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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Renee Rui Wang


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 511A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: 4:15-5:15pm on Mondays

Course Objectives:

With the completion of the study of the rudiments of phonetics as provided in the fall section of ChineseIZ06, the emphasis in this section will shift to Chinese grammar and character writing.  Vocabulary will be expanded to 500 to 700 words. Students will be able to use the target language to discuss daily topics through exercising integrated practical Chinese in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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;
  • NPCR Workbook 1, with/without CDs.

Method of Assessment:

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

            Oral Assignment                                                                                                            10 %

            Writen Assignment                                                                                                         10%

            Midterm Written Exam (on Feb 24 in class)                                                                    15 %

            Oral Test                                                                                                                         15 %

            Final Written Exam   (TBA)                                                                                             30 %

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:


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.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

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:  Review & Lesson 7  ä½ è®¤è¯†ä¸è®¤è¯†å¥¹ (Culture Highlight: Getting to know each other)                     


WEEK 2: Lesson 7  (continued) & Lesson 8你们家有几口人 ( Culture Highlight: My home vs. my family)

Jan. 13-17

WEEK 3: Lesson 8 (continued) & Lesson 9他今年20岁 (Cultural Highlight: How old are you?

Jan. 20-24         

WEEK 4: Lesson 9 (continued) & Lesson 10    Chinese New Year Celebration!            

Jan. 27-31      

WEEK 5: Lesson 10 我在这儿买光盘 (Cultural Highlight: Go shopping)

Feb. 3-7

WEEK 6: Review

Feb. 10-14

WEEK 7: Mid-term recesses. No class.        


WEEK 8: Mid-term& Lesson 11 我会说一点儿汉语(Cultural Highlight: Being modest)


WEEK 9: Lesson 11(continued) & Lesson 12 我全身都不舒服(Cultural Highlight: Concerns about health)                  

Mar. 3-7     

WEEK 10: : Lesson 12(continued) & Lesson 13 我认识了一个漂亮的姑娘(Cultural Highlight: International marriage in modern China)               


WEEK 11:Lesson 13(continued) & Lesson 14 祝你圣诞快乐(Cultural Highlight: Happy holiday!)


WEEK 12:Lesson 14 (continued)  


WEEK 13:Review.

Mar.31- Apr.4

WEEK 14: last class on April 7 for oral presentation.