving him the tools to integrate his faith into his culture and began experimenting Christian discourse in Chinese. Another student commented that this class was incredibly valuable and he became conversant in the Gospel and Christian language in Mandarin—the application to personal life and evangelism was immediate. Students also said that having discussions about more complicated topics like Christianity helped them in their overall speaking ability in Chinese.
This course was initially inaugurated in fall 2012 as a 2-credit bridge course for students to take alongside the upper-division skill courses and as an elective for Chinese minor. After being offered another two times in fall 2013 and fall 2015 and due to students’ popular demand, this course has now been changed to a 4-credit course and will be offered again in spring 2017. This change will add more options to the current departmental minor and future major requirements.
Mandarin Chinese Courses at Wheaton College
- CHIN 101, 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese
- CHIN 201 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese
- CHIN 301 Chinese Character Acquisition
- CHIN 302 Chinese Through Scripture
- CHIN 331 Chinese Conversation
- CHIN 332 Chinese Composition
- CHIN 335 Business Chinese
- CHIN 337 Readings in Chinese Society and Culture
- CHIN 334 Chinese Civilization and Culture (in China)
- CHIN 338 Advanced Chinese in China (in China, Global Perspectives [GP])
- CHIN 341 Special Topics in Chinese Language and Culture (in China, Global Perspectives [GP])
See the Course Catalog for a list of all Chinese courses and their descriptions.
New Chinese Courses at Wheaton College
- CHIN 300 Chinese Grammar
- CHIN 380 Chinese Culture Through Films
- CHIN 390 Classical Chinese Poetry and Calligraphy
- CHIN 410 Modern Chinese Literature
- CHIN 494 Senior Seminar
- CHIN 410 Independent Study (2-4)
Nota Bene: New courses do not appear in the Course Catalog.
Mandarin Chinese Language Minor
Requirements: 20 hours beyond intermediate level. Required courses are CHIN 331 and 332. Study abroad is also required. Additional hours should be selected in consultation with a department adviser.