Course Summary
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4 Weeks (160 Hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 4 Chinese language


The course objective is to enhance students' higher level reading comprehension by exploring level 3/3+ authentic Chinese editorials/commentaries on a variety of topics such as environment, culture, society, medicine, diplomacy, economics, and technology. Students will be able to analyze an editorial and answer questions about the writer's intent, tone, and organization of the text by providing details and justification for their answers. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary China.

Learning Outcomes:

  • interpret author's intent and detect author's tone through discourse analysis (e.g. identifying and analyzing rhetorical devices)
  • identify and critique statements that carry loaded language
  • formulate an outline to explore the logic in the author's argument
  • evaluate sociocultural components in the editorial using critical thinking skills
  • analyze written texts and evaluate contextual and implied meaning of texts in relevance to a variety of topics
  • integrate information learned in the lesson by completing pedagogical and real life tasks
  • produce an accurate, detailed summary of authentic Chinese editorials/commentaries at level 3 or higher with 85% accuracy

General Topics:

  • Introduction to Chinese editorials/commentaries
  • Beijing besieged by waste
  • Cultural tourism
  • Foreign holidays
  • Medical disputes
  • China's foreign minister
  • Sino-American relations
  • Foreign investment
  • The purchase of Hollywood
  • Internet celebrity
  • Final project/presentation
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Written Papers
  • class participation, daily online assignment

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials