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What You Should Already Know

You should have taken CHIN 041 or one semester of Chinese prior to taking this course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will learn to do the following:

Course Materials

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Course Organization

The course consists of nine units and a final. Units include speaking, writing, and unit quizzes. Every unit begins with a list of expected learning outcomes and the specific assignments for that unit.

Other Resources

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.

Other Technical Considerations

This course functions best in a web browser other than Internet Explorer. If you only have Internet Explorer, you can download other browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, etc.) for free online. If you have trouble playing audio files in Internet Explorer, you may wish to associate your audio (mp3) files with the Quicktime player. If you have trouble doing this, contact Technical Support at 1-877-897-8085 or istech@byu.edu.

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Self-Checks and MyChineseLab

There are self-check “quizzes” in each unit intended to help you review the material covered in that unit. 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 unit material and reread the section pertaining to that question. If you don’t like your grade on a given self-check, retake it until you are satisfied with the grade. The points from these self-checks count toward the participation portion of your final grade. MyChineseLab, an online resource that accompanies this course, also provides activities and resources to help you practice and refine your growing skills in Chinese. Unless part of a unit assignment, MyChineseLab activities are optional and do not count toward your grade (see Extra Practice, below).

Unit Quizzes

There are eight unit quiz 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’s answer was incorrect will be included. Questions will be taken from the textbook and the readings. Unit quizzes account for 20 percent of your final grade.

Writing Assignments

You will be required to complete nine writing assignments paced throughout the course. These should be submitted electronically through the dropbox and will be graded by the instructor or a teaching assistant. Grading will be based on provided rubrics associated with each assignment. Graded assignments will be returned with comments. These assignments count toward 20 percent of your final grade.

Conversation Café

The Conversation Café is a virtual (online) room where required conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn.

Speaking Appointments

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you can take the unit quiz or the speaking appointment in the next unit.

Speaking appointments with the instructor are different:

The following information applies to all speaking appointments:

Cumulative Review

There is a mid-course cumulative review that covers content from all of the units to that point. It includes a written, instructor-graded assignment and a mid-term speaking appointment, which together account for 10 percent of your final grade.

Extra Practice

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.

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The final exam will consist of two parts: first, your final speaking appointment and second, a written exam with a multiple choice bubble-sheet portion and a short-answer segment. The exam will be comprehensive, dealing with material presented throughout the entire course. The final exam accounts for 20 percent of your final grade. You must pass separately both the oral and the written portion of the final exam with at least a 45 percent in order to pass the course. Notes will not be allowed during your final speaking appointment. If you use notes during the final speaking appointment, you will receive a 0 grade and fail 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.

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Your final course grade will be determined as detailed below.

Assignments and ExamsPercent of Grade
Participation (Self-Checks and MyChineseLab)20%
Speaking Appointments20%
Unit Quizzes20%
Writing Assignments10%
Mid-course Cumulative Review Assignments10%
Final Exam20%
Grading Scale
E (fail)44% or below*

*You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


8 unit quizzes; 9 writing assignments; 1 mid-course review; 9 speaking appointment assignments (lowest score dropped); may not be resubmitted. No resubmissions. You must complete all graded items before you can receive your final course grade.


1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, instructor-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 45 percent on each. 

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.