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Chinese 1/ CIS CHINESE 3021

2018-19 School Year

University of Minnesota

CIS CHN 3021


Intermediate Modern Chinese (CHN 3021) is a course of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence in second-year modern Standard Chinese at college level.  As the first part of a two-semester sequence in intermediate modern Chinese, this course is to further cultivate students’ four basic language skills, with a continued emphasis on the proper and appropriate use of grammar patterns and expressions in genuine language communication, especially in listening and speaking. 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 5 at South, 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.


For this course, simplified Chinese characters are used exclusively by the instructor in classroom teaching and all tests.


 Course Objectives


Upon the completion of the course, students are expected to acquire the ability:

 to converse in detail on subject matters covered in the first 10 chapters of the textbook (Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Part 1), using grammatical patterns and expressions properly;


 to read materials of about 400 Chinese characters on subject matters covered in the first 10 chapters of the textbook;


 to write compositions of about 200 different characters on familiar daily life topics, using grammatical patterns properly.


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 Level II (textbook and workbook, 3nd ed.) by Yuehua Liu et al. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2009.

  Available on line or in the university bookstore, Williamson Hall.


Internet & Audiovisual Resources

  1. This text is integrated with a website ( designed specifically by the developers of this text to aid the student in all areas of study.
  2. 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.
  3. This course has a website to facilitate learning. The following URL will bring you to the website. (
  4. You will be invited to join your class on the Quizlet APP, where you are required to earn some, if not all, of the credits associated with homework assignments, daily exit questions, and weekly quizzes. You will also use this to communicate with me after school so I can answer your questions. You can download the Quizlet App on your mobile devices but you may have to rely on a full-web version for you to take and turn in tests. This means that you cannot just rely on your smart phones alone to take full advantages of its potentials.  We will visit the school computer labs regularly to allow you to catch up. Below is the information you will need to join the Quizlet class (after you have signed up for an account):




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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 (11%) 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 four 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.  

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.

Student Conduct Code

The University seeks an environment that promotes academic achievement and integrity, that is protective of free inquiry, and that serves the educational mission of the University. Similarly, the University seeks a community that is free from violence, threats, and intimidation; that is respectful of the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University; and that does not threaten the physical or mental health or safety of members of the University community.

As a student at the University you are expected adhere to Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code. To review the Student Conduct Code, please see:

Note that the conduct code specifically addresses disruptive classroom conduct, which means "engaging in behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach or student learning. The classroom extends to any setting where a student is engaged in work toward academic credit or satisfaction of program-based requirements or related activities."

Use of Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom

Using personal electronic devices in the classroom setting can hinder instruction and learning, not only for the student using the device but also for other students in the class. To this end, the University establishes the right of each faculty member to determine if and how personal electronic devices are allowed to be used in the classroom. For complete information, please reference:

Scholastic Dishonesty

You are expected to do your own academic work and cite sources as necessary. Failing to do so is scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty means plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures, or data analysis. (Student Conduct Code: If it is determined that a student has cheated, he or she may be given an "F" or an "N" for the course, and may face additional sanctions from the University. For additional information, please see:

The Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity has compiled a useful list of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to scholastic dishonesty: If you have additional questions, please clarify with your instructor for the course. Your instructor can respond to your specific questions regarding what would constitute scholastic dishonesty in the context of a particular class-e.g., whether collaboration on assignments is permitted, requirements and methods for citing sources, if electronic aids are permitted or prohibited during an exam.

Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences

Students will not be penalized for absence during the semester due to unavoidable or legitimate circumstances. Such circumstances include verified illness, participation in intercollegiate athletic events, subpoenas, jury duty, military service, bereavement, and religious observances. Such circumstances do not include voting in local, state, or national elections. For complete information, please see:

Appropriate Student Use of Class Notes and Course Materials

Taking notes is a means of recording information but more importantly of personally absorbing and integrating the educational experience. However, broadly disseminating class notes beyond the classroom community or accepting compensation for taking and distributing classroom notes undermines instructor interests in their intellectual work product while not substantially furthering instructor and student interests in effective learning. Such actions violate shared norms and standards of the academic community. For additional information, please see:

Grading and Transcripts

The University utilizes plus and minus grading on a 4.000 cumulative grade point scale in accordance with the following:



4.000 - Represents achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements






3.000 - Represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements






2.000 - Represents achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect






1.000 - Represents achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements

For additional information, please refer to:

[S/N (Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory) is not a grading option for courses offered through CIS.]


Grading Scale


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

C- = 70%     D=60%     F=59%

Credit Distribution

            Attendance & Performance:                             10%

                Homework:          Written                                 20%  

                                              Listening                 15% 

                Quizzes:                                                             20%

             Oral Interview                                                15%

             Final:                                                             10%

             Exit Slips                                                       10%

            Total:                                                                     100%


Sexual Harassment

"Sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment in any University activity or program. Such behavior is not acceptable in the University setting. For additional information, please consult Board of Regents Policy:

Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

The University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs and facilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. For more information, please consult Board of Regents Policy:

Disability Accommodations

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Center is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.

If you have, or think you may have, a disability (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical), please contact [Associate Director of College in the Schools, Jan M. Erickson ( or 612-624-9898) and/or] Disability Resource Center (612-626-1333) to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations.

If you are registered with Disability Resource Center and have a current letter requesting reasonable accommodations, please contact your instructor as early in the semester as possible to discuss how the accommodations will be applied in the course.

For more information, please see the Disability Resource Center website,

Mental Health and Stress Management

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance and may reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. University of Minnesota services are available to assist you. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Student Mental Health Website:

Academic Freedom and Responsibility

Academic freedom is a cornerstone of the University. Within the scope and content of the course as defined by the instructor, it includes the freedom to discuss relevant matters in the classroom. Along with this freedom comes responsibility. Students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. Students are free to take reasoned exception to the views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.*

Reports of concerns about academic freedom are taken seriously, and there are individuals and offices available for help. Contact your instructor [course faculty coordinator, and/or CIS Associate Director Jan M. Erickson for assistance]. 


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



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.