Chengdu, China
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Chengdu Courses - 2019 Summer Session I

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II (Session II students taking Intensive Chinese language as one of their courses may enroll in six credits). At least one 3-credit course is required in each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Chinese Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to four credits of Chinese taught in each session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 12 students each. Higher levels are available for advanced level speakers.

Session I and Session II

Chinese Culture Studies and International Relations

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. Liang wu Yin | University of Mount Union

Course offered:

Session II:

Professor Karen Zandarski | California State University, Stanislaus

Course offered:

Karen Zandarski is a lecturer for the English department at CSU Stanislaus in the heart of California’s Central Valley where she teaches composition and TESOL classes. She has been teaching full time for the last three years after spending twenty-five years in the marketing world.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese.

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Advanced Chinese II

Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.

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Ancient Chinese History

Summer Session II (History; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will be a survey of China’s history from the birth of civilization up to the modern era. We will examine the evolution and development of tradition, culture, philosophical thought, political organization, social structure, economic institutions, religious practice, and foreign relations in China. We will also compare social institutions and technological developments as they emerged in China and the West.

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Chinese Calligraphy

Summer Session II (Art, Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)

This course is designed for foreign students who are interested in Chinese calligraphy. In this class, general knowledge of Chinese calligraphy will be introduced, and basic techniques will be taught. The purpose of this course is not to make the students to be outstanding calligraphers, but to help them learn the basic skills of Chinese calligraphy step by step.

Chinese calligraphy, as one of the most glorious traditional arts in China, is the unique artistic form of Chinese characters. By using a writing brush, Chinese calligraphy expresses the writer’s learning and cultivation, thoughts and feelings, and character and ideology through the changing movements of dots and lines.

Chinese calligraphy has a long history of over 3000 years. It embodies the five thousand–years Chinese cultural accumulation and reflects Chinese philosophy and incorporates the aesthetic properties of Chinese music, dancing and painting etc.

"If you don’t understand Chinese calligraphy, you would not have a thorough understanding of Chinese culture." In view of the above-mentioned characteristics of Chinese calligraphy, we offer this course. By introduction its development history, culture origins, style and skills, especially through plenty of practice, we aim at making students develop a deeper understanding of the basics of traditional Chinese culture

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Chinese Language and Society

Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

Although English remains the global language in the world, Chinese is now fast spreading and challenging its domination. Where does the Chinese language come from? Who invented this unique language? From historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, this course is designed to examine the history and development of the Chinese language. Important topics such as the ancient Chinese (on oracle bones), the old Chinese, the middle Chinese, the modern standard Chinese (from Nanjing Mandarin to Beijing Mandarin), as well as various dialects will be investigated throughout the course. No prior knowledge in the Chinese language or history is required.

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Elementary Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Chinese II

Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese.

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Government and Politics in China

Summer Session I (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will be a brief survey of the government and politics of China. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese society from 1949 to the present. Chinese history, culture, social and political system will be introduced in this class. Methodology includes introduction, discussions, analysis, comparison and seminars. Students are encouraged to be critical and analytical based on the understanding of their own.

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Intermediate Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese.

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Intermediate Chinese II

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese.

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Introduction to Chinese Language I

Summer Session I (100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (100-level; 1 credit)

The objective of this course is to help beginning Chinese speakers function in a Chinese speaking society. Subject and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study reflects what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be a paramount to s student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation on class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome.

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Modern Chinese Culture and Society

Summer Session II (Anthropology, Chinese, Sociology; 200-level; 3 credits)

The course aims at providing a compendium of the contemporary Chinese culture and society by means of a descriptive and analytic survey of chosen topics. While focusing on the cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, the course also presents and analyzes various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective so as to enable students to have a better understanding of the evolution of and interactions between the Chinese culture and society.

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Sichuan Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Cuisine is a very important part of Chinese culture. In this course, we will introduce the history and development of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis Sichuan Cuisine. In addition to the classroom lectures, the course will focus on how to cook using traditional methods. This class includes lectures, field trips to local markets. Most importantly, students are taught how to make eight dishes and one desert that incorporate traditional flavors. These methods can be used to make many other dishes. Learn how to make eight dishes and one desert. After the class, students should be able to making the dishes independently.

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Tai Chi

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

As part of the program, you will have the opportunity to practice Tai Chi two hours each week. Tai Chi is the traditional Chinese martial art which is used by many Chinese today to stay physically fit, and which provides insights on the culture and philosophy of the Chinese.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Summer Session II (English, General Education; 400-level; 3 credits)

Participants will build a foundation in theories of language learning. They will learn how to design lessons for children and young adults that use a communicative, interactive approach and will micro teach those lessons in class. They will investigate, critique, and use a variety of EFL materials. They will explore opportunities for teaching EFL as well as the international role of English and sociopolitical factors that affect English language learning in other countries.

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