Intermediate Level

CHIN-SHU 201 Intermediate Chinese I

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 102 | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: four times a week | Offered every semester

This course is the first part of a one-year intermediate-level Chinese course designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Elementary Chinese II or equivalent. It is designed to consolidate and develop overall aural-oral proficiency. Objectives are: (1) to be able to obtain information from more extended conversation; (2) to express and expound on, in relative length, feelings and opinions on common topics; (3) to develop vocabulary needed to discuss common topics and begin learning to decipher meaning of compound words; (4) to develop reading comprehension of more extended narrative and expository passages; (5) to write, in relative length (200-250 characters long), personal narratives, informational narratives, comparison and discussion of viewpoints with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion; (6) to continue being acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

Equivalent course in NY: Intermediate Chinese I

Equivalent course in AD: Intermediate Chinese I

CHIN-SHU 202 Intermediate Chinese II

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 201 | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: four times a week | Offered every semester

This course is the second part of a one-year intermediate-level Chinese course designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Intermediate Chinese I or equivalent. It is designed to continue consolidating and developing overall aural-oral proficiency, gradually focusing more on semi-formal or formal linguistic expressions. Objectives are: (1) to further develop competence in obtaining information from more extended conversation; (2) to express and expound on, in more extended length, feelings and opinions on socio-cultural topics; (3) to develop more specialized vocabulary needed to discuss sociocultural topics; (4) to improve students’ ability to decipher meaning of compound words; (5) to further develop reading comprehension of extended narrative, expository and simple argumentative passages; (6) to learn to solve simple syntactical problems independently; (7) to write, in relative length (250-300) characters long) informational narratives, expository and simple argumentative passages with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion; and (8) to continue being acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

Equivalent course in NY: Intermediate Chinese II

Equivalent course in AD: Intermediate Chinese II

CHIN-SHU 201A, 202A Intermediate Chinese - Accelerated

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 102 | Credits: 8 | Meeting frequency: four times a week | Offered every semester

This accelerated course is a one-semester intermediate-level Chinese course designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Elementary Chinese II or equivalent. It is designed to continue consolidating and developing overall aural-oral proficiency, gradually focusing more on semi-formal or formal linguistic expressions. Objectives are: (1) to further develop competence in obtaining information from more extended conversation; (2) to express and expound on, in more extended length, feelings and opinions on socio-cultural topics; (3) to develop more specialized vocabulary needed to discuss sociocultural topics; (4) to improve students’ ability to decipher meaning of compound words; (5) to further develop reading comprehension of extended narrative, expository and simple argumentative passages; (6) to learn to solve simple syntactical problems independently; (7) to write, in relative length (250-300) characters long) informational narratives, expository and simple argumentative passages with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion; and (8) to continue being acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

Equivalent course in NY: Intermediate Chinese I & II

Equivalent course in AD: Intermediate Chinese I & II

CHIN-SHU 203 HSK Preparation for Intermediate Chinese II

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 202, CHIN-SHU 202A, or CHIN-SHU 211 | Credits: 2 | Meeting frequency: twice a week, 2nd 7-week | Offered every semester

HSK Preparation course is designed for students who co-enroll Intermediate Chinese II. It aims to supplement that course by providing targeted vocabulary, relevant grammatical structures, and test-taking strategies that are specific to the HSK exam. Students in this course will also further develop their language skills in listening, reading, and writing, expand their vocabulary, improve their grammatical accuracy, enhance their ability to create with the language when talking about familiar topics related to their daily life, and also gain more concrete knowledge of Chinese customs and cultures. This course also addresses common mistakes made by Chinese language learners and strategies for how to avoid and self-correct them. Students will hone their test-taking skills and will learn valuable strategies for excelling at the HSK.

CHIN-SHU 211 Intermediate Chinese for Advanced Beginners

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 111 | Credits: 4 | Meeting frequency: four times a week | Offered every semester

This course is designed for students with intermediate level Mandarin speaking proficiency who can understand and speak, with near-standard pronunciation and without major grammatical errors, conversational Chinese related to daily life situations and simple sociocultural topics. The objectives are: 1) to be able to obtain information from extended written passages; 2) to both express and expound on, in relative length, feelings and opinions on common social and cultural topics; 3) to expand vocabulary and learn to decipher the meaning of compound words; 4) to develop reading comprehension of extended expository and simple argumentative passages; 5) to solve non-complex textual problems with the aid of dictionaries; 6) to write in relative length personal narratives, informational narratives, comparison and discussion of viewpoints with level appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as syntactical cohesion; 7) to continue to become acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

This course is followed by Advanced Chinese I (heritage).

Equivalent course in NY: Intermediate Chinese for Advanced Beginners

CHIN-SHU 20 Chinese Bridge Online - Intermediate Level

Prerequisites: CHIN-SHU 202 or 211 | Credits: 0 | Meeting frequency: two times a week | Offered periodically

This Chinese Bridge Online-Intermediate level is designed for NYU Shanghai students who are currently studying away. Students who have finished Intermediate Chinese II or Advanced Chinese I are all welcomed to enroll. This ten-week non-credit internet-based online study will provide language materials based on Intermediate level topics, vocabulary and grammars to help students to review and maintain the language proficiency while being absent from the target language environment. In addition, this online study will cover part of HSK level 4 vocabulary and others that are needed for preparation of Advanced level Chinese. This online study will be held twice a week, with one recorded class and one live session online (students can choose one from the two live sessions offered per week to take part it). By successfully completing this level of Chinese Bridge Online immediately before the semester you intend to enroll in Advanced Chinese I in Shanghai, students will receive a recommendation from the instructor to be exempted from the placement test to pursue advanced level courses.