Chinese 101 Syllabi


  1. Chinese Link: Zhongwen tiandi, Level 1-Part 1, Sue-mei Wu, et al., Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-0-205-63721-8  (required)  
  2. Student Activities Manual ISBN: 978-0-205-69638-3 (required) 
  3. Character Book ISBN: 978-0-205-78298-7 (optional) 

WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT           M-308   Phone: 498-2305 

The mission of the OCC World Languages Department is to enable students to acquire a better appreciation of other languages and cultures.  Accordingly, the Department supports the College’s mission by enabling students to acquire skills needed to “live, work and thrive in our global community.”  To this end the World Languages Department,

  • offers instruction in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish as well as American Sign Language.
  • provides courses that fulfill the foreign language requirement for the AA in Humanities degree at OCC, SUNY General Education purposes, and New York State teacher certification.
  • promotes a fuller understanding of the differences and similarities among global communities through course work, community involvement and study-abroad opportunities.
  • fosters critical thinking through linguistic analysis and the comparison of diverse cultures.
  • prepares students for further study and professional careers requiring competence in foreign languages and the understanding of other cultures.


This learner-centered course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese. Students acquire skills that will both allow them to engage in basic survival and social dialogue, and give them a foundation to continue their study of Chinese.


Through the integration of the different language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing as well as the introduction of important cultural concepts, students will learn to communicate in the target language in progressively more involved daily life situations.


At the end of a semester of study, students will be able to perform as indicated in each of the following areas:

  1. Listening comprehension:
    Students should comprehend speech containing short sentences and simple structures.
  2. Speaking:
    Students should speak in sentences that have relatively simple structures and concrete vocabulary. Pronunciation, intonation and rhythm should be adequate enough to be understood by a native speaker.   
  3. Reading:
    Students should be able to read familiar material in a recombined form, either dialogue or narration. They should deduce meanings of a limited number of new items in a passage through the general context of the passage.
  4. Writing:
    Students should recombine familiar vocabulary and structure in slightly different order or format. They should be able to express a personal thought briefly, using familiar vocabulary and structure.
  5. Cultural information:
    Students should acquire some rudimentary knowledge about the cultural heritage of the country (or countries) and be able to contrast the foreign culture with their own in an informal manner.
  6. Linguistic development:
    Students will be able to identify the components of language (e.g. verbs, objects, prepositions) and principles of word formation (e.g. prefixes, suffixes, diminutives, superlatives).


  • Read ahead in your textbook, re-read what we have covered.
  • Make flash cards of new vocabularies and carry them with you.
  • Sit towards the front and be involved in class.
  • Take notes in class, but write down only the things you really need to remember.
  • Don’t just do what’s required, do what you need to be successful.
  • Find additional ways to expose yourself to Chinese: radio, reading, watching TV, etc.
  • Be organized and stay on top of things.
  • Form a study group: this provides inspiration as well as practical help.
  • Don’t get down on yourself, languages are hard but if you keep at it you WILL succeed.


Your final grade will be based on the following:


   20   %

Homework/ assignments 

   15   %


   15   %

Chapter Exams 

   30   %

Final exam  (comprehensive)

   20   %


94 -100 A

84 – 86 B

74 - 76 C


90 – 93 A-

80 – 83 B-

70 - 73 C-


87 – 89 B+

77 – 79 C+

64 - 69 D

Below 64 F


Attendance in this course is required and, therefore, inconsistent attendance will negatively impact your participation grade. Note that although class attendance is important, it is not the same as class participation. Your daily class participation grade will be based on the students’ daily level of preparedness, engagement in the learning process, participation, spontaneous volunteering, use and quality of the target language, and respect for others and for the culture being learned.


All assignments are expected on their due dates. Assignments submitted after the due date will be deducted 10% for each day late.


No make-up dictations/quizzes/exams will be given except in the event of a serious emergency the day of an exam. You will need to appeal in writing and provide documentation.  I will decide whether the justification is appropriate and allow you to take a make-up exam at the end of the semester, if you prove to me through your homework, attendance and participation that you are dedicated to the class.


- Rules: Visit  Academic Rules.
- Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (“The Code”) See Policy N5.
- Academic Integrity: See Academic Integrity web page.