Iowa in Tianjin Curriculum

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The Iowa in Tianjin summer program was developed by the Chinese Program in 2006. It is hosted by the School of Chinese Language and Culture within Tianjin University of Technology (TUT), China. The program will offer four-credit Chinese Language courses for students who have completed First-, Second-, or Third-year Chinese classes at The University of Iowa or equivalent. In addition, students are required to take a three-credit cultural course and one-credit cultural practice course. Students can go to the program website and then go to the Application Tab to find the application. If you are interested in the program but have questions for the program, please contact Professor Helen Shen, Coordinator of the Chinese Program (PH 661; helen-shen@uiowa.edu). If you have no questions and would like to applying for the program, please make an appointment with Ana Jimenez at UI Office for Study Abroad prior to your application (ana-Jimenez@uiowa.edu; Tel. 319-335-0353; Office location: International Programs 1111 University Capitol Centre). For detailed information related to courses, course schedule, course syllabi, language partners, and attendance policy, please see below:

 

Language Courses

Course # Course Title Class hrs/week Credit Textbooks
047 Practical Chinese IV 8   New Practical Chinese Reader IV
047 Practical Chinese IV (exercises) 8 4 total New Practical Chinese Reader IV (workbook)
045 Practical Chinese III 8   New Practical Chinese Reader III
045 Practical Chinese III (exercises) 8 4 total New Practical Chinese Reader III(workbook)
043 Practical Chinese II 8   New Practical Chinese Reader II
043  Practical Chinese II (exercises) 8 4 total New Practical Chinese Reader II (workbook)


Cultural Course

053 Chinese Regional Culture 4 3 Handouts


Cultural Practice Courses

054 Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting 2 1 Handouts
037 Chinese Folk Art 2 1 Handouts
039 Shadow-boxing (Taiji) 2 1 Handouts
038 Chinese Folk Music 2 1 Handouts
040 Chinese Martial Arts 2 1 Handouts


Daily Course Schedule (subject to change)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.-10:10 a.m. Practical Chinese Practical Chinese (Exercises) Practical Chinese Practical Chinese (Exercises) Practical Chinese (Exercises)
10:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practical Chinese Chinese Regional Culture Practical Chinese Chinese Regional Culture Practical Chinese (Exercises)
1:30 p.m. -3:10 p.m. Chinese Folk Art Cultural Exploration Elective Courses Cultural Exploration Homework/
language exercises
3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Homework/language exercises Cultural Exploration Homework/ language exercises Cultural Exploration  

Note: Class hours may change if the schedule above conflicts with the field trips

 

Syllabi for Chinese Language courses (subject to change):


047: Practical Chinese IV

Credit: 4
Class hours: 128 (16 hrs / week)
Required Textbooks: New Practical Chinese Reader IV  and New Practical Chinese Reader IV (workbook) 
Prerequisites: This course is designed for English-speaking students who have successfully completed Chinese 041- 045 or equivalent (e.g. students who have successfully completed the two-year Chinese program at The University of Iowa). Students are required to have a good command of Chinese phonetic system and basic grammar, to be able to conduct daily conversation in simple Chinese, and to read and write short passages with an active vocabulary of about 1600 words and 1000 simplified Chinese characters and 300 basic sentence patterns.
Course description and objectives: This is an intensive 4-credit 8-week compulsory course for English-speaking students. Classes meet 20 hours a week, 12 of which are for integrated Chinese learning and 8 for comprehensive exercises. Based upon the students' oral/aural abilities, this course aims to develop students' communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese at the intermediate level, with special emphasis on speaking and reading skills. By the end of the course, students are expected to

  1. be able to understand daily conversations and short passages with no more than 2% new words and expressions with 180-220 characters per minute, and to take notes with 15-18 characters per minute;
  2. learn, through communicative classroom activities and field trips, more functional items and idiomatic expressions and be able to use them to conduct daily conversations and discussions in standard Mandarin pronunciation and appropriate cultural manners. Students are also expected to read aloud at 150-160 characters per minute;
  3. be able to read and write with an active new vocabulary of 600 Chinese characters. Various methods, such as word collocation, analysis of the new characters in terms of their sound, shape and meaning, will be adopted in the class in order to help students to achieve more efficient vocabulary learning. Focus will no more be on writing but on recognition of the characters. Computer processed assignments will be encouraged;
  4. have a good command of about 80 new language points, sentence patterns and functional items. Focus will be put on reviewing the basic sentence patterns and practicing complex sentence patterns. Reading skills, such as complex sentence reading, guessing meaning of the new words from the context, skimming for gist, will be introduced in order to help students to achieve more efficient reading with a rate of 170-180 characters per minute.

