Mandarin Chinese is a language spoken by more than 20% of the world's population. It is an ancient language that came into existence even before the Roman Empire and has had more than 5000 years of continuous use.
It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Being able to speak Mandarin Chinese then, could not only unlock the cultural puzzle that is China, but also potentially benefit your career: you could apply for more interesting jobs; qualify for higher positions and higher salaries.
In addition, learning Mandarin Chinese also has practical and social benefits. Your knowledge of Chinese cuisine and etiquette will improve allowing you to be able to prepare Chinese dishes and use chopsticks when out dining. For the travel aficionados learning Mandarin Chinese means increased travel opportunities and opportunities to connect with Chinese-speaking friends or relatives.
With the cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, learners have many opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of authentic Chinese cultural activities, including Chinese film, music, dancing and acrobatic performances.
The learners can also apply for various Chinese scholarships to have a short or long term visit to China or Chinese universities, or even pursue a degree at a Chinese university.
Throughout the course, a variety of resources, including the Internet, multimedia and other emerging technology, are used to help learners develop an ability to communicate in Chinese in basic situations relating to their personal lives via exposure to the new language and culture. In addition, students are expected to supplement each contact hour with two hours of independent study. Students are also encouraged to develop a repertoire of strategies to promote their autonomy as language learners.
At each level, 100% in-course testing is the form of assessment. For Credit students this is broken down as follows: 40% [mid-semester]; 40% [end of semester]; 20% [two assignments]. For Non-Credit* students this is broken down as follows: 50% [mid-semester]; 50% [end of semester]
* Students pursuing the course on an extra-curricular basis.
Chinese is offered at three levels (subject to demand):
This course introduces the study of Mandarin Chinese, focusing on developing the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and facilitating an understanding of Chinese culture. Learners are introduced to the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese. The course is structured to help learners achieve accurate pronunciation, sound use of basic grammatical patterns and a mastery of frequently-used characters in daily communication. The course stresses communication skills more that the static knowledge of grammar.
There are 52-contact hours per semester. Classes meet for four 50-minute sessions per week, with classes beginning on the hour and ending ten minutes before the hour (e.g. 11:00 to 11:50). However, class contact time should be supplemented by two hours of independent study for each contact hour. Classes are held (subject to demand):
Dr. Beverly-Anne Carter
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine , Trinidad
Tel: (868) 662-2002
Fax: (868) 663-9684