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CHN 205H0001 Flagship Composition and Conversation, Fall 2013 3 credits

Instructor: Ms. Yizhe Huang Email:

"Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in
which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpreta-
tion and use of words involves a process of free creation. " ‒
Noam Chomsky

"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learn-
ing another way to think about things."
‒Flora Lewis


Composition and Conversation is designed as the first part of a year-long course to encourage
Flagship students to reach the Advanced-Low proficiency level. Familiar topics that you deal
with in the daily life settings (both informal and formal), such as starting school, dormitory,
and eating at a restaurant, will be introduced. Students will handle communicative tasks to
enhance listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary usage, oral presentation, and com-
position writing. Aspects of the Chinese culture related to each lesson will also be integrated
throughout the course. As this is an intensive course designed for the students who are cur-
rently enrolled in the Chinese Language Flagship Program at URI (Flagship), all students should
meet the course and program requirements and follow the Flagship continuous assessment
within and out the classroom.


The primary goal of the course is to provide integrated training in speaking, listening, reading
and writing to prepare students with Intermediate-mid or Intermediate-high level of profi-
ciency to acquire Intermediate-high or Advanced-low based on the guidelines of ACTFL.
Through task-based instruction in describing, comparing, narrating, giving directions, and han-
dling complicated and unexpected events, you will gain more knowledge as well as confidence
in expressing yourself in Chinese. The course will not only be beneficial to individuals pursuing
advanced level of proficiency but it will also open the window to becoming a global profes-
sional in the future.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following:

Content (内容) Students will learn more about topics that pertain to
daily life topics and, to a lesser degree, those related
to events of current, public, and personal interest or
individual relevance and be able to grasp the descrip-
tion skills.
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Language (语言) Students will attain a growing commend of the spe-

cific vocabulary, expressions, grammatical structures,
and rhetoric introduced in the text materials as well
as students’ own specific domain interest and be able
to use them appropriately for communication.

Listening (听) Students will understand paragraph-length utterances

where context is mostly informal in the daily life con-

Speaking (说) Students will be able to narrate and describe in three

major time frames in paragraph length discourse. Stu-
dents will also demonstrate sufficient accuracy, clar-
ity, and confidence in speaking through in-class activi-
ties and presentations in order to communicate with
native speakers of Chinese.

Reading (读) Students will learn at least 280 new words to facilitate
understanding of the language used in everyday dia-
logues frequently encountered in the Chinese society.
Students will be able to read standardized passages
with specific characters and combinations are used.

Writing (写) Students will write sentences in paragraphs or short es-

says about real-life situations occurring in three major
time frams. Simplified characters will be used.

Profi- (水平) Students are expected to reach the proficiency level at

ciency Intermediate-High or Advanced-Low based on the
Level ACTFL’s standard when this semester’s course is com-

Culture (文化) Students will be exposed to various aspects of native

Chinese culture, such as their everyday interactions,
their pastime activities, as well as traditional values.

COURSE MATERIALS (sold separately)

1. Textbook Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 1 中文听说读写 (Simplified), 3rd Ed., Liu, Yue-
hua et al.
2. Workbook Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 1 中文听说读写 (Simplified), 3rd Ed.
3. Character Workbook Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 1 中文听说读写 (Simp. & Trad.), 3rd
4. Developing Chinese Fluency 表达, Textbook & Workbook, Phyllis Zhang.

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1 Audiovisual materials Username: integrated;

. (Textbook & Workbook nese/chinese.html password: tao-chung.
audio files) all lowercase
2 CHN 205H Sakai site Login with your 9-digit
. URI ID or the id you
use for URI wireless or
URI email system.
Password is the same
you use for URI wire-
less or URI email sys-
tem. Check the site
for more useful online
learning resources.
1. Attendance/Preparation/Participation 10%
2. Homework (Character book and Workbook & Composition) 25%
3. Quizzes (10 Vocabulary Quizzes and 6 Lesson Quizzes) 25%
4. Presentations 15%
5. Final OPI Interview 10%
6. Final Exam 15%