Students are required to be well-prepared before class and actively involved in the classroom activities.

 Assignments: Your assignments may involve the following activities:

  1. Preview lessons before class, which involves listening to the CDs of the lesson covered, making new vocabulary cards, practicing the characters and preparing questions.
  2. Work on reading/writing/grammar homework.
  3. Review the lesson covered during the week and prepare for your in-class oral performance.
  4. Prepare for your quizzes and tests.

Testing: Oral and Written
There will be 10 weekly vocabulary quizzes and 2 monthly tests including oral and written for this course. The detailed schedule is outlined below:

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st week        
2nd week vocabulary quiz   vocabulary quiz listening and oral quiz
3rd week vocabulary quiz   vocabulary quiz  
4th week   monthly written test 1    monthly oral quiz 1
5th week vocabulary quiz   vocabulary quiz  
6th week vocabulary quiz   vocabulary quiz listening and oral quiz
7th week vocabulary quiz   vocabulary quiz  
8th week   monthly written test 2 monthly oral quiz 2  


Grading system: The grading system of the Department of Asian Language and Literature at Iowa University is adopted for this course. 
There will be two monthly exams for this course. DAILY PARTICIPATION and PERFORMANCE is the major reference for evaluation. The full score for each class, assignment, and quiz will be 5 points. Daily class participation and performance will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

5 points — Fully prepared, excellent performance
4 points — Well prepared, good performance
3 points — Some evidence of preparation, but at least one major problem
2 points — Some evidence of preparation, but more than one major problem
1 point — Present but unprepared
0 point — Absent

Your daily class performance will count for 50% of your final grade, weekly quizzes/written assignments 25%, and the monthly exam 25%. Your final grade is determined according to the 5-point system: 

  • A+ = 4.7 or above
  • A = 4.4 – 4.6
  • A- = 4.0 – 4.3
  • B+ = 3.7 – 3.9
  • B = 3.4 – 3.6
  • B- = 3.0 – 3.3
  • C+ = 2.7 – 2.9
  • C = 2.4 – 2.6
  • C- = 2.0 – 2.3
  • D+ = 1.7 – 1.9
  • D = 1.4 – 1.6
  • D- = 1.0 – 1.3


045: Practical Chinese III

Credit: 4
Class hours: 128 (16 hrs / week)
Required Textbooks: New Practical Chinese Reader III  and New Practical Chinese Reader III (workbook)
Prerequisite:This course is designed for English-speaking students who have successfully completed Chinese 041 and 043 or equivalent (e.g. students who have successfully completed two-year Chinese study at The University of Iowa).
Course description and objectives: This is an intensive 8-week course for English-speaking students. Classes meet 16 hours a week, 8 of which are for integrated Chinese learning and 8 for comprehensive exercises. Based upon the students' oral/aural abilities, this course aims to develop students' communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese at the intermediate level, with special emphasis on speaking and reading skills. By the end of the course, students are expected to meet the following objectives:

  1. Be able to understand daily conversations and expressions in short passages with around 2% new words at a speed of 200 syllables per minute.
  2. Learn functional items and idiomatic expressions and be able to use them to conduct daily conversations and discussions with standard pronunciation and appropriate cultural manners. Students are also expected to read aloud at 150-160 characters per minute.
  3. Be able to read and write with an active new vocabulary of 600 Chinese characters. Various methods, such as word formation, analysis of the new characters in terms of their sound, shape and meaning, will be adopted in the class in order to help students to achieve more efficient vocabulary learning. More focus will be given on character recognition. The use of a Chinese word processor for composition is encouraged.
  4. Have a good command of about 70 new language points, sentence patterns and functional items. Students will be continuously drilled in the basic sentence patterns. Reading skills, such as complex sentence reading, guessing the meaning of the new words from the context, skimming for the gist, will be introduced in order to help students to achieve more efficient reading at a rate of 170-180 characters per minute.

Students are required to preview lessons before class and actively participating in language activities in class.

Assignments: Your assignments may involve the following activities:

  1. Preview lessons before class, which involves listening to the CDs of the lesson covered, making new vocabulary cards, practicing the characters and preparing questions.
  2. Work on reading/writing/grammar homework.
  3. Review the lesson covered during the week and preparing for your in-class oral performance.
  4. Prepare for your quizzes and tests.

