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  Eleni Vryza, M.Ed.University of Illinois at ChicagoUpward Bound Project1 Master Course Syllabus Intro to Mandarin Chinese (Track II) 08:45AM  09:35AMMonday through FridayBehavioral Sciences Building, Room 135 Part One: Instructor and Section Information: y   Instructors Name: Eleni Vryza, M.Ed.,   y   O ffice Location: 1200 West Harrison Street, 3010 SSB   y   Mailbox Location: 3010 SSB   y   O ffice Hours: by appointment   y   O ffice Phone: 312-996-9208   y   y   Semester: Summer 2011   y   R oom Number: BSB 135   y   F irst day of class: June 27, 2011   y   Last day of class: July 27, 2011   y   D ate of  F inal Exam: Thursday, July 28, 2011Part Two: Course Information:1.   Textbooks: Handouts  2.   Course Description :This course is designed to introduce students to the Mandarin Chinese language and aspects of Chineseculture. Students will be taught the fundamental phonetic system of Pin Yin, four tones and focus oncommunicative activities that will build their vocabularies in speaking, reading and writing. A diverserange of techniques and strategies will be employed such as oral, reading and writing activities,threaded discussions, self-checks, and practice activities. Additionally, a variety of teaching resourceswill be used (inclusive of poems, songs, short stories, etc.,) to assist students in learning and practicingthe language. 3.   L earning Objectives: Use Mandarin Chinese to: y   Ask and answer questions y   Seek and provide general information y   D escribe activities, places, and things y   Write short paragraphs and journal entries y   R ead paragraphs and short articles  Eleni Vryza, M.Ed.University of Illinois at ChicagoUpward Bound Project2 y   Become familiar with and use basic Mandarin grammar y   D iscuss selected aspects of Chinese cultures and apply as appropriate y   R ecognize some differences among dialects of Chinese such as Cantonese andShanghainese and standard modern, Mandarin Chinese Part Three: Classroom Information:Attendance Policy: y   Punctuality is important. Arriving late disrupts the learning process for everyone. It is alsodisrespectful to the instructor and other members of the class who managed to make it on time.Should you have difficulties arriving on time, see me and perhaps we can find a solutiontogether. O therwise, problems with transportation, work, or waking up will not excuse lateness.   y   Make-up Policy: Quizzes and Exams will be administered at the beginning of the class; F inalExams cannot be made up except under documented emergency.   y   Cheating/Plagiarism Policy: Students must adhere to accepted standards of academic integrity.Violations of academic integrity include: cheating, plagiarism, falsification, fabrication, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. It is the students responsibility tobe aware of behaviors that constitute academic dishonesty and their consequences.   y   Safety of Health Issues: If you have a documented learning, psychological or physical disability,you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services.   y   Phones, Text-Messaging, and L aptops: Electronic devices should be turned off at the beginningand throughout the class period and be put out of sight. Students may use laptops forclassroom presentations but only after getting the instructors permission. Any student whofails to adhere to this policy will be asked to leave the class .   y   Class Visitors: Students may NOT bring guests to class.   y   Student Accommodations: Students with documented needs should speak privately to theinstructor to ensure that the appropriate accommodations are readily available.   y   E mail and telephone messages: When you send me an email or leave a telephone message, Irespond within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours over the weekend. Make sure to includeyour name and your class number when you send me an email or voice mail. y   If you disturb the lessons: I will ask you to leave the classroom and I will mark you absent. If ithappens again, I will ask you to withdraw from the class.   y   Seating policy: If you disturb the class with chatter, I will ask you to change your seat.  Assignments and policies:Guidelines for the project: Students are required to do a project. This project is about writing a skit in Mandarin Chineselanguage using the vocabulary we learned in class. The students do the project in writing andshould be videotaped and post on youtube. Please follow the guidelines: y   Choose a classmate; start to be familiar with your classmate  Eleni Vryza, M.Ed.University of Illinois at ChicagoUpward Bound Project3 y   If you have any problems finding a classmate, let know and I will find someone to workwith you. Please do not wait until the end of the course. y   Before you submit your video clip, I am requiring that you go over it with me. It is yourresponsibility to follow up. y   The video clip should be no less than four minutes long. Course Calendar: Week (1) y   6 /27/11 Introductions and review of  Intro to Mandarin (Track II) ; y   G reetings; practice in dialogues (two students introducing themselves, their names and ages); y   culture: asking age in everyday conversations   y   6 /28/11 Handouts y   G reetings and Chinese Survival Phrases: oral chorus and conversation in groups of two or threeThe concept of Pin Yin and its relationship to Chinese charactersCharacters as pictures: Introducing the characters of moon, sun, person and eye among othersIntroduction