Total =100%
Grade Distribution
93-96%=A 90-92%=A-
87-89%=B+ 83-86%=B 80-82%=B-
77-79%=C+ 73-76%=C 70-72%=C-
67-69%=D+ 63-66%=D 60-62%=D- 59% and below=F
Note: An incomplete grade will not be considered without official written proof of illness or
unexpected emergency.
1. Attendance/Preparation/Participation (10%)
You are expected to attend all scheduled classes on time. The sign-in forms, quizzes,
in-class activity sheets, handed-in homework will be used as a means to track attend-
ance. Arriving to class 15 minutes late or leaving early without the instructor's permis-
sion will be considered as an absence. To be exempt from unexpected absences, you
need to present official proof. Each absence will result in a 5-point deduction and tar-
diness will result in a 2-point deduction from the attendance/participation grade. More
than 4 unexcused absences will lower your grade one letter. Also, the class conduct
policy is:
2 tardiness equal to 1 absence.
6 unexcused absences will result in a course grade of F.
Students who miss class are responsible for collecting information, such as the course
content, handouts, and assignments, for the class of that day. If you are going to miss
class on a day an assignment is due, you must send a hardcopy of an assignment with a
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friend or leave it in my mailbox at Swan Hall 112 (open during weekdays only) before
class time to receive credit.

You are also expected to prepare for vocabulary, grammar patterns, and texts (see the
Course Schedule below) prior to every class. Preparation and participation are evalu-
ated based on your class performance on:
1. active participation in class,
2. adequate preparation for assigned texts,
3. accuracy in pronunciation, grammar, and word choice when speaking, and
4. levels of efforts to complete assigned tasks.
2. Homework (Character book and Workbook & Composition) (25%)
Homework assignments shall be handed in on time unless official written proof of illness
or unexpected emergency is provided. Students are encouraged to submit homework
immediately after the class on the due date. The deadline for homework either in
softcopy or hardcopy form is 3pm on the due date, in the envelope designated to CHN
205H in my mailbox (Swan 112). Homework submitted after the deadline will be de-
ducted 5 points, 1 day, 10 points, 2 days, 15 points, and so on until no points remain.
Missing homework will also receive a zero.
Composition should meet the writing criteria, such as 500-character in length, clarity,
use of grammar patterns, coherence, and so on, to avoid the deduction of points.

3. Quizzes (Vocabulary Quizzes and Lesson Quizzes) (25%)

Vocabulary quizzes will all be handwritten and will take place at the beginning of each
text to motivate you to prepare well before each new text so you are expected to know
how to handwrite new vocabulary’s characters, the sounds and meanings.
Lesson quizzes will take place after each lesson to examine your understanding of the
learned lessons. It will be announced to students one week in advance. Makeups will be
given only when official written proof of illness or unexpected emergency is provided.
4. Presentations (15%)
To show your progress in learning Chinese and to share your ideas with the commu-
nity, you will be required to do in-class presentations on assigned topics, either indi-
vidually or by group, in front of the class. The presentations will be video-taped and
reviewed by the instructor.

5. Final OPI Interview (10%)

To know how much you have learned in this course, an informal OPI interview will be
conducted to know your current level of proficiency. You will be evaluated based on
how satisfactorily you apply the language skills into answering the interview ques-

7. Final Exam (15%)

The exams will cover all lessons and topics from the beginning of the semester up to
the dates of the exams. The exams will not be difficult for those who have actively
participated each class, studied the textbooks, and done the assignments but practi-
cally impossible for those who have not. There will be no make-ups for exams.
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Makeups will be given only when official written proof of illness or unexpected emer-
gency is provided.

To accomplish the above objectives and maximize student interactions, the course will be
blended with lectures, context-based drills, in-class and group activities, film clips, class
discussions, reading workshop, OPI test preparation and training, and tutoring, etc. It is or-
ganized to give students daily exposure to Chinese and opportunities to apply the acquired
skills in daily life. Six lessons of Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 1 and four lessons (in unit 1)
of Developing Chinese Fluency will be conducted by the end of semester. Below is the gen-
eral structure for the class on each date at a glance.

1. Mondays: The class begins with a listening task and then is followed by the introduction of
vocabulary and text (Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 1).

2. Wednesdays: The class begins with five minutes reading/writing activity and then is fol-
lowed by the introduction of grammar points and interpreting of the text (Integrated Chi-
nese Level 2 Part 1).

3. Fridays: The class begins with five minutes individual/group report of the assigned topics.
And then the class is followed by the summary of the text and the highlight of important ex-
ercises in the Integrated Chinese Workbook.

4. Weekly: Students are required to attend OPI training, reading workshop, and tutoring that
will happen throughout the week.

Note: The second textbook, Developing Chinese Fluency will be introduced in October.

