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Dr. Joel Brereton, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Chih-Wei (Elsa) Chang

Lecturer MA, Univeristy of Texas at Austin

Chih-Wei (Elsa) Chang

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Biography

Courses taught:

First-Year Chinese I & II; Second-Year Chinese I and II; Accelerated First and Second Year Chinese; Advanced Conversation (Chinese); Readings in Modern Chinese I

Interests

Chinese language

CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

32170-32175 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 7.124
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Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Not open to students who understand or speak Mandarin Chinese.  Chinese 604 and 506 may not both be counted.

CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

32230 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 7.124
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Readings in expository prose: selections from journals, newspapers, and other sources.  Prerequisite: Chinese 612 or 412L with a grade of at least C

CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

32495 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 800am-930am RLM 5.126
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Continuation of Chinese 506.  Chinese 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 506 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

32510-32515 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 5.122
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Continuation of Chinese 506.  Chinese 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 506 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

32560 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am BEN 1.106
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Drill in conversation on general topics.  Prerequisite: Chinese 412L with a grade of at least C.


CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

32175-32180 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 7.124
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Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Not open to students who understand or speak Mandarin Chinese.  Chinese 604 and 506 may not both be counted.

CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

32230 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 7.124
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Readings in expository prose: selections from journals, newspapers, and other sources.  Prerequisite: Chinese 612 or 412L with a grade of at least C

CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

32055-32060 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 5.116
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Continuation of Chinese 506.  Chinese 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 506 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

32075 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 5.126
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Continuation of Chinese 506.  Chinese 604 and 507 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 506 with a grade of at least C.



CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

32120 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am RLM 6.126
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Drill in conversation on general topics.  Prerequisite: Chinese 412L with a grade of at least C.


CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

31965-31970 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 7.124
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Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Not open to students who understand or speak Mandarin Chinese.  Chinese 604 and 506 may not both be counted.

CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

32020 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CPE 2.222
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Readings in expository prose: selections from journals, newspapers, and other sources.  Prerequisite: Chinese 612 or 412L with a grade of at least C

CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

32020-32025 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 1
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Continuation of first year Mandarin with emphasis on grammar and conversation.  Curriculum included writing and translation, and carefully- controlled speaking exercises. 

CHI 612 • Accelerated Second-Yr Chinese

32030 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 2.102
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Continuation of accelerated first year Chinese.  Curriculum included idiom introduction, grammar reinforcement, essay writing and introduction to China with emphasis on various provinces, and nearby countries. 

CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

32065 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am RLM 6.126
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Strong emphasis on spontaneous conversation through multitude of speaking exercises in a variety of contexts.

CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

31860-31865 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm RLM 7.124
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Instruction in basics of Mandarin Chinese.  Curriculum ranged from speech with emphasis on tones and pronunciation, character writing, listening comprehension, and reading.  Language formats taught: pinyin, simplified, and traditional.

CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

31915 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CPE 2.222
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A third-year Mandarin course introducing reading samples designed to enhance students’ analytical ability to comprehend formal Chinese readings in narrative, descriptive, and expository style and to broaden students’ knowledge of modern China.  

CHI 507 • First-Year Chinese II

32255-32260 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am GAR 1.126
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CHI 507 will continue to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. CHI 506 and CHI 507
are designed for students who do not understand Mandarin Chinese. Those who do must take CHI 604.
Not open to native speakers of Chinese. CHI 604 and 507 may not both be counted. Prerequisites:
CHI 506 with a grade of at least C.

TEXTS:

Practical Chinese Reader I (Lessons 25 - 30) and II (Lessons 31 - 40)

 

 

CHI 612 • Accelerated Second-Yr Chinese

32270 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 2.102
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This course is the equivalent of CHI 412K and CHI 412L. This course is open to students who have taken
CHI 604 and received a grade of C or better, or students with any native ability in Chinese who are
eligible for credit in the placement exam for CHI 412K. Students who are eligible for credit in CHI 412K
may not accept that credit and enroll in CHI 612 because CHI 412K/L and CHI 612 may not both be
counted for credit. Prerequisites: CHI 604 with a grade of at least a C, credit by examination for CHI
507 or consent of instructor.

CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

32315 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am RLM 5.126
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese. The goal of this course is to help students develop their
communicative competence using modern standard Chinese. In addition to situations provided in the
textbook, we will discuss topics related to student life. Prerequisites: CHI 412L or consent of
instructor.

CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

31080-31085 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 800am-930am RLM 7.124
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CHI 604 and 506 may not both be counted. Not open to students who understand or speak Mandarin
Chinese. Student will learn to speak and understand Chinese, as well as to read and write Chinese. CHI
506 and CHI 507 are designed for students who do not understand Mandarin Chinese. Those who do
must take CHI 604.

