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Apr 21
2018

Simon Fraser University

TCSL Programs in Canadian Universities

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Name of the Institute

Simon Fraser University

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Chinese Program

 

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Programs on Campus

Fall Program
Spring Program
Summer Program

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Program in China

None

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Director/ Coordinator

Professor Robert Gordon

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Yearly Enrolment

About 400 students

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Chinese Instructors

Faculty Members: 3
Full-time Instructors:
Part-time Instructors: 1

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Teaching Assistants

Full-time:
Part-time: 2-3 depending on the semester

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Curricular

Fall Program, 1st Term: CHIN100, CHIN101, CHIN200, CHIN300, CHIN151, CHIN330, CHIN180, CHIN181, CHIN 190, CHIN 290

Spring Program, 2nd Term: CHIN100, CHIN101, CHIN201, CHIN111, CHIN152, CHIN330, CHIN 280, CHIN 281, CHIN 191, CHIN291, CHIN 390

Summer Program on Campus: CHIN100, CHIN101, CHIN112, CHIN153

Summer Program in China: none

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Textbooks

Let’s Learn Chinese, Books I, II, III, IV
Developing Chinese Elementary Comprehensive Chinese I.
Developing Chinese Intermediate Speaking I, II.
Integrated Chinese Level 2, part 2.
Learning to Speak Mandarin.
Business Chinese for Success.
Chinese Curriculum Book I
A Primer For Advanced Beginners of Chinese I, II

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Degree Offered

Chinese Certificate

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Events/Activities

 

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Contact Information

Billie_ng@sfu.ca
Cynthia_xie@sfu.ca
Jia_fei@sfu.ca

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Course Descriptions

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I
CHIN 100 is designed for learners who have no background or prior learning experience in Mandarin Chinese and who will learn Mandarin as a foreign language. 
CHIN 101 - Mandarin Chinese II
This course is a continuation of CHIN 100. There is equal emphasis on all skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lessons also include explorations of Chinese values and customs. Upon completion of CHIN 101, you will be able to converse effectively on daily themes such as leisure activities, making phone calls, asking for directions, likes & dislikes etc. You will learn another 200+ Chinese characters.
CHIN 180 - Intensive Mandarin Chinese for Beginners I
This course is the first part of a series of intensive Mandarin Chinese course designed for students learning Chinese from scratch. Emphases are placed on mastering Mandarin Chinese Phonetics (articulation, tones and modulations of tones) and acquaintance with Chinese characters.  Basic grammar, everyday conversation topics and Chinese communication style are also introduced. Classes meet 8 hours a week for six weeks followed by a final examination.

CHIN 181 - Intensive Mandarin Chinese for Beginners II
This course is a continuation of CHIN 180-3. With communicative classroom activities and on-line practices/exercises, the course seeks to help students develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to conduct daily conversation in simple Chinese, and to read and write short passages. Classes meet 8 hours a week for six weeks followed by a final examination.

Two New Courses:
CHIN 111 - Introduction to Mandarin Chinese and Society I. This course is designed for learners with no prior experience or knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, and especially for those students who need to travel or live in China. Emphasizes are placed on functional and life-skill based language in situational contexts.
CHIN 112- Introduction to Mandarin Chinese and Society II. This course is a continuation of CHIIN111 that is designed for learners who have had very basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese, and especially for those students who need to travel or live in China. It introduces current expressions, idioms, and aspects of lives of the young generation, and provides a broad and comprehensive overview of the sociocultural environment of contemporary Chinese society.
CHIN 151 - Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects I
This course is designed for speakers of a Chinese dialect other than Mandarin, e.g., Cantonese. Learners will come to the course with no ability in spoken Mandarin, but some command of Chinese reading and writing. By the end of CHIN 151 you will be able to use spoken Mandarin at a basic level.

CHIN 152 - Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects II
This course is designed for speakers of a Chinese dialect other than Mandarin, e.g., Cantonese. Learners will come to the course with novice level proficiency in spoken Mandarin and a good command of Chinese reading and writing. By the end of CHIN 152 you will have improved your pronunciation and aural comprehension of spoken Mandarin and have enhanced your conversational skills.

