You should have taken and passed CHIN 101 or its equivalent prior to taking this course.
By the end of this course, students will be able to do the following:
The course consists of 16 lessons, a midterm, and a final. Lessons include speaking assignments, writing assignments, and Speedback assignments. Every lesson begins with a list of expected learning outcomes and the specific assignments for that lesson.
This course also includes an online course orientation video. Complete the orientation before continuing in the course. It is very valuable in helping you understand how the course works and how to succeed in this course. More information is available on the Course Orientation page.
There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or relevant information for the course to the students.
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There are Self Check “quizzes” in each lesson intended to help you review the material covered in that lesson. Self Checks are not graded based on correct and incorrect answers. Rather, you are given full points if you do the checks and no points if you skip them. These points count toward the participation aspect of your final grade. Self Checks are designed to be taken over and over as many times as you wish to help you gain greater mastery of the concepts or skills being tested. If you find that you do not know or are not certain about an answer, go back to the lesson material and reread the section pertaining to that question.
There are sixteen Speedback assignments throughout the course. These assignments are submitted electronically, with the grade immediately revealed. Incorrect answers will be noted, and an explanation of why the student answer was incorrect will be included. Questions will be taken from the textbook and the readings. Speedbacks account for 20 percent of your final grade.
You will be required to complete sixteen writing assignments placed throughout the course. These should be submitted electronically through the course, and they will be graded by the instructor or TA. Grading will be based on provided rubrics associated with each assignment. Graded assignments will be returned with comments. These assignments count toward 10 percent of your final grade. All writing assignments should be written in traditional Chinese characters.
You will submit your completed written assignments electronically through your course. To make sure that I can open and read them, please save as an .RTF (rich text format) file.
A required speaking appointment is part of every lesson, for a total of sixteen appointments. Speaking appointments are like mini oral exams, where students present a prepared oral assignment to the TA and receive feedback at the end of the presentation. A grade will be posted within twenty-four hours of the appointment. Your lowest score from all your appointments can be dropped. Speaking appointments consist of 20 percent of the final grade.
Conversation Cafés are live online conversation practice sessions, moderated by a TA or the instructor, to model higher level speaking skills, answer questions, and help with pronunciation. Students should use the café to find a partner with whom to complete the Conversation Café assignments in each lesson. Students can also practice for the speaking assignments. It is required to attend the Café at least once per lesson. You are given full points if you attend once per lesson and zero points if you do not. These points are included in the rubric for your speaking appointment grade.
There are three mid-course cumulative reviews (lesson 5, after lesson 8, and lesson 12) that cover content from all of the lessons to that point. Lesson 5 and 12 are built the same as all other lessons in the course and each activity is scored regularly.
However, the Mid-Course Review after lesson 8 counts toward 10% of your final grade. It will consist of two parts: first, your midterm speaking appointment and second, an electronically submitted written test. The review will be comprehensive, dealing with all material covered in and before lesson 8.
There are activities and drills in MyChineseLab online which you can use for extra practice. These are optional and will not impact your grade, but they can help you master the skills and knowledge required to succeed in this course. I strongly recommend you take advantage of these opportunities for extra practice! Practice is one of the most crucial keys to mastering the language.
The final exam consists of two parts: first, your final speaking appointment; second, a written segment that you will take in a proctored setting. The exam will be comprehensive, dealing with material presented throughout the entire course. The final exam, both portions combined, accounts for 20 percent of your final grade. You may not retake the final, and you must pass each portion over 60% to pass the course. Due to the nature of this course's learning outcomes, the exams are only available in a paper format. Please plan for shipping time.
Your final course grade will be determined as detailed below.
|Assignments and Exams||Percent of Grade|
|16 Speaking Appointments||20%|
|16 Speedback Assignments||20%|
|16 Writing Assignments||10%|
|Mid-Course Review (after lesson 8)||10%|
|E (fail)||59% or below*|
|*You must pass the final exam to pass the course.|
There are no resubmissions or retakes of graded assignments in this course. With enough practice in the Conversation Café and online at MyChineseLab, you will find your skills will quickly improve, and you will be prepared to successfully complete the assignments and activities in this course.
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16 Speedback assignments, 16 written assignments, 16 speaking appointment assignments, 16 self check activities (optional and counted in an overall participation grade), and one mid-course review (speaking and objective assignments); may not be resubmitted. Lowest speaking appointment score may be dropped.
1 proctored final exam (short answer questions); may not retake. You must pass the Final in order to pass the course.
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