This schedule is an overview of the materials and activities to be covered throughout the se-
mester and is subject to change based on our progress in class.
W Date Topic Quizzes Assignments
K *Deadline for all assignments is 3pm
*Preparation is required
1 W 9/5  Intro to the course CB L1 due 9/10
 Warm-up activities
 L1 开学 Vocab
Fr 9/7  5-min listening practice Vocab Quiz- p8-9 WB p10-16 due 9/10
 L1 Vocab & Text
Composition 1 住在校内(校外)的好处
和坏处 due 9/12

2 M 9/10  L1 Text & Grammar WB p17-18 due 9/12

Prepare first draft for Storytelling on
WB p19 due 9/12
W 9/12  Reading/Writing activity Prepare Storytelling Presentation
on Composition 1 Review L1 for Lesson Quiz
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 Review L1 WB exercise
p6, 8, 12-16
Fr 9/14  Storytelling revision Lesson Quiz on L1 Composition 1 revision due 9/17
 Storytelling Presenta- Prepare L2 宿舍 Vocab&Text
Draw a picture of your dorm and de-
 Workbook revision
scribe the location of furniture.
Prepare first draft for Oral Report on
WB p35 L. Your Living Quarters due
3 M 9/17  5-min listening practice VQ- p42-43 CB L2 due 9/19
 L2 Vocab & Text WB p21-28 due 9/26
W 9/19  L2 Text & Grammar WB p29-32 due 9/21
Prepare Oral Report
Fr 9/21  Oral Report Revision Composition 2 我梦想中的宿舍(房间)
 Oral Report due 9/26
 Reading/Writing activity Prepare first draft for WB p36 Story-
on Composition 2 telling due 9/24
4 M 9/24  L2 Text & Grammar
W 9/26  Reading/Writing activity Review L2 for Lesson Quiz
 Review L2 WB exercise Prepare Storytelling
on p26-27, 29-32
Fr 9/28  Storytelling Presenta- Lesson Quiz on L2 Composition 2 revision due 10/1
tion Prepare 表达 Unit1 L1 Col-
ors&Shapes, Vocab&Text
Su 9/30 No Class. Happy Moon Festi-
5 M 10/1  Unit1 L1 Colors&Shapes, VQ- p4-5 Review Unit1 L1, Vocab&Text
W 10/3  Unit1 L1, Vocab & Exercises p9 due 10/5
Prepare Unit1 L1, Interactive tasks,

Fr 10/5  Unit1 L1 Interactive Prepare Unit 1, L2 Forms&Objects,

tasks, Vocab & Text Vocab & Text
6 M 10/8 No Class. Columbus Day!
W  Unit1, L2 Forms&Ob- VQ- p10-11 Prepare Unit1 L2, Vocab&Text
10/10 jects, Vocab
Fr  Unit1, L2, Vocab&Text Exercises on p12-13 due 10/15
10/12 Prepare first draft for Role-Play: p16
你想把客厅变成什么样?due 10/15
7 M  Unit1, L2, Text&Gram- Exercises on p14-16 due 10/17
10/15 mar Prepare Unit 1, L3 Describing Visual
Impressions, Vocab & Text
W  Unit1, L3, Describing VQ- p17-18 Prepare Role-play
10/17 Visual Impressions, Vo-
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Fr  Role-play Exercises on p19 due 10/22

10/19  Unit1, L3, Gram- Prepare Unit1 L3, Interactive Tasks
mar&Text Prepare first draft for Oral Report:
Compare the dorm in URI and
Zhejiang University due 10/22
8 M  Unit1 L3, Interactive Prepare Unit1, L4 Describing a Scene
10/22 Tasks or Space, Vocab & Text
W  Unit1, L4 Describing a VQ- p25-26 Exercises on p25-27 due 10/29
10/24 Scene or Space, Vocab Prepare Oral Report
& Text
Fr  Oral Report Prepare IC L3 在饭馆儿, Vocab
10/26  Review of U1

