College Courses

 

Mandarin

MDN 100 Mandarin Chinese I (3)

This course introduces students to Mandarin Chinese, the language with the largest number of speakers in the world. This course will employ a comprehension-led approach to language learning in which students will first learn to understand concrete “here and now” language and then learn how to draw upon the language they can understand to express their own ideas using their own words. Students will learn the phonetic writing system for Mandarin called Pinyin. Students’ growing familiarity with Mandarin Chinese will be complemented by learning about Chinese culture.

MDN 101 Mandarin Chinese II (3)

This course is designed to enable beginning-level Chinese students to increase their ability to comprehend and produce spoken Mandarin. This course will employ a comprehension-led approach to language learning in which students will first learn to understand concrete “here and now” language and then learn how to draw upon the language they can understand to express their own ideas using their own words. Students will learn to read and write pinyin for new vocabulary as they acquire it, and they will learn to recognize beginning-level simplified Chinese characters. Students’ growing familiarity with Mandarin Chinese will be complemented by learning about Chinese culture.

Prerequisite(s): MDN 100 Mandarin Chinese I

MDN 200 Pre-Internship: Hong Kong (non-credit) ()

This course provides an opportunity to engage in a cross-cultural experience in an introductory English language teaching environment. The pre-internship typically focuses on teaching conversational English to adolescent ESL learners in a summer language camp setting. The teaching mostly happens in a formal teaching context but these are often supplemented by opportunities for less structured, out-of-classroom activities. Total teaching time will be around 100 hours, typically completed over a period of 4 to 5 weeks.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the program coordinator