Elementary Level

CHIN-SHU 101 Elementary Chinese I

Prerequisites: None | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

This course is the first part of a one-year elementary-level Chinese course designed for students who have no or almost no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. It is designed to develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations. The objectives of the course are: (1) to master the Chinese phonetic system (pinyin and tones) with satisfactory pronunciation; (2) to understand the construction of commonly used Chinese Characters (both simplified and traditional) and learn to write them correctly; (3) to understand and use correctly basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures; (4) to build up essential vocabulary; (5) to read and write level appropriate passages (100-150 characters long); and (6) to become acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

Equivalent course in NY: Elementary Chinese I

Equivalent course in AD: Elementary Chinese I

CHIN-SHU 111 Elementary Chinese for Advanced Beginners

Prerequisites: None | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

This course is intended for students who can converse in Mandarin Chinese about matters related to everyday life situations but cannot read and write at the same level. This includes students who were raised in a non-Chinese speaking country but in a home where the Mandarin Chinese dialect was spoken, and/or students who have acquired a certain level of Mandarin Chinese language proficiency (primarily speaking and listening) by living or working in a Chinese speaking country/region for an extended time. Though speaking and listening will be an integral part of the course, the major focus will be on developing students’ competence in reading and writing. The objectives of the course are: 1) to master the Chinese phonetic system (pinyin and tones) with satisfactory pronunciation; 2) to understand the construction of commonly used Chinese Characters (both simplified and traditional) and write them correctly; 3) to build up essential vocabulary needed to read and write about topics covered in the textbook; 4) to understand and use correctly basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures; 5) to comprehend level appropriate passages and to be able to perform simple sentence analysis; 6) to write level appropriate essays (250-300 characters long) with grammatical, accuracy as well as cohesion and coherence; 7) to become acquainted with and be able to discuss in speech and writing aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

This course is followed by Intermediate for Advanced Beginners.

Equivalent course in NY: Elementary Chinese for Advanced Beginners

CHIN-SHU 101S Elementary Chinese I - FoS1

Prerequisites: None | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: Two times a week | Offered fall semester only

As an integrated Chinese course, it is focused on four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. While linguistic elements are the emphasis of this course, appropriate cultural themes that go along with language use will be discussed as well. This course is reserved for NYU Shanghai students enrolled in Foundations of Science.

CHIN-SHU 101S2 Elementary Chinese I - FoS2

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 101S | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: Two times a week | Offered spring semester only

This course is the second half of a specially-designed 2-credit elementary-level Chinese course for students enrolled in Foundations of Science who have no or almost no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. It covers the latter half of the 4-credit Elementary I course and is designed to develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations.

CHIN-SHU 102S Elementary Chinese II - FoS1

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 101S2 | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: Two times a week | Offered fall semester only

This specially-offered course for students enrolled in Foundations of Science is the first half of the regular Elementary Chinese II course, designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Elementary Chinese I or equivalent. It is designed to reinforce and further develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations.

CHIN-SHU 102S2 Elementary Chinese II - FoS2

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 102S | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: Two times a week | Offered spring semester only

This specially-offered course for students enrolled in Foundations of Science is the second half of the regular Elementary Chinese II course, designed for students who have completed the first half of NYU-SH’s Elementary Chinese II for students in FoS. It is designed to reinforce and further develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations.

CHIN-SHU 9000 Introduction to Conversational Chinese (2-credit)

Prerequisites: see course description | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: Two times a week | Offered every semester

This two-credit language course introduces students to Chinese language and culture. It is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. The language component of the course runs for 14 weeks and focuses on the development of competence in verbal communication and communication structures which can be used in daily life in China. The culture component includes excursions that are closely tied to the language topics being studied. This course does NOT cover Elementary I.

It is designed for students who ● do not need to complete Elementary I for their major, or have already completed the language requirement for their major, ● and/or students who have been to two other global sites.

Students cannot take this class if they have already: ● Passed Elementary Chinese 1 or the equivalent or higher ● Are a native Chinese speaker

Note: Students enrolled in this 2-credit course must also be enrolled in a four-credit China-focused content course in order to meet the Global Programs study away language requirement. The course must be taken for a letter grade and is not open to students who place at a higher level than Elementary I Chinese.

CHIN-SHU 9002 Introduction to Conversational Chinese (4-credit)

Prerequisites: see course description | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: Four times a week | Offered every semester

This four-credit language course introduces students to Chinese language and culture. It is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. The language component of the course runs for 14 weeks and focuses on the development of competence in verbal communication and communication structures which can be used in daily life in China. The culture component includes excursions that are closely tied to the language topics being studied. Compared to the 2-credit Intro to Conversation Chinese, this 4-credit course will have a wider coverage of topics, vocabulary and grammar, more activities and field trips, and meet 4 days a week of in-class instructions over the 14 weeks. This course does NOT cover Elementary I.

It is designed for students who ● do not need to complete Elementary I for their major, or have already completed the language requirement for their major, ● and/or students who have been to two other global sites.

Students cannot take this class if they have already: ● Passed Elementary Chinese 1 or the equivalent or higher ● Are a native Chinese speaker

CHIN-SHU 10 Chinese Bridge Online - Elementary Level

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 102 or 111 | Credits: 0 | Meeting frequency: two times a week | Offered periodically

This Chinese Bridge online- Elementary level is designed for NYU Shanghai students who are currently studying away. This ten-week non-credit internet-based Chinese language study will provide language materials based on Elementary level vocabulary and grammar to help students to review and maintain the language proficiency and help prepare students for the intermediate level study while being absent from the target language environment. This online study will be held twice a week, with one recorded video and one live session online. By completing the study with the Chinese Bridge Online, students will not only review the most important vocabulary and grammar from Elementary level in new topics, but also have the opportunity to learn new useful words and phrases in authentic context and therefore students will be ready for moving on to next Intermediate level.