North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chinese Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

CHI 101 Elementary Chinese I (3.00)
Introduction to the basic structure of Chinese language. Pronunciation and tonal accuracy are strongly stressed, with gradual development of communication skills and verbal fluency. About 400 Chinese characters are mastered by the end of the Elementary Chinese sequence.

CHI 102 Elementary Chinese II (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary Chinese I.

CHI 103 Elementary Chinese III (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary Chinese II.

CHI 105 Chinese Culture and Society (3.00)
A study of the cultural and social structures that have historically defined Chinese civilization and continue to shape the contemporary Chinese experience with regard to areas such as family, ritual, art, politics and economics. Course taught in English.

CHI 201 Intermediate Chinese I (3.00)
Continued development of verbal communication skills, with introduction of proverbs and idioms. Writing skills are emphasized; 500 new characters are learned by the completion of the Intermediate sequence. Students are exposed to important cultural aspects of the Chinese language.

CHI 202 Intermediate Chinese II (3.00)
A continuation of Intermdiate Chinese I. Core: Humanities.

CHI 203 Intermediate Chinese III (3.00)
A continuation of Intermediate Chinese II.

CHI 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHI 310 Exploring China Through Film (3.00)
This course draws upon the rich tradition of Chinese cinematography to explore major cultural themes, such as the family structure, parent-child relationships, the evolving role of women, gender issues, and other profound development taking place in contemporary Chinese culture. Repeatable with different topics.

CHI 311 Exploring Chinese Through Popular Culture (3.00)
A cultural approach to the survey of significant production in recent Chinese film, music, popular literature and other forms of mass media. Repeatable with different topics.

CHI 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHI 410 Communication and Composition (3.00)
Focuses on continued development and expansion of vocabulary, oral proficiency, and writing skills. Students read, discuss, and summarize texts.

CHI 411 Chinese for Professional Settings (3.00)
Development of linguistic and cultural skills related to the professional use of Chinese, focusing on the special forms of interaction required for success in business communication. Repeatable with different topics.

CHI 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.