Testing: Oral and Written
There will be 10 weekly vocabulary quizzes and 2 monthly tests including oral and written for this course. Click here for the detailed testing schedule (it is the same for all the language courses.) 

Grading system: Click here to view the grading system. The grading system is the same for all the courses.


043: Practical Chinese II

Credit: 4
Class hours: 128 (16 hrs / week)
Required Textbooks: New Practical Chinese Reader II and New Practical Chinese Reader II (workbook) 
Prerequisite: This course is designed for English-speaking students who have successfully completed Chinese 041- 042 or equivalent (e.g. students who have successfully completed 1 year Chinese program at The University of Iowa).
Course description and objectives: This is an intensive 4-credit 8-week compulsory course for English-speaking students. Classes meet 16 hours a week, 8 of which are for integrated Chinese learning and 8 for comprehensive exercises. Based upon the students' oral/aural abilities, this course aims to develop students' communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese at the elementary level, with special emphasis on speaking and reading skills. By the end of the course, students are expected to

  1. be able to understand daily conversations and expressions in short passages with around 2% new words at a speed of 160 syllables per minute.
  2. learn functional items and idiomatic expressions and be able to use them to conduct daily conversations and discussions with standard pronunciation and appropriate cultural manners. Students are also expected to read aloud at 150-160 characters per minute.
  3. be able to read and write about 50 basic Chinese characters with an active new vocabulary of 500 words. Various methods, such as word formation, analysis of the new characters in terms of their sound, shape and meaning, will be adopted in the class in order to help students to achieve more efficient vocabulary learning. More focus will be given on character recognition. The use of a Chinese Word Process for composition is encouraged.
  4. have a good command of about 62 new language points, sentence patterns and functional items. Students will be continuously drilled in the basic sentence patterns. Reading skills, such as complex sentence reading, guessing the meaning of the new words from the context, skimming for the gist, will be introduced in order to help students to achieve more efficient reading at a rate of 160-170 characters per minute.

Students are required to be well-prepared before class and actively involved in the classroom activities.

Assignments: Your assignments may involve the following activities:

  1. Preview lessons before class, which involves listening to the CDs of the lesson covered, making new vocabulary cards, practicing the characters and preparing questions.
  2. Work on reading/writing/grammar homework.
  3. Review the lesson covered during the week and preparing for your in-class oral performance.
  4. Prepare for your quizzes and tests.

Testing: Oral and Written
There will be 10 weekly vocabulary quizzes and 2 monthly tests including oral and written for this course. There will be 10 weekly vocabulary quizzes and 2 monthly tests including oral and written for this course. Click here for the detailed testing schedule (it is the same for all the language courses.)

Grading system: Click here to view the grading system. The grading system is the same for all the courses.

 

Syllabus for Cultural Course


053: Chinese Regional Culture

Credit: 3
Class hours: 32 (4 hrs / week) + field trips 
Prerequisites: This course is designed for English-speaking students who have a good command of Chinese phonetic system and basic grammar; are able to conduct daily conversation in simple Chinese, and to read and write short passages with an active vocabulary of 800 simplified Chinese characters.
Course description and objectives: This is an 8-week course for English-speaking students. The course will be conducted both in English and Chinese. Each week, there will be 4-hour classroom learning and 1-2 local field trips or cultural activities. This course is intended to help students understand Chinese society, culture, and social values, so that that they can cope with real life situations not only with standard Mandarin pronunciation and grammar but also in appropriate cultural manners as well. This course will take full advantage of the geographical priority of Tianjin to expose students to Tianjin and Beijing regional culture and history. By the end of this course, students are expected to have an overall understanding of Tianjin social culture, folk culture, history and social values, and to be able to communicate with local Chinese people in proper ways. 

Students are required to be well-prepared for each class and actively involved in the classroom activities and cultural exploration.

Assignments: Your assignments may involve the following activities:

  1. Preview lessons before class, which involves collecting materials on the relevant topics.
  2. Work on reading/writing homework.
  3. Review the lesson covered during the week and preparing for your in-class presentation.

