Curriculum

  • Curriculum

  • Each course, EALC 106 (Chinese II), EALC 204 (Chinese III), EALC 206 (Chinese IV), EALC 304 (Advanced Chinese I), EALC 306 (Advanced Chinese II), EALC 404 (Advanced Chinese III), and EALC 412A (Business Chinese I), will last four weeks.  Classes meet in the morning from Monday through Friday, and one-on-one sections are in the afternoon from Monday through Thursday (75 hours in total for each course), providing students with an intensive learning atmosphere within the natural language environment of China. However, all teaching materials and methods, as well as testing, grading, and course evaluations, are from USC.

    Cultural visits and excursions will be arranged to further enhance awareness and understanding of the Chinese language, history and culture.  There will also be two or three longer excursions to outside of Beijing during the program. The cost of field trips is included in the tuition fee.

    Opportunities for interaction with native speakers include a language exchange program with Capital Normal University students, program activities between USC students and the local students, and the everyday interaction our students will experience once they step outside of the dorm building.



    Please note: We plan to offer the following courses. However, the actual courses offered would depend on enrollment.

  • Courses for the 4-week Program

  • (1) 05/25/2016 – 06/21/2016
    EALC 204: Chinese III, 4 units
    EALC 304: Advanced Chinese I, 4 units
    EALC 206: Chinese IV, 4 units
    EALC 412A: Business Chinese I, 4 units

    (2) 06/27/2016 – 07/22/2016
    EALC 206: Chinese IV, 4 units
    EALC 304: Advanced Chinese I, 4 units
    EALC 306: Advanced Chinese II, 4 units
    EALC 404: Advanced Chinese III, 4 units

  • Courses for the 8-week program (05/25/2016 - 07/22/2016)

  • (1) Courses for the first 4 weeks
    EALC 106: Chinese II, 4 units
    EALC 204: Chinese III, 4 units
    EALC 206: Chinese IV, 4 units
    EALC 304: Advanced Chinese I, 4 units


    (2) Courses for the second 4 weeks
    EALC 204: Chinese III, 4 units
    EALC 206: Chinese IV, 4 units
    EALC 304: Advanced Chinese I, 4 units
    EALC 306: Advanced Chinese II, 4 units
    EALC 404: Advanced Chinese III, 4 units


  • EALC 106: This is the second term of the first year. The course develops basic to intermediate abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing of Mandarin Chinese. From “dinning” to “sports”, many useful scenario topics important to beginners are covered. Students of this level are supposed to express personal meaning by combining and recombining known elements and conversational input to make utterances of sentence length. 

  • EALC 204: This course is the first term of the second year. Students will develop the ability to initiate a dialogue and converse with a Mandarin speaker on simple topics of daily life with relative ease, as well as to formulate and understand structurally more complicated sentences. The course material will incorporate topics that are of interest to the students, such as campus and family life and introduce students to Chinese social etiquette, food, transportation by exploring Beijing with hands-on field trips. Students will also learn to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese in reading and writing.

  • EALC 206: This course is the second term of the second year. Students will continue to develop their communicative skills when dealing with routine tasks and social situations in Beijing and further extend their understanding and communicative proficiency about topics outside of daily life. The thematic material introduces advanced topics including social issues, aspects of Chinese culture. Students will acquire a deeper understanding of Chinese society and culture through casual interactions with Beijing locals and visits to historical sites and museums. Students will read and understand short essays, and write compositions on specifically assigned topics.

  • EALC 304: This third-year course trains students to increase their mastery of written and spoken styles of modern Chinese. It aims at developing students’ communicative skills at an advanced level. By means of classroom discussion and essay writing students learn to use complete sentences and paragraphs with vocabulary of increasing sophistication. The class is conducted in Chinese.

  • EALC 306: In this third-year course, the continuation of 304, students gain further confidence in using modern adult Chinese in discussions, speeches, and written essays. They also develop the capability to comprehend unfamiliar spoken or written messages by deduction based on classroom experience and are thus able to use the language in spontaneous and in-depth interaction with native speakers. The class is conducted in Chinese.

  • EALC 404: Advanced Chinese III is designed for students who have finished EALC 306 or the equivalent.The primary goal of this course is to further develop the linguistic skills of advanced Chinese learners through select topics on Chinese culture, society and economics. Through articles from the internet, newspapers and magazines, class activities and course textbook, students learn to express themselves fluently in spoken and written Chinese on any topic and occasion. By reading a wide range of materials, the course also helps students improve their ability to study independently. At the end of the semester, students are expected to achieve the Advanced level on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale.

     

  • EALC 412A: It is Business Chinese course. 412A is an advanced Chinese language course designed for students who have finished EALC 306 or the equivalent. The primary goal is to give students exposure to China’s vibrant business scene and to enhance both their Chinese skills in the business context and their understanding about the social and cultural aspects of “doing business” in China. Students will be given opportunities to visit local companies, and communicate with company operators, including those who are foreigners but running a business in Beijing. After the program, students also have opportunities to be sent to a large company to work as an intern for a month.

  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Taper Hall 356
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0357

  • All photos taken by Elissa L., Yulee Kim and Ka Wong