Texts/Readings:
Practical Chinese Reader I (Lessons 1-24)

CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

31145 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 6.112
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There are three objectives for this course: (1) to build up a large vocabulary; (2) to review basic
grammar patterns acquired in the first two years and to continue learning new patterns; and (3) to
develop proficiency in reading through essays discussing China’s contemporary issues. Prerequisite:
CHI 612 or 412L completed in residence, or consent of instructor.

Texts/Readings:
Liu, A Chinese Text for a Changing China

CHI 612 • Accelerated Second-Yr Chinese

31370 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1000-1100 RLM 5.114
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Mon.

Tue.

Wed.

Thu.

Fri.

 1.  1/18-1/22

      Homework

MLK

Holiday

Introduction

L.41 NW

Quiz, L.41

L.42 NW+ Translation

Q1, L.42

Translation

 

L.41, 42 HW

L.43 NW

 

 2.  1/25-1/29

      Homework

         T1

 

Q2, L.43

Translation

 

L.43 HW

L.44 NW

 

Q3, L.44

Translation

L.44 HW

L.45 NW

 3.  2/1-2/5

      Homework

T2

Q4, L.45

Translation

 

L.45 HW

L.46 NW

Q5, L.46

Translation

L.46 HW

L.47 NW

 4.  2/8-2/12

      Homework

T3

Q6, L.47

Translation

 

L.47 HW

L.48 NW

Q7, L.48

Translation

L.48 HW

L.49 NW

 5.  2/15-2/19

      Homework

T4

Q8, L.49

Translation

 

L.49 HW

L.50 NW

Q9, L.50

Translation

L.50 HW

L.1 NW

 6.  2/22-2/26

      Homework

T5

Q10, L.1

Translation

 

L.1 HW

L.2 NW

Q11, L.2

Translation

L.2 HW

L3. NW

 7.  3/1-3/5

      Homework

T6

Q12, L.3

Translation

L.3 HW
L.4 NW

 

Q13, L.4

Listening

(L1, 2)

Q14, L.4

Translation

 8.  3/8-3/12

      Homework

T7

L.4 HW

L.5 NW

Q15, L.5

Listening

(L3, 4)

Q16, L.5

Translation

 

L.5 HW

L.6 NW

***********************Spring Brake *********************

 

 9.  3/22-3/26

      Homework

T8

Q17, L.6

Translation

L.6 HW

L.7 NW

Q18, L.7

Translation

 

L.7 HW

L.8 NW

10. 3/29-4/2               

      Homework

T9

Q19, L.8

Listening

(L.5, 6)

Q20, L.8

Translation

L.8 HW

L.9 NW

Q21, L.9

Translation

 

11.  4/5-4/9

      Homework

T10

L.9 HW

L.10 NW

Q22, L.10

Listening

(L.7, 8)

Q23, L.10

Translation

 

L.10 HW

L.11 NW

12.  4/12-4/16

      Homework

T11

Q24, L.11

Translation

L.11 HW

L.12 NW

Q25, L.11

Translation

 

L.11 HW

L.12 NW

 

13.  4/19-4/23

      Homework

T12

Paper due

Q26, L.12

Listening

(L9, 10)

Q27, L.12

Translation

L.12 HW

Listening

(L.11)

Map Quiz

Review

14.  4/26-4/30

 

REV-1

(L.1-7)

Review

Review/

Presentation

Presentation

Presentation

15.  5/3-5/7

   

REV-2

(L.8-12)

Oral

Oral

REV-3

(L.1-12)

Oral

CHINESE 612 SYLLABUS

 

CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

31415 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1100-1200 RLM 5.126
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Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Drill in conversation on general topics.  Prerequisite: Chinese 412L with a grade of at least C.


CHI 506 • First-Year Chinese I

31485 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm RLM 5.118
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Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).  Not open to students who understand or speak Mandarin Chinese.  Chinese 604 and 506 may not both be counted.

