Course Detail 2022

NON-DEGREE PROGRAM 2022

Middlebury College Course Catalog

The Chinese School is planning to be on the campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, with our usual schedule and in-person, residential format. Prior to arrival on campus, all students, faculty, staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Please monitor the Middlebury College website for travel and health requirements, and ongoing updates:
https://www.middlebury.edu/language-schools/covid19/student


Language Levels 1-4

The Chinese School offers five levels of language instruction in modern Chinese, from Beginner to Advanced, with the focus on helping learners to develop and improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. As a student in the Middlebury College Chinese School, you will take part in classes appropriate for your language skill level, and participate in activities with students at all levels.

The pace of our summer course is very fast, and the volume of material is high. The 8-week session is equivalent to one academic year of college-level language class.  One day is roughly the same as one week of classes in a regular college-level semester. Students tend to study 3-4 hours each day, before and after classes, alongside fitness, social, and co-curricular activities.

Co-curricular activities in language provide students with informal, hands-on exposure to cultural information as well as opportunities for friendship and conversation with teachers and students at all levels.

Simplified / Traditional
All instruction and class materials, as well as School newsletters, emails, announcements, posters, etc., will be presented primarily in simplified Chinese. Weekly homework, grammar and vocab handouts, quizzes and tests will be in simplified Chinese. Traditional characters will also be presented. Students have the option to use either traditional or simplified for homework, essays, or tests.


Course Online Classroom**

Each course will provide course materials, schedules, and assignments on their Canvas Classroom. Students will get access to their online classrooms after placement levels are finalized.
**Please learn about Canvas, and complete the Canvas Orientation at
Tech Resources for Students.


Course Syllabus

Any updated documents will be provided here, and in the course materials provided at the start of the session.

Middlebury Chinese School Level 1 Syllabus (2020)
Middlebury Chinese School Level 2 Syllabus (2020)
Middlebury Chinese School Level 2.5 Syllabus (2020)
Middlebury Chinese School Level 3 Syllabus (2020)
Middlebury Chinese School Level 4 Syllabus (2020)


Course Textbooks
Textbook requirements for each course level are listed below.

In early/mid June, after all placement testing has been done, you will receive an email confirmation of your assigned course level.* You will then be able to proceed with ordering required textbooks. *Total beginners may proceed in ordering books now.

You may order your books from any source.

When you order from the Middlebury online bookstore only, you can have your books shipped to the campus bookstore for pick up on the first Monday of the session. Bookstore hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Mon-Fri. Shipments sent by UPS Ground will take about 4 days. Please order your books with enough time to allow for shipping!

Orders from any other source must be delivered to your home, or to the campus mail room. See Campus Planning/Mail for more detail.

Please do not order books until your level is confirmed.

Middlebury Online Bookstore: https://bncvirtual.com/middlebury
Book ordering instructions: LS Virtual Bookstore Tutorial

Returns and exchanges can be handled at the campus bookstore.


Prepare for the Chinese School

Please review our Immersion Prep page to understand what to expect during our eight week session.

Please review our Program Overview page to learn about:

-Class schedule
-Curriculum
-Language Pledge
-Technology Requirements
-Textbook Ordering

Please review our Course Credit page for details on grades and transcripts.

 


 

Level 1: Beginning Chinese

This level is designed to help students develop functional language ability in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese in order to meet the basic needs in their personal and academic lives requiring the use of Chinese. Students in Level 1 learn to create with sentence-level language, ask and answer questions, and handle simple everyday life situations. Students may choose to study traditional or simplified characters; both versions of the textbook are available. Minimal English will be used in Level 1. Our team of instructors is highly experienced in teaching beginner Chinese in the college-level classroom.

Contact hours: 3.5-4.5 hours each day, Monday-Friday
Credits: 4
Textbooks:
Required:
Integrated Chinese Volumes 1 and 2 Textbook Cheng & Tsui publisher, 4th edition.
Integrated Chinese Volumes 1 and 2 Character Workbook (“)
Integrated Chinese Volumes 1 and 2  Workbook (“)
ISBN: various

Recommended Dictionaries:
Oxford Chinese Dictionary  https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780199207619
Online dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary

Lead Instructor:  Tong Chen, M.A., Lecturer in Chinese, Global Languages, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tong Chen has been teaching Chinese at MIT since 1997. Chen’s research interests include the use of multimedia in the teaching and learning of Chinese language, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, as well as oral history, with projects focusing on the Cultural Revolution in China and Generations in Change. He has pioneered the use of Skype and QQ in the classroom to link MIT students to their counterparts in China for a cross-cultural and cross-linguistic exchange. Chen has written several textbooks and edited several Chinese-English dictionaries. His latest publications are A Passage to Success and Teaching Basic Chinese Grammar. Chen came to the United States in 1991, earned a Master’s degree in education from Heidelberg University, and is currently the president of the New England Chinese Teachers Association.