Testing: Presentation and Report 
There will be 4 weekly presentations and 2 monthly reports for this course. Students are expected to hand in two essays in English, each of which is in 8-10 page length, double spaced. the topics of which should be on Tianjin or Beijing social culture, folk culture, history, cultural manners or social values. The detailed schedule during the two months is outlined below:

  Tuesday Thursday Time/Word limit
1st week New Beijing    
2nd week Introduction to Tianjin presentation 5-10 minutes
3rd week Regional culture and customs presentation 5-10 minutes
4th week Chinese architecture monthly report 1 8-10 pages in English
5th week Chinese cuisine presentation 5-10 minutes
6th week Chinese opera presentation 5-10 minutes
7th week Beijing folk songs and instruments    
8th week Introduction to inner Mongolian   8-10 pages in English


Grading System: Click here to view the grading system. The grading system is the same for all the courses. 

 

Syllabi for Cultural Practice Courses


054: Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting

Credit: 1
Class hours: 16 (2 hrs / week)
Prerequisite: The course will be offered with a minimum of five participants.
Course description and objectives:  Chinese calligraphy is a unique Oriental art. It uses Chinese characters to communicate the spiritual world of the artist. Through the ink and brush, the way of handling the brush, and the calligraphic presentation and style, Chinese calligraphy conveys the moral integrity, character, emotions, and esthetic feelings of the artist to the readers and make them to have a good understanding of the power of appeal and the joy of beauty. It's no exaggeration that calligraphy is a gem in the world's art treasury. Traditional Chinese painting has developed continuously over the history.  Its growth has inevitably reflected the changes of time and social conditions since around 4000 B.C. China has experienced great political, economic, and cultural changes since the turn of the century, and the art of painting is no exception. While traditional Chinese painting still occupies an important place in the life of modern Chinese, many painters now desire to express their experience of new times. By combining new modes of expression with traditional Chinese painting techniques, they are opening up a vast, new world of artistic expression. Through studying under the Chinese master calligraphers and painters, students will be exposed to rich culture tradition. They will not only enjoy the beauty of Chinese calligraphy and painting, but also will be able to appreciate these two kinds of most ancient, abstract, and condensed art.


037: Chinese folk Art

Credit: 1
Class hours: 16 (2 hrs / week)
Prerequisite: The course will be offered with a minimum of five participants.
Course description and objectives: This is an 8-week elective course and aimed to expose international students to Chinese folk art. Any student who is interested in Chinese folk art can enroll in this course. Students are expected to learn, under the guidance of Chinese folk artist, skills like seal carving, painting on eggshells, paper-cutting, etc. This course can certainly provide you with fun and further understanding of Chinese folk culture!


039: Shadow-boxing (Taiji)

Credit: 1
Class hours: 16 (2 hrs / week)
Prerequisite: The course will be offered with a minimum of five participants.
Course description and objectives: This is an 8-week elective course for English-speaking students aimed to expose international students to Chinese martial arts and provide them with further understanding of Chinese traditional culture. Any student who is interested in Chinese martial art can enroll in this course and learn under the guidance of Chinese martial art master. Shadowboxing is a traditional Chinese Kongfu. Do not mistake it for the general boxing. It's soft and slow, but it's good for health and self-defense. Join us whether you know it or not. This course can certainly provide you with fun!


038: Chinese Folk Music

Credit: 1
Class hours: 16 (2 hrs / week)
Prerequisite: The course will be offered with a minimum of five participants.
Course description and objectives: Students will learn to play Chinese traditional flute or two-string fiddler under the guidance of professional artists, and at the same time enjoy the beautiful rhythm of Chinese classic and modern music. Students are expected to practice at least one hour per day. Remember – Practice makes perfect!


040: Chinese Martial Arts

Credit: 1
Class hours: 16 (2 hrs / week)
Prerequisite: The course will be offered with a minimum of five participants.
Course description and objectives: Students who are interested in traditional Chinese Kongfu can enroll in this course and practice under the guidance of former National Chinese Wushu Champions from our varsity Martial Art Team, which is the best among varsity teams in China. Sanda and Taiji sword have been popular among international students. By working on Sanda and Taiji, students can develop physical and mental discipline, and improve self-esteem, self-control, mental agility, and mental concentration. Join us. Chinese Kongfu can certainly make you happy and healthy!

 

Language Partners

Every student will be assigned a language partner. You could meet your language partner once a week. The meeting time is totally up to the availability of you and your language partner. If you need a new language partner, please contact the International Student Office.


Attendance Policy

Full attendance is conducive to a successful completion of this class. Due to the nature of a predominant group and pair-work orientation of this course, your absence will not only affect your own learning but also your classmates’. However, if a class absence is due to conditions beyond your own control, such as illness, you are allowed to be absent from the class if you provide relevant documents or submit a class absence form.