CHI 412K • Second-Year Chinese I

31520-31525 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1030 RLM 5.120
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 ii 

Fall 2009 CHI 412K: Second Year Chinese I 

Instructors 

Camilla H. Hsieh (8 A.M. class)  Elsa Chang (9:30 class) 

Office: WCH 5.132 (475-6046)  Office: WCH 5.116 (475-6041)  

Office Hours:    Office hours: T 12:30-2:00p; TH 1:30-3:00p 

E-mail: camilla@mail.utexas.edu  E-mail: elsa_cwc@yahoo.com   

 

Teaching Assistants (Office WMB 1.114, 475-6796):  

Shaohua (Sarah) Guo    Flora Chuang 

E-mail: shaohuasunshine@yahoo.com E-mail: fchuang@mail.utexas.edu 

Office Hours:  TBA    Office Hours:  TBA 

 

Required Course Materials: 

 (1) Practical Chinese Reader II 

 (2) CHI 412K course packet by Dr. Wen-Hua Teng, available at  

       Paradigm Books on 24th Street. (472-7986) 

 

The instructors of this course will use e-mail to communicate with you.  It is your 

responsibility to update your e-mail address with the University and to check your e-mail 

regularly.  We also use Blackboard (courses.utexas.edu) to supply any supplementary 

materials, and group e-mails. 

 

 

PRE-REQUISITE: CHI 507 with a grade of at least C. 

 

Tentative Final exam dates: 

(Hsieh) December 12, 2:00-5:00 

(Chang): December 15, 9:00-12 noon 

 

 

Grading Policy 

    8 Vocabulary quizzes    8% 

4 Tests    40% 

    8 Homework   12% 

    3 Listening quizzes  12% 

5 Reading Fluency Tests   6% 

    1 Dialogue Test    6% 

 Final Exam   16% 

    Attendance         Mandatory 

    Preparation         Mandatory 

 

 

 iii 

All CHI 412K grades are calculated numerically throughout the semester.  For transcript 

purpose, letter grades are given at the end of the semester according to the conversion chart 

below: 

 

A+ = 97-100,   A = 94-96,   A- = 90-93                     B+ = 87-89,    B = 84-86,   B- = 80-83 

C+ = 77-79,     C = 74-76,   C- = 70-73                      D+= 67-69,    D = 64-66,   D- = 60-63                 

F = 0-59   

 

 

Vocabulary quizzes:  A vocabulary quiz is only ten minutes long.  At the end of the semester, 

the lowest score will be dropped.  Each student is entitled to have one (1) make-up vocabulary 

quiz.  In the event that a second make-up quiz becomes necessary, a 10% deduction from your 

score will be implemented.  Any make-up quiz must be taken within three (3) days after the 

regular one is given.  A third make-up quiz will not be allowed. 

 

Tests:  All test scores will count toward your final grade.  Each student is entitled to one make- 

up test provided that a legitimate reason is given at least one (1) day before the test take place, 

and the make-up test must be taken within three (3) days after  the regular one is given.  In case 

there is an unforeseen emergency, the arrangement for taking the make-up test must be made as 

soon as possible.  In the event that a second make-up test becomes necessary, a 10% deduction 

from your score will be implemented; e.g., a 90 becomes 81.  A third make-up test will not be 

allowed.  All make-ups must be taken during office hours

 

Homework Assignments 

 Homework #1:  All assigned homework #1 must be completed before coming to class, 

but they do not have to be turned in.  If you wish to have it checked, you are required to turn in 

the character version on or before the day Homework #2 for the same lesson is due.  However, 

character mistakes will not be corrected; corrections will only be made on grammatical errors.  

You are encouraged to use a Chinese word processor to write Homework #1. 

 Homework #2:  All assigned Homework #2 must be written by hand, and are due on 

the next class day after the answers are discussed.  After that, the homework will not be 

accepted and you will receive a zero (0) for that assignment.  Homework past due by more 

than one (1) week will not be accepted

 Students who come to class on the day when answers of Homework #2 are to be 

discussed without doing the homework in characters beforehand will be considered 

absent for that day. 

 

Fluency tests: These tests will be conducted in classroom on the days when the texts are to be 

read.  Guidelines and the evaluation sheet can be found on p. 64 in this packet. 

 

Listening quizzes 

 A.  Each student is entitled to one (1) make-up listening quiz provided that there is a 

legitimate reason.  If no legitimate reason is provided, a 10% deduction from your make-up 

score will be implemented.  A second make-up quiz will not be allowed

 B.  At the end of the semester, the lowest score will be dropped. 

 

 iv 

Dialogue Test:  this test will take place in class.  The dialogues included in this test are on  

p. 13, p. 20, p. 37, p. 44, p. 49, and p. 108 of this packet.  Each student will say two (2) 

dialogues with two different partners.  The two dialogues will be drawn randomly at the time of 

the test.  The evaluation standard will be: grammar accuracy (40%), pronunciation (30%), and 

fluency (30%). 