CHIN 153 - Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects III
This course is a continuation of CHIN152 in spoken Mandarin which is designed for speakers of Chinese dialects (i.e., Cantonese). It aims to further develop learners’ skills to communicate effectively in paragraph length discourse in both informal and formal settings. The course also introduces formal and idiomatic expressions in Mandarin, up-to-date business vocabulary, social etiquette and negotiation tactics. In this course, students are encouraged to express their interests and opinions on a variety of topics (social, academic, business) through serious and thought-provoking class discussions and presentations.

CHIN 190 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese I
This course aims to develop Chinese-heritage students’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese, with an emphasis on reading and writing. By the end of the course, students are expected to master Hanyu Pinyin,, and have a good command of Mandarin pronunciation. Students will learn about 300 Chinese characters, know basic sentence patterns, and gain basic reading and writing skills in Chinese.
CHIN 191 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese II
This course is a continuation of CHIN 190. By the end of the course, students are expected to have an active vocabulary of 600 Chinese characters, have a good command of basic grammar and basic reading and writing skills in Modern Chinese. Students will also learn about Chinese history, geography, folktales, customs and cuisine through text and supplementary reading materials to build up their knowledge of Chinese culture.
CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III
CHIN 200 continues to improve and strengthen students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Upon completing the course, you will be able to exchange ideas and opinions comfortably in daily conversation, read simplified stories, and know how to use 350 new Chinese words in both speaking and writing.
CHIN 201- Mandarin Chinese IV 
An intermediate course in spoken and written Mandarin, this course continues the focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing that was adopted in CHIN 100, 101, and 200. Students will continue to build proficiency in all four skills. You are expected, by this level, to be competent enough to work independently in acquiring vocabulary and Chinese characters. By the end of the course, you will have strengthened both your written and spoken communication skills. You will have developed functional skills in Mandarin e.g., using a Chinese word processor, letter writing, reporting in Chinese etc.
CHIN 280 -Intensive Mandarin Chinese for Beginners III
This course is a continuation of CHIN181-3. It further develops all of the four language skills in Chinese.   The course will help students acquire more vocabulary, sentence patterns and syntax with an emphasis on the development of learning strategies. Additional audio-visual materials and online exercises will supplement the course program. Classes meet 8 hours a week for six weeks followed by a final examination.

CHIN 281 - Intensive Mandarin Chinese for Beginners IV
This course is a continuation of CHIN280-3. It is designed to facilitate further development of conversational, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese. Basic core of China’s culture, geography as well as ethical values are gradually introduced through text materials. By the end of this course, students are expected to have low intermediate level of proficiency in Chinese. Classes meet 8 hours a week for six weeks followed by a final examination.

CHIN 290 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese III
This course is a continuation of CHIN 191-3. It continues to develop students’ communicative competence in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese, with an emphasis on reading and writing. Classes are conducted entirely in Chinese. Intermediate level materials introduce the basic core of China’s culture and Chinese ethnical values. This course also gradually exposes students to some selected texts of literary interest. By the end of the course, students are expected to have an active vocabulary of approximately 1100 Chinese characters.

 

CHIN 291 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese I
This course is a continuation of CHIN 290. Building upon the foundation laid by previous courses, this course continues to develop students’ communicative competence in Chinese. By the end of the course, students are expected to expand their active vocabulary to 1,400+ Chinese characters, and understand more complicated grammar and idiomatic expressions. Through readings in Chinese history, mythology and philosophy, students are also expected to gain deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

CHIN 300 - Mandarin Chinese V
This course is a continuation of CHIN 201. This intermediate-level course aims to enhance and further improve learners’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, building on their two years of fundamental studies in Mandarin. The foci of this course are to build up learners’ vocabulary, to train listening and reading strategies, and to share information on current Chinese values and customs.

CHIN 330 - Intermediate Chinese for Business I
This course is designed for students of intermediate to advanced levels who want to further improve their language skills with an empahsis on commercial interactions and business-related activities in or with contemporary China.  It introduces specialized terms and expressions in business contexts. 

CHIN 390 – Advanced Chinese Reading (online course)
CHIN 390 introduces specialized technical vocabulary, terminology and sentence patterns used in scientific and technical documents for students with intermediate level Chinese to improve their reading skills. Practical technology-focused reading, writing and discussion will be organized to build up students’ comprehensive abilities.

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Research projects

Blended instructional model
Flipped classrooms

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Changes and challenges for the Chinese programs

  1. Placement.
  2. Student Retention.
  3. Lack of multimedia teaching resources.
  4. Lack of support for development of teaching resources.