With an emphasis on the Chinese language, our courses include topics such as Chinese history, literature, religion, political and economical systems, and culture. Our small classes will help anyone build a solid language base.
Please note that enrolment in a CHINA language course for the first time requires the completion of a Chinese Placement Form to be submitted to the Renison Registrar's Office. Your Chinese Placement Form must be completed before the first day of class for the term you are enrolled.
Reserves will be removed on Friday, January 11 at 4:30 pm.
CHINA course offering and descriptions
CHINA Level 100 courses
CHINA 101R - First-Year Chinese 1
An introductory course for students who have little or no prior background in writing, speaking, or understanding any dialect of the Chinese language to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Practical oral and written exercises provide a firm grammatical foundation for further study.
CHINA 102R - First-Year Chinese 2
With the completion of the study of the rudiments of phonetics (as provided in CHINA 101R), the emphasis in this course shifts to grammar and character writing. Vocabulary will be expanded to between 500 and 700 words.
CHINA 120R - Advanced First-Year Chinese
Equivalent to 101R and 102R but covered in one term. This introductory Chinese course is designed for two major groups of students who have different initial advantages in learning Chinese: 1) students who have substantial aural-oral proficiency but limited ability in reading and writing Chinese characters and 2) those who know characters but cannot speak Mandarin (Putonghua).
CHINA Level 200 courses
CHINA 200R - Preliminary Second-Year Chinese
This course expands the vocabulary and sentence patterns for students who have acquired 400 Chinese characters. Attention is paid to grammar, vocabulary, and discourse by interweaving cultural norms and customs. Reading comprehension is emphasized, encouraging the transition from pinyin to characters.
CHINA 201R - Second-Year Chinese 1
Development of speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. This course and its follow-up (CHINA 202R) include a survey of grammar, complex sentences, and logical stress.
CHINA 202R - Second-Year Chinese 2
The study of Chinese characters receives more emphasis. Grammar instruction includes comparisons and different kinds of complements. The course includes topics of interest to students illustrating cultural differences between China and the West. Upon completion of CHINA 201R and 202R, the student should have a reading vocabulary of 1,600 Chinese characters and have learnt about 300 key sentence patterns.
CHINA Level 300 courses
CHINA 301R - Third-Year Chinese 1
A course to consolidate, expand, and deepen the understanding of lexical items and sentence patterns. Besides introducing more vocabulary and grammar, this course concentrates on complex sentences and paragraphs not emphasized in earlier textbooks.
CHINA 302R - Third-Year Chinese 2
A continuation of China 301R to further students' ability to comprehend and communicate at a higher level in Chinese. In addition, the course introduces aspects of Chinese society, highlighting traditional and contemporary cultural life.
CHINA 310R - Chinese for Business Settings
A course to develop comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin specifically related to the Chinese business environment. This course is designed for students who are already familiar with Chinese characters and Mandarin tonality.
CHINA 320R - Chinese in Mass Media
A course to develop Chinese language skills in conversation, reading, writing, and critical thinking in both practical and cultural situations through contemporary films, television programs, newspapers, magazines, and literary works. Selected important issues and themes in Chinese culture and history are considered.
CHINA 390R - Introduction to Professional Translation (Chinese to English)
This course is for students with a strong command of Chinese and English who seek to learn the basics of professional translation between the two languages. Focus is on translation involving government and business documents, as well as news stories.
CHINA 391R - Special Topics
This course deals with advanced topics in Chinese language and literature. Students are expected to have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency.
There are two different academic plans open to students enrolled in CHINA courses:
Certificates for current UWaterloo students
Diploma for non- or post degree students
This diploma may be of particular interest to students who wish to acquire a basic introductory in Chinese (Mandarin).
The Diploma in Chinese Language requires successful completion of three academic course units (six courses) from those designated as CHINA with a minimum cumulative average of 65%.