 

 

Attendance 

 A. You are allowed a maximum of three (3) absences without penalty during the 

semester.  Each subsequent absence will incur a penalty of 0.5 point deduction from your end 

of semester grade.  You must use these three penalty-free absences wisely and carefully (e.g., 

doctor's appointments, job interviews, family reunion, car problems, oversleeping, studying for 

another class, being unable to do Homework #2, etc.).  Unless you can provide adequate 

evidence that you are ill for a period of time, which lasts longer than three (3) days, no 

exceptions will be made. 

 B. Being more than ten (10) minutes late will be considered a half absence.  On the day 

when answers of Homework #2 are to be discussed, being more than 5 minutes late will be 

considered a half absence. 

 C. More than seven (7) absences, the three penalty-free ones included, during the 

semester will lower your semester grade by one full grade. 

 D. Twelve (12) absences, the three ones included, will automatically result in an F 

grade for this course. 

 

 

Preparation:  All students are required to prepare for each class day's material according to the 

Homework Preparation Schedule (pp. 3-6) in this packet.  A letter grade will be given to each 

student on their classroom performance on a regular basis.  On days when answers of 

Homework #1 or in-class exercises are to be discussed, those who did not prepare will 

automatically receive an F grade for classroom performance.  On days when answers of 

homework #2 are to be discussed, those who did not prepare will be considered absent.  At the 

end of the semester, the preparation grades will be averaged, and each student's semester 

average will be adjusted based on the following chart: 

 

     A+, A  +1 

     A-  +0.5 

     B+, B, B- no change 

     C+, C, C- -0.5 

     D+, D, D- -1 

     F  -2 

 

Mobile Phones:  Mobile phones must be turned off during class time.  Students whose mobile 

phones ring in class will receive a warning the first time.  Each subsequent violation of this 

policy is equivalent to half an absence.  Students whose mobile phones ring during a quiz or 

a test will have 5 points taken off that quiz/test. 

 

 

 v 

Scholastic Dishonesty 

 A.  Copying another student's homework is considered an act of scholastic dishonesty.  

The student who does the copying will receive a zero for the assignment, and the other student 

will receive 50% of the original grade.  Any dispute will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean 

of Students. 

**Do not share the answers of Homework #2 with a classmate who was absent on the day 

when the answers were discussed.  This is considered an act of copying.    

 B.  Collaboration on any homework assignment is considered an act of scholastic 

dishonesty.  Both, or all, of the students involved will receive 50% of the grade of the 

homework assignment.  Both, or all, students involved will be reported to the Office of the 

Dean of Students. 

 C.  Passing information from one class to another is considered an act of scholastic 

dishonesty.  Both, or all, students involved will be reported to the Office of the Dean of 

Students. 

**Do not accept answers of homework from a student who took this course previously; do 

not pass answers of homework to a student who will take this course in the future. 

 D.  Any form of cheating, along with those who commit it, will be reported to the 

Office of the Dean of Students even if there is only circumstantial evidence. 

 

 

Important Notes 

 A.  After each of the tests and listening quizzes has been graded, all students are  

       strongly encouraged to visit the instructor during office hours to discuss the  

       mistakes.  All tests, including the final exam, will be kept in the department's office  

       until the end of the following semester.  After which, they will be destroyed. 

 B.  You should go to http://www.laits.utexas.edu/itsaud/ and find the CHI 412K  

      listening materials.  Listen to the text and listening practice for each lesson from time  

      to time to strengthen your listening comprehension and to prepare for the listening  

      quizzes. 

C.  The following are useful links for studying Chinese.  They are also listed in  

      "External Links" of our class Blackboard.  

      http://www.zhongwen.com  

      http://ktmatu.com  

      http://www.njstar.com  (Chinese word processor). 

 

 

* It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin that the student must notify each 

instructor at least fourteen (14) days prior to the classes scheduled on dates he or she will be 

absent to observe a religious holy day.  For religious holidays that fall within the first two 

weeks of the semester, the notice should be given on the first day of the semester. 

 

** The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments 

for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of 

Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY. 

 

 

CHI 320K • Readings In Modern Chinese I

31540 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm RLM 6.112
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Readings in expository prose: selections from journals, newspapers, and other sources.  Prerequisite: Chinese 612 or 412L with a grade of at least C

CHI 612 • Accelerated Second-Yr Chinese

30905 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 1000-1100 RLM 6.126
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Continuation of Chinese 604.  Chinese 612 and 412K may not both be counted; Chinese 612 and 412L may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: Chinese 604 with a grade of at least C.


CHI 325K • Advanced Conversation I

30950 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 1100-1200 RLM 5.126
show description

Not open to native speakers of Chinese.  Drill in conversation on general topics.  Prerequisite: Chinese 412L with a grade of at least C.


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