of the parts of characters: right and left sides of characters  phonetics andmeaning of character respectively y   6 /29/11 Handouts: Continents and Countries; Colors y   F orming questions with Ma? Asking questions with Why  Weisheme? and Who  Shui ? y   Practice in groups of two: Are you American? Are you African? Are you F rench? No, Iam not; Yes, I am. Yes and No answers; The Present Tense; negation in the presenttense y   Practice with color vocabulary: D o you like red? Yes and No answers y   Conversation: R eview of greetings and survival vocabulary: building increasinglycomplex introductions about self and others; y   final project includes groups of students introducing themselves with multiple questions;the conversation will be recorded by cell phone cameras to be posted on YouTube y   6 /30/2011 Watch segments of Chinese Bridge D V D from HanBan/Confucius InstituteHeadquarters (; introduction to major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and others; review of vocabulary of countriesand numbers 1-99 y   Culture while watching The 8 th Chinese Bridge: Chinese Proficiency Competition forForeign College Students: staging of famous Chinese novels such as The Chronicles of Marshes and Butterfly Lovers : Beijing opera and costumes; famous Chinese warriors y   Work in groups: Students in groups of two or three go over handouts of  IntensiveSummer Language Institutes by The American Councils for International Education; Confucius Institute , January 2010; Chinese Bridge ; game cards covering vocabulary andevolution of characters from pictures. Students present the knowledge they gained tothe whole class through skits and mini lectures.   y   7/1/2011    Eleni Vryza, M.Ed.University of Illinois at ChicagoUpward Bound Project4 R eview of vocabulary to be tested on Tuesday 7/5/11: students practice vocabulary inPin Yin in groups of three.Introduction to strokes and basic rules to character writing: Practice with the charactersof Ni (You) and R en (Person): Students practice writing the characters in groups whilethey invite the other students to write on the board.Students discuss their interests regarding aspects of Chinese culture such as fashion,environmental pollution and other issues; students must use internet resources amongother book resources to research and present their topic at the end of the class this summer.Week (2)7/ 6 /2011 Quiz on learned characters and expressions in pinyin 7/7/2011 Personal Pronouns: TA (He, She), NIN (formal/polite you): learning to writethe characters 7/8/2011 Introduction to radicals: radicals for heart, grass, ice, language, person,woman, man. The character of crowd ( 7/9/2011 y   Watch M ulan and discuss aspects of Chinese culture found like the position of women, Buddhism, warriors and wars with Mongolia, tea drinking, Chinesesongs and dances and dragons among others y   Watch PBS documentary, China from the Inside , 2006, Power discussingclashes among the nouveau riches and the poor in rural areas as well as theminorities in western China of Turkish and Tibetan descent   y   Watch PBS documentary, China From the Inside , 2006, Women in Chinadiscussing the position of women, dowry systems, multiple wives/lovers,suicides due to desperation and lack of options and efforts of the Chinesegovernment to engage women from rural areas to vocational programs andparty participation   Week (3) 7/11/20117/12/2011 Questions: zhe shi shenme? What is this? 7/13/2011 y   F amily vocabulary: mother, father, younger brother, son, wife, husband,younger sister y   The verb yo: I have; mei yo: I do not have y   R eview of age vocabulary by engaging in conversation with other studentsabout family members, their names and ages y   R eview of countries and places of birth: I was born in Chicago; I was born inMexico City; I am American. Conversing with other students and askingquestions  Eleni Vryza, M.Ed.University of Illinois at ChicagoUpward Bound Project5 y   Personal pronouns in plural form: W O MEN, NIMEN, NINMEN, TAMEN (we, you,you-polite, they)   y   Months, dates, days of the week vocabulary   y   PBS documentary, China From the Inside , 2006, Taming Nature onenvironmental pollution in major cities and rivers of China  cancers due towater pollution  7/14/2011 y   7/15/2011 PBS documentary, China From the Inside , 2006,  F reedom andJustice on minority rights and clashes with nationalist Chinese y   Practice on two, going around the group asking questions on birthdays(reviewing months, dates and numbers) y   Next month, next week, last week, last month, last week vocabulary y   Preparation for culture project presentations y   Watch Shadow  M agic , 2001: Beijing in 1902  introduction of western movies tothe imperial court of the Qing D ynasty, the last dynasty in China D iscuss clashes between foreigner influences and Chinese culture of Beijing O pera entertainment and arranged marriages versus marrying beyond castesWeek (4) 7/18/20117/19/20117/20/20117/21/20117/22/2011 R eview for F inal Exam, Culture Projects and F inal ProjectsWeek (5) 7/25/2011 Culture Project Presentations 7/2 6 /2011 Culture Project Presentations  F INAL EXAM The Final E xam will be cumulative covering all the material of the course.   7/27/2011 O ral Interviews one on one with students (oral test of acquired vocabulary) 7/28/2011 O ral Interviews testing students on survival conversations in Mandarin 7/29/2011 GRADUATION - AWARDS C E R E MONY!!!This syllabus is subject to change.  
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