CHI 1130   Fall, 2010
Classrooms: Pd.3:  LIT  0117
Pd.4LIT  0119                 

Course Objectives
CHI1130 is designed for students studying Chinese (Mandarin) as a second or ‘acquired’ language.  Students will build their vocabulary and become familiar with basic sentence structures.  In addition, students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are expected to carry out real  life communication at an elementary level upon completion of this course (two semesters). Culture embedded in the language will also be introduced.
To be more specific, students will attain approximately the Novice-High level on the ACTFL/ETS proficiency scale:
Listening: Able to understand short, learned utterances and some sentence-length utterances, particularly where context strongly supports understanding and speech is clearly audible.  May require repetition, rephrasing and/or a slowed rate of speech for comprehension.
Speaking: Able to satisfy partially the requirements of basic communicative exchanges by relying heavily on learned utterances but occasionally expanding these through simple recombination of their elements.  Can ask questions or make statements involving learned material.
Reading: Where vocabulary has been learned, can read for instructional and directional purposes standardized messages, phrases or expressions, such as some items on menu, schedules, timetables, maps, and signs.
Writing: Able to write simple fixed expressions and limited memorized material and some recombinations thereof.. Can supply information on simple forms and documents.

Tao-chung Yao and Yuehua Liu:  Integrated Chinese (Level I, Part I). Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company 2009, 3rd edition
Vol. 1 Text      Lesson 1-8 will be covered this semester.
Vol. 2 Character Workbook 
Vol  3 Workbook
The books are available at  Campus Bookstore
Recommended References
Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary ,  Oxford University Press, 1986
Far East Chinese-English Dictionary ,   NY:  US International Publishing Inc. 1992
Far East  English-Chinese Pinyin Dictionary,  NY: U.S. International Publishing Inc, 2004 (

Audio Files

Audio files accompanying the textbook and workbook are available online at
you can also access through the instructor’s homepage or the elearning website.

Course Requirements

I. Prerequisite
No Prerequisite.

This course is designed for students with no prior Chinese background. 
Anyone who has the abilities in listening, speaking, reading and/or writing Chinese (Mandarin) will have to take a placement test to be placed into the approprite class level. 

II Attendance
Since this is an intensive course, and language learning is a cumulative process, it is essential for students to come to  class and practice their Chinese everyday.  Students are allowed to have four unexcused absences.  Each additional unexcused absence after the 4th  will result in 1 point deduction from the  final score.  
Please be punctual.  If you are late to class, you will not be given extra time to complete the exams and quizzes.  If you are more than 5 minutes late three times without your instructor's consent, they will be counted as absence.  If you are more than 30 minutes late, it will be considered as one absence. If you leave 10 minutes earlier before the class is over without your instructor’s permission, it is counted as one absence as well.
You may be excused from the class only if you provide documented evidence, such as a note  from the doctor, accident report, receipt for car repair etc.
If you are late or miss class for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor or ask your classmates to know what you have missed and what you need to do.

III. Participation
Students will be judged by their daily performance in class.  Students are expected to preview lessons, and  prepare for classroom activities.   Since this is a 5 credit course, students are expected to study for at least 2 hours every day.  Sleeping, talking, or doing homework during the class is considered as disengaged from class activities. Any absence is considered as no participation on the absent day.  Grading criteria for class participation will be on an 8 point scale:

  8  = excellent performance (including excellent preparation of the Situational Responses);  high level of fluency and accuracy

         7  = very good /strong performance (including very good preparation of the Situational Responses);   with some minor weak areas; memorized most materials; no need to refer to textbook

         6  = good performance (including full preparation of the Situational Responses); with some weakness; memorized some materials; occasional need to refer to textbook

         5  = fair performance (including partial preparation of the Situational Responses); weak in major area; memorized only limited materials; frequent need to refer to textbook

 4  = poor performance (including very limited preparation of the Situational Responses); weak in most area, refer constantly to textbook

 3 = completely unprepared or disengaged from class activities (no preparation of the 
        Situational Responses.

0   =  absent; or  any interrupts to the lecture

Students are encouraged to participate in Chinese Conversation Hour during the semester. 0.2 points per session will be added to the final score.  Students can receive up to 1.00 point for the semester. 

Important Classroom Etiquette:

During class please do not eat or chew gum and also turn off all electronic devices—Cell phones, computers, PDAs, I-pods, etc.
If Students use any of the above devices she/he will be asked to leave.

IV. Homework
All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. If homework is turned in at the end of class, it will be checked but not graded. No homework will be accepted after the due dates indicated on your assigment sheet. Any missing homework assignments will be graded as 0.  In case you must miss class on the day that an assignment is due, turn it in  ahead of time.

V. Quizzes & Tests 
Students are required to take online quizzes on Sakai E-learning website.  No.make-up for any on-line quizzes.  It is the student's responsibility to find a working computer to take the online quizzes. You can do the online quizzes at the language lab (M-F, 1317 Turlington).  In-class quizzes will be given from time to time.  The instructor will announce quiz date in class in advance.  Normally, there will be a test after every two lessons.

Saiki E-learning
Saiki E-learning is an online Course Management System (CMS) to support study in and outside of class. Students are required to check the E-learning CMS for the weekly course schedule, class and homework assignments, online quizzes and Chinese Hour schedule.  

Make-up Policy
  1. Make-up tests, quizzes, homework, and oral presentations (individual and group) are onlystrictly to those with valid proof of illness, emergency and approved school activities. Official proof must be provided for the exact absent day. Pre-arranged make-ups are only for official activities, not for personal activities.
  2. In addition to an official document, the instructor must be contacted by email before the class time and a make-up section must be scheduled within three class days after the student’s return to class. It is important not to miss the group presentations as other members in the group can be affected. Also see Attendance.
Chinese Speaking Policy in Class
You are required to speak only Chinese in class.  You will sign an honor pledge  regarding speaking only Chinese in class.  You will have to ask permission to speak English, if it becomes absolutely necessary.

Academic Honesty
Cheating will not be tolerated. Any students found in violation of the student honor code will be reported to university officials. Please refer to the University of Florida Student Honor Code.


Class attendance & participation     8%                                                  

Online Quizzes

In-Class Quizzes

Homework  10%

Lesson Tests (Lesson 7 Test is 5%)

Speaking Test & Class Oral Presentations

End of Semester Group Oral Presentation  10%

Final 20%

93  -  100  = A          
90  -  92    = A

87  -  89    = B+       
83  -  86    = B            
80  -  82    = B
77  -  79    = C+        
73   - 76    = C            
70  -  72    = C-
67  -  69    = D+        
63   - 66    = D            
60  -  62    = D
59 or less   = E

IMPORTANT NOTE: A grade of  C or better is considered a passing grade.  Students receiving grades below C(includingC-,D+, D, D- and E) will not be permitted to move on to CHI1131 Beginning Chinese 2.

Special Request
Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office.  The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the students who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when request accommodation.