Chinese

Yale-NUS offers various courses in the Chinese Program. For specific questions about the courses, please contact the relevant faculty.

Faculty

Courses

For a list of courses taught this coming semester, please visit the OurCORS site. For a complete list of courses, see below.

YLC1201 Beginning Chinese 1

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): None

A Beginning Chinese course in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Modern Standard Chinese. The student will learn pinyin, basic grammar, and a limited set of characters to understand basic everyday conversations and elementary readings. The course is designed for the absolute beginners and intended primarily for  students with no previous exposure to Chinese and who are not of Chinese heritage.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Textbook (Paperback, Simplified) Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 9780887276385
Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Workbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified) Yao & Liu et al. Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 9780887276408

YLC1202 Beginning Chinese 2

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): Beginning Chinese 1 or equivalent; or with permission of instructor

This module is designed for (1) students who already possess some proficiency in spoken Chinese but no formal education in Chinese; (2) students returning from summer study abroad programs; and (3) Students who are not of Chinese heritage, with prior coursework in Chinese and wish to further develop their reading and writing skills in Chinese. Students will need to take a placement test prior to the beginning of the course.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Textbook, 3rd Edition (Traditional), Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 9780887276385
Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Workbook, 3rd Edition (Traditional) Yao & Liu et al. Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 9780887276408
Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Character Workbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified and Traditional) Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 9780887276484
Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Textbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified), Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 9780887276705

YLC2201 Intermediate Chinese 1

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): YLC1201 Beginning Chinese and YLC1202 Beginning Chinese 2 or equivalent; or with permission of instructor

This course is designed for students who completed the beginning Chinese sequence: YLC1201 and YLC1202, or have equivalent Chinese proficiency. It emphasises the ability to communicate and function accurately and appropriately in Modern Chinese. Students will need to take a placement test. The course aims to develop students by: (1) acquiring basic knowledge and communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Chinese; (2) gaining solid understanding of the cultural and social context of Chinese; (3) developing research skill to understand Chinese texts and culture by using Chinese input system and online dictionary, as well as useful online resources.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Integrated Chinese, Level 2 Part 1 Textbook, 3rd Edition (Traditional), Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 9780887276798
Integrated Chinese, Level 2 Part 1 Workbook, 3rd Edition (Traditional) Yao & Liu et al. Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2008 9780887276835
Integrated Chinese, Level 2 Part 1 Character Workbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified and Traditional) Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua Shi Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 9780887276859

YLC2202 Intermediate Chinese 2

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): YLC2201 Intermediate Chinese 1 or equivalent; or with permission of instructor

This course is designed for students who completed Intermediate Chinese 1 (YLC2201) or have equivalent Chinese proficiency. It emphasizes the ability to communicate and function accurately and appropriately in Modern Chinese. Students will take a placement test prior to the beginning of the course. The course aims for students to: (1) acquire basic knowledge and communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Chinese; (2) gain solid understanding of the cultural and social context of Chinese; (3) develop research skill to understand Chinese texts and culture by using Chinese input system and online dictionary, as well as useful online resources.

YLC3203 Advanced Chinese 1

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): YLC2201 Intermediate Chinese 2 or equivalent Chinese proficiency; or with permission of instructor

This course, together with Advanced Chinese 2, bridges the gap between our current offerings of intermediate- and advanced-level Chinese, serving students who have completed YLC 2202 or equivalent. It continues to develop students’ abilities in speaking, orally comprehending, reading, and writing modern Mandarin Chinese and, concomitantly, also serves to deepen students’ understanding of the social and cultural issues facing China today. Students will be routinely drilled in reading and writing throughout the semester. Systematic discussion, debate, and presentation provide students with ample opportunities to practice and enhance their newly acquired linguistic skills and oral fluency. Class instruction and discussion will be conducted only in Chinese.

YLC3204 Advanced Chinese 2

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): YLC3203 Advanced Chinese 1 or equivalent Chinese proficiency; or with permission of instructor

The course is the continuation of Advanced Chinese 1 and prepares students to take further courses in advanced-level Chinese. It is designed for students who have studied at least 2.5 years of Chinese at the college level to achieve greater proficiency in oral and written uses of modern Mandarin. The course further develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with particular emphasis on enhancing reading and writing abilities. It builds upon the foundations of Advanced Chinese 1 yet differs in giving the students increased exposure to authentic written (and audio-visual) materials that are not specifically designed for classroom learning.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Discussing Everything Chinese: A Comprehensive Textbook In Advanced Chinese Volume 2 Li-Li Teng Foti, Rongzhen Li, Yu-lin Wang CreateSpace 9781438285412
Anything Goes: An Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese (The Princeton Language Program: Modern Chinese) Chih-p’ing Chou (Author), Hua-Hui Wei (Author), Kun An (Author), Wei Wang Princeton University Press 978-0691153117
A Kaleidoscope of China: An Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese Chih-p`ing Chou, Jingyu Wang, Joanne Chiang & Hua-Hui Wei Princeton University Press 9780691146911

YLC3205 Advanced Readings in Chinese: Cinematic and Literary Texts

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): YLC3204 Advanced Chinese 2 or equivalent Chinese proficiency; or with permission of instructor

This course is designed to promote the development of critical Chinese reading and writing skills. It aims to further improve students’ Chinese skills in all aspects.

This course will cover the most representative prose writings in modern Chinese literary history by noted writers, and will give the students a unique opportunity to get access to the essence of Chinese cultures as well as the charm of the language itself. Students will be introduced to a few significant topics concerning Chinese culture and history written in different genres and styles by the major writers.

This course will also adopt a few contemporary Chinese films adapted from or based on Chinese literary works.

All the texts are original and unabridged. Vocabulary list will be provided with the texts. Class instruction and discussion will be conducted only in Chinese.

YLC3206 Advanced Readings in Chinese: Modern Chinese Literature

Instructor(s): Hu Jing

Pre-requisite(s): YLC3204 Advanced Chinese 2 or equivalent Chinese proficiency; or permission of instructor. A placement test is required before registration. Preclusion(s): Students who took the earlier version of YLC3202 Advanced Chinese: Readings in Modern Chinese Literature in AY2016-17 will not be allowed to take this course.

This course is designed to promote the development of critical Chinese reading and writing skills. It aims to further improve Mandarin Chinese skills in all aspects. Students will gain access to the essence of Chinese culture as well as the charm of the language itself through notable works of modern Chinese literature. They will be introduced to significant topics concerning Chinese culture and history written in different styles and genres. Most of the texts are original and unabridged written by well-known authors such as Yuan Qiongqiong from Taiwan; Xixi from Hong Kong and Mo Yan from mainland China.

Textbook:

Title Author Publisher ISBN
Masterworks Chinese Companion Qin-Hong Anderson Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston 2007 9780887274350


Textbooks

For course-specific textbooks, click on the course description above. For a complete list of course textbooks, please visit the textbook website.

Learning Goals

By completing the Chinese language sequence, students will be able to:

  • Understand main ideas in a variety of conversational settings
  • Read complex texts, from different genres and of different lengths
  • Speak fluently and clearly in the target language

Events

The Chinese Programme regularly organises activities on campus to promote Chinese language and culture. Sample events include the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Resources