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Fall 2019 Course Offerings

普渡大学言文化学院 2019 年秋季中文



CHNS 101---Chinese Level I     TBA   
(4 credits; five hrs/wk M-F 9:30 and 10:30
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese. 

CHNS 102Y---Chinese Level II        TBA
Continued work on Mandarin Chinese (prerequisite: CHNS level I or equivalent).
Only distance option available

CHNS 201---Chinese Level III      Alice Wang
(4 credits; five hrs/wk; M-F 10:30 and 11:30)
Continued work on Mandarin Chinese (prerequisite: CHNS level II or equivalent). 

CHNS 285A---Chinese Calligraphy      Ai-jen Wann
(1 credit; two hours/wk W 4:30-6:20)
An introduction to the graceful art of writing Chinese characters. This course is intended to be the introduction to a two part sequence (the Spring semester will be more advanced). NO PRIOR EXPOSURE TO THE CHINESE LANGUAGE WRITING SYSTEM IS ASSUMED

CHNS 281A---Special Topics: Introduction to the Chinese Food Culture Part I                   Aijen Wann
(3 credits, MWF 2:30- 3:20 )
Introduction to the food culture of China. This class will study Chinese gastronomy including food history, production preparation, festivals and healthy diet. Discussions will also include gastronomy and civilization, food as cultural diplomacy and Chinese food concept outside of Chinese speaking regions.  All readings are in English.  NO PRIOR EXPOSURE TO THE CHINESE LANGUAGE IS ASSUMED.

CHNS 301---Chinese Level V      Zhengyu Tang
(3 credits; three hrs/wk; MWF 1:30pm)
Continued work on Mandarin Chinese (prerequisite: CHNS level V or equivalent) 

CHNS 313---Advanced Reading and Writing              Alice Wang
(3 credits; three hrs/week MWF 1:30-2:20)
This course is intended for students who have completed Chinese 302 (or with equivalent abilities) but have no more than 4 years of Chinese language learning experience.  Teaching materials are selected from a variety of modern texts, TV series and movies.  Students will write in Chinese regularly.

CHNS 342--- Modern Chinese Literature          Hongjian Wang
(3 credits; three hrs/week MWF 1:30-2:20)
Survey of Chinese literature since the early twentieth century. Studentswill read and discuss selected fiction, poetry, and drama of major authors and write critical essays on literary topics. Texts, discussion, and written assignments are in Chinese. The focus of the course may vary each semester. 

CHNS 401---Chinese Level VII     Hongjian Wang
(3 credits; MWF 12:30-3:20)
Continued work on Mandarin Chinese (prerequisite:CHNS level VI or equivalent).

CHNS 594---Dream of the Red Chamber      Hongjian Wang
(3 credits, three hrs/week; MWF 12:30-1:20)
This course plans to explore the art and thoughts of Honglou meng the great eighteenth century Chinese novel. The class will focus on
analyzing the development of the novel’s complex plots and characters based on its major versions. Arguable puzzles and textual variations in the surviving texts and important debates in the Honglou meng studies will also be discussed. Readings are in Chinese.


For more information, please contact Professor Wei Hong (SC 182; 43859;; Professor Daniel Hsieh (SC161; Professor Hongjian Wang (SC 261;; Ai-jen Wann (SC 063; 66222;, Dr. Alice Wang (SC 063; 66222;

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