Course Schedule for the second-half of the semester

9 M  5-min listening practice VQ- p78-79 CB L3 due 10/31
10/29  L3 在饭馆儿, Vocab WB p37-45 due 11/5
Prepare first draft for Oral Report:
Recommend a Chinese restaurant in
Hangzhou due 10/31
W  L3 在饭馆儿, Vo- Prepare Oral Report
10/31 cab&Text Composition 3 推荐一家中国饭馆 due
Fr 11/2  Oral Report revision Prepare the first draft on WB p53 Sto-
 Oral Report Presenta- rytelling due 11/5
1 M 11/5  Reading/Writing activ- WB p52 due 11/7
0 ity Review L3 for Lesson Quiz
 L3 在饭馆儿, Prepare Storytelling
 Review L3 WB exercise
p42-45, 47-51
W 11/7 No Class. URI Tuesday
Fr 11/9  Storytelling revision Lesson Quiz on L3 Prepare L4 买东西, Vocab&Text
 Storytelling Presenta- Prepare the first draft on WB p72 Sto-
tion rytelling due 11/12
1 M  5-min listening practice VQ- p112-113 CB L4 due 11/14
1 11/12  L4 买东西, Vocab WB p55-61 due 11/14
Composition 4 题目:你买衣服的标准
准 due 11/14
W  L4 买东西, Gram- Prepare Storytelling
11/14 mar&Text Review L4 for Lesson Quiz
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 Reading/Writing activ-
ity on Composition 4
 Review L4 WB exercise
Fr  Storytelling revision Lesson Quiz on L4 Composition revision due 11/19
11/16  Storytelling Presenta- Prepare L5 选课, Vocab&Text
 Workbook revision
1 M  5-min listening practice VQ- p146-148 CB L5 due 11/21
2 11/19  L5 选课, Vocab WB p73-81 due 11/26
Composition 5 题目:中文和我的专业
due 11/21
W  L5 选课, Gram- WB p82-89 due 11/26
11/21 mar&Text Review L5 for Lesson Quiz
 Reading/Writing activ- Prepare L6 男朋友女朋友, Vo-
ity cab&Text
 Review L5 WB exercise
Fr No Class. Happy Thanksgiv-
11/23 ing!
1 M  Review L5 WB exercise VQ- p186-188 Composition revision due 11/28
3 11/26 p84-87 CB L6 due 11/28
 5-min listening practice WB p103-111 due 12/3
 L6, Vocab
W  L5 Workbook revision Lesson Quiz on L5 WB p112-115 due 12/3
11/28 Composition 6 题目:请你谈一谈你选
男/女朋友的标准 due 12/3
Fr  L6, Text&Grammar Prepare the first draft on WB p120
11/30  Reading/Writing activ- Storytelling due 12/3
ity on Composition 6
1 M 12/3  Review L6 WB exercise Review L6 for Lesson Quiz
4 p107-115 Prepare Storytelling
W 12/5  Storytelling revision Lesson Quiz on L6 Composition revision due 12/7
 Storytelling Presenta-
 L6 Workbook revision
Fr 12/7 Review Grade check due 12/10
1 M Final OPI Interview
5 12/10

The links below contain useful tools for learning Chinese. You are encouraged to submit new
sites that you have found useful or simply cool. Links to any new websites will be shared with
the class via email.
1 Chinese sound system for http://www.chineselit- A good introduction/review
. computers for pinyin with audios and
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2 Chinses-English Dictionary Mousewriting tool, radicals,
. for computers /chindict/chindict.php stroke order animation, et-
ymology, etc.
3 YellowBridge Chinese http://www.yellow- (similar as above)
. Character Dictionary (Se-
lect “Simplified”) for com- nese/character-diction-
puters ary.php
4 Chinese Dictionaries for
. iPhone, iPad, and Android

5 Make flashcards for com-

. puters, iPhone, iPad, and

6 Confucius Institute Online The latest news, online

. learning, essence of Chi-
nese cultures, worldwide
activities, scholarships
7 Taiwan Academy http://tai- (similar as above)

1. Arrive to class on time (Your grade depends on it.).
2. Water, tea, and coffee are acceptable, but there will be no eating in class.
3. Please turn off your phones or any devices that will make sounds before entering the
classroom. Refrain from texting.
4. Refrain from using the technology for other purposes that are not related to the course.
5. Should you have any questions, raise your hands. Refrain from having “side conversa-
tions” with your classmates.

As stated in the University Student Handbook: “"It is a URI CORNERSTONE that "we pursue
knowledge with honesty, integrity, and courage." Therefore, students are expected to be hon-
est in all their interactions and academic work. … … Students are expected to be honest in all
academic work. A student's name on any written work including assignments, lab reports,
internship reports, papers, or examinations, shall be regarded as assurance that the work is
the result of the student's own thought and study. Work should be stated in the student's own
words and produced without assistance or properly attributed to its source. When students
are authorized to work jointly, group effort must be indicated on the work submitted…” Aca-
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demic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, internet plagiarism, obtaining unfair ad-
vantages, falsification of records and official documents, misconduct in internships. Academic
dishonesty will not be tolerated and students will suffer the penalty of a course grade of


As stated in the University Manual: “Faculty shall make reasonable efforts to provide alterna-
tive means for qualified disabled students to fulfill course requirements. Academic Deans, in
consultation with program directors and department chairs, shall modify academic require-
ments on a case by case basis to afford disabled students an equal opportunity. Academic
requirements which the University determines and can demonstrate are essential cannot be
modified.” Thus, to ensure academic success for documented individuals with disabilities, you
are encouraged to initiate requests with me as early in the semester as possible for appropri-
ate accommodations to be made.

Thank you and welcome to the course!