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CHINESE 1Z06A Mandarin Chinese For Beginner

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Renee Rui Wang


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Mon 6-7pm

Course Objectives:

This is 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 are used to provide a firm grammatical foundation for further study. By the end of term, student will be able to read and write about 300 Chinese characters, and will be able to carry on simple dialogues on certain daily topics.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Liu Xun et al.  New Practical Chinese Reader (NPCR), Book 1. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2003.  Specifically, they are:

  • NPCR Textbook 1, with/without CDs; 新实用汉语课本

  • NPCR Workbook 1, with/without CDs. 练习册

Method of Assessment:


Instructor’s evaluation (attitude, effort made, preparation, participation in class)   20%

Assignments                                                                                                            20 %

Midterm Written Exam (TBA)                                                                                   15 %

Oral Test                                                                                                                 15 %

Final Written Exam   (TBA)                                                                                      30 %  

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

NO late assignments/homeworks will be accepted.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

WEEK 1:  Warming up & Lesson 1 你好 (Culture Highlight: the Chinese language)                     

Sept 14                       

WEEK 2: Lesson 2 你忙吗 (Culture Highlight: Chinese characters and the “Common Speech”)  

Sept 21

WEEK 3: Lesson 2(cont’d) (Culture Highlight: &Lesson 3 她是哪国人 (Cultural Highlight: Scheme of the Chinese Phonetic Alphabet)    

Sept 28    

WEEK 4: Lesson 3(cont’d) (Cultural Highlight: Introductions) & Lesson 4 认识你很高兴 (Cultural Highlight: Greetings to people you meet for the first time)        

Oct 5

WEEK 5: Thanksgiving Day, NO class on Monday, Oct. 12.

Oct 12

WEEK 6: Lesson 4(cont’d) & Review

Oct 19

WEEK 7: Midterm Written Exam  

Oct 26            

WEEK 8:  Lesson 5 餐厅在哪儿 (Culture Highlight: Chinese dictionaries)

Nov 2

WEEK 9: Lesson 5(cont’d) & 6 我们去游泳,好吗 (Cultural Highlight: Making comments )     

Nov 9

WEEK 10: Lesson 6 (cont’d) (Cultural Highlight: Beijing Opera)               

Nov 16                       

WEEK 11:Lesson 7 你认识不认识他 (Cultural Highlight: Chinese names)                    

Nov 23

WEEK 12:Lesson 7 (cont’d) & Review      

Nov 30

WEEK 13:Oral Presentation.                        

Dec 7

Other Course Information:

Important Policies

Absences: NO make-up tests/exams will be given, and NO late assignment will be accepted either, unless verification documentation (doctor’s note, etc.) is provided within one week. Students absent from class are responsible for obtaining missed notes from classmates. More than two absences will lower a final letter grade.

Class contacts: You should have at least 2 contact information of your classmates. In the case of absence of a class, please contact your classmate(s) for the materials you have missed.

Email policy: Please do not email the instructor with explanations for absences, simply bring the documentation to the next class if you have one. Emails about matters that have been clearly announced in class will not receive a reply.

Wireless phone must be turned off in class.