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Chinese III

CHINESE 1011 CIS-Univ. of MN

South High School


Beginning Modern Chinese is a course of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence in first-year modern Standard Chinese at college level. This course introduces elementary Mandarin pronunciation, grammar, and orthography (in both Pinyin and characters) to beginners with prior exposure to the target language at South.  This class consists of five hours of instructions per week, plus written work, listening assignments, quizzes, and on-line drills. As this is a combined class with Chinese 4, you may be asked to attend some mandatory after-school training sessions (3:00-4:30 p.m.). Class work aside, students are expected to spend four to six hours per week in private study. Please note that pre-class preparation is critical in this course. Before each lecture, students are required to listen to the CD of the text which is supposed to be taught that day three times. 

Course objectives

Upon the completion of the course, the learners will be able to acquire the following skills:

  • Pronunciation:  Accurate pronunciation of all Chinese sounds and all the words and characters learned in this semester.
  • Listening: Ability to understand classroom Chinese and everyday Chinese on the topics covered in and relevant to the textbook.
  •  Grammar:  Correct use of grammatical patterns introduced in Level 1, Part 1 of Integrated Chinese (see below – Required Texts).
  •  Reading:  Ability to understand and read aloud correctly texts in both Pinyin and Mandarin characters covered in Level 1 Part 1 of Integrated Chinese.
  • Conversation:  Ability to converse in Mandarin on subject matters covered in Level 1 Part 1 of Integrated Chinese.
  • Orthography:  ability to recognize correctly 400 traditional Chinese characters, and to write accurately 120 characters with correct stroke order from memory.

Required Texts

There is one set of materials which are required for this course composed of 3 books and CD (the latter available for temporary checkout):

Integrated Chinese (Traditional Character Edition) Level 1, Part 2 in three volumes (Textbook, Workbook, and Character Workbook) edited by Tao-chung Yao, YuehuaLiu, et al. (Cheng & Tsui Company, 1997).  Available in the university bookstore, Williamson Hall.

Internet & Audiovisual Resources

Except for the written exercises that come with the textbook (pattern drills, character writing practice, and selected items from the workbook), all other written assignments are posted in the class website at The assignments that contain Chinese characters are posted in the format of PDF files, so you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to open the documents.  You can download this program for free at acrobat/readstep2.html.  In many cases you will also need to download Asian and Extended Language Font Packs at languages/.

This text is integrated with a website ( designed specifically by the developers of this text to aid the student in all areas of study. You will also be required to do the on-line listening exercises on South’s website at As a registered University of Minnesota CIS student, you are entitled to its extensive network of libraries and the resources offered by its Chinese Department at /1012Spring2006(D)/1012Main2006.htm. You are encouraged to utilize these resources.

Attendance & participation.

The attendance and participation grade will be based on preparation, regular attendance, preparation and efforts. During each quarter, only two hour’s unexcused absence are allowed. Each additional unexcused absence will cost 1 point of the full percentage (14%) of the Attendance & Performance portion of the final grade. Entering the classroom 5 minutes after the class starts is considered tardiness and three tardiness will be considered as one absence.

Excused and Unexcused Absence.

Absence from class with a physician’s note is excused absence and will not result in any deduction of point from the Attendance and Performance portion of the final grade.  Notification of absence by email or telephone without a physician’s note will not be accepted as excused absence, and will count toward the five hour’s unexcused absences, and result in deduction of point from the Attendance & Performance portion after the first five unexcused absences are taken.

Written Homework. 

Written homework is assigned two to three times a week. All assignments are due on the last school day of the following week after they have been assigned to you.  No late homework assignment will be accepted without a doctor’s or a parent’s note.

On-Line Listening Assignment. 

Each quarter, each student is required to complete 12-15 listening assignments related to the content of the lessons. These assignments are posted in the class website ( _CIS_1011.html  ). You will need a PC computer equipped with a sound card and Microsoft Word 97 or newer as well as  internet access.  You can also check out a CD copy of the document to do it on a PC computer without internet connection. Like all written work, listening assignment is due on the last school day of the following week after it has been assigned to you.   

Make-Up Tests and Quizzes. 

All students are expected to take tests and quizzes as they are scheduled. No make-up test or quiz is allowed unless there is a physician’s or parent’s note to certify that the student cannot take the test or quiz at the scheduled time.

Academic Dishonesty

Students are responsible for maintaining scholastic honesty in their work at all times. Students engaged in scholastic dishonesty will be penalized in accordance with relevant regulations of the University of Minnesota and/or of Minneapolis Public Schools. Academic dishonesty in any portion of the  academic work will result in a grade of “0” on that work. Continued academic dishonesty shall be grounds for awarding a grade of “F” for the entire course. Academic dishonesty includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing (misrepresenting as one’s own anything done by another), submitting the same or substantially similar papers (or creative work).

Acceptable behavior:

• Asking someone how to do an assignment or explain a concept

• Explaining how to do an assignment

• Comparing answers on an assignment to make sure you understood the concept

• Using a dictionary, translation software (to translate a WORD or PHRASE) or other sources, including the Internet, to gather information.

Unacceptable behavior:

• Copying answers from someone else

• Having someone else do your work, supply you with the answers or doing their work or giving answers

• Using translation software to translate a sentence, multiple phrases, or more

 Copying and pasting from another document without using quotation marks and citing the author

• Any answer on a test or quiz that comes from a source other than your own mind.

For more information, please refer to the full policy at

Contacting Mr. Yu

Mr. Yu can be reached at 651-633-5803 (home), or at 612-668-4300 (school). My extension number is 45728. My voice mail number is 21041. You can also contact me through E-mail at, or at

Grading Scale

A =   95%     A- = 90%     B+ = 87%     B = 84%     B- = 80%     C+ = 77 %     C = 74%

C- = 70%     D=60%     F=59%



Attendance & Performance:                             10%

                Homework:          Written                                25%   

                                              Listening                 20%       

                Quizzes:               Written                                  15%

                                          Oral                                    15%

              Final:                                                             15%

            Total:                                                                     100%



















1.     Finish and hand in all assignments on time. No late work will be accepted unless you have legitimate reasons.

2.     Come in ready to learn. Always bring with you the textbook, a notebook, and a pen or pencil that works.

3.     Take good notes. This is an extremely important routine that you have to follow to succeed in this class.

4.     Concentrate on learning. Avoid distractions. Be respectful. Use your time wisely in class.

5.     Use a dictionary whenever you can to check the spellings. Ask the teacher for help when you do not  understand.

6.     If you need any help, do not hesitate to ask for my help. Due to the unavailability of after-school tutoring on this subject, after-school self-study sessions may be available in Room 337 once or twice every week. Contact Mr. Yu for more information.


1.     No personal entertainment systems (by which term I mean CD-players, cassette-players and other non-school-related toys) will be allowed in the classroom. Anyone who violates this will run the risk of having the device (or the toy) confiscated by Mr. Yu

2.     No cell-phones and pagers will be allowed in the classroom. If you do have to have one for a certain day for a specific family emergent reason, have your parents write me a note to explain the situation.




1Yes, I have received a copy of Mr. Yu’s syllabus. I am aware of the consequences of my failure to observe these rules.


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