 



Level 2: Intermediate Chinese

This level is designed for students who have successfully completed a rigorous one-year college course in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese, or its equivalent. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of Level I, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. Instructors strive to enable students to understand face-to-face conversations on familiar topics and communicate factual information. Students will learn to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Intensive practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities will be complemented by drills to fine-tune pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and internalize more complex grammatical constructions. Students will also read expository writings of increasing difficulty on a variety of cultural topics.

Video: What to Expect 2022

 

Contact hours: 3.5-4.5 hours each day, Monday-Friday
Credits: 4
Textbook Materials:
Course readings and handouts to be posted on the course website.

Recommended Dictionaries
:
Oxford Chinese Dictionary  https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780199207619
Online dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary

Lead Instructor:  Panpan Gao, M.A., Lecturer in Chinese, Global Languages, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Panpan Gao graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a master’s degree in Applied Chinese Linguistics with a focus on Pedagogy for Chinese as a Second Language. She has been teaching Chinese language at the university level since 2010. Prior to coming to MIT, she taught at Harvard University where she was involved in textbook writing and teaching for its summer intensive Chinese language program in Beijing; Gao also taught at the Middlebury Summer Chinese School for the 2019 session.

 



Level 2.5: Pre-Advanced Chinese

This level is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese or the equivalent. While many of the linguistic tasks students learn to handle are similar to those of Intermediate Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. Students are introduced to the written Chinese (shumianyu) and taught how to make the transition from reading pedagogically prepared materials to more authentic materials. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities will be complemented by intensive practice sessions to fine-tune pronunciation, expand vocabulary, and internalize more complex grammatical constructions. Students will also do intensive reading of expository writings on a variety of cultural topics.

Video: What to Expect 2022

 

Contact hours: 3.5-4.5 hours each day, Monday-Friday
Credits: 4
Textbook:
Required:
Chih-p’ing Chou, Joanne Chiang, and Jianna Eagar, A New China: An Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese – Revised Edition. Princeton University Press; Revised edition. (September 11, 2011)
ISBN: 9780691148366

Additional course readings and handouts to be posted on the course website.

Recommended Dictionaries:
Oxford Chinese Dictionary  https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780199207619
Online dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary

Lead Instructor: Shuishui Long, Lecturer in Chinese, Pennsylvania State University.

Shuishui Long earned a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before joining the Pennsylvania State University, she was invited to the University of Virginia as a visiting lecturer. In addition, she taught various levels of Chinese courses in study-abroad programs including the UVA-in-Shanghai Summer Intensive Language Program, the Washington and Lee University in Shanghai Program, the CIEE-in-Shanghai Program and Princeton in Beijing Program. Shuishui Long has been teaching in Middlebury Chinese Summer School since 2015.

 



Level 3: Advanced Chinese I

Designed for students who have successfully completed two years of college-level training in Chinese, this level aims to help students solidify their ability to comprehend and produce increasingly complex paragraph-level Chinese. Students are introduced to formal written Chinese (shumianyu) and taught how to make the transition from reading pedagogically prepared materials to more authentic materials, such as news articles and expository writings. Intensive practice of spoken and written Chinese in challenging communicative activities will be complemented by practice sessions to expand vocabulary and internalize more complex grammatical constructions.

Video: What to Expect 2022

 

Contact hours: 3.5-4.5 hours each day, Monday-Friday
Credits: 4
Textbook:
Required:
Dr. Jingcheng Liu, Dr. Xin Zou, Chih-p’ing Chou, Eyes on China: An Intermediate-Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese, Princeton University Press; Bilingual edition. (February 12, 2019)
ISBN: 9780691190952

Additional course readings and handouts to be posted on the course website.

Recommended Dictionaries:

Oxford Chinese Dictionary  https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780199207619
Online dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary

Lead Instructor:  Kang Zhou, M.A., Lecturer in Chinese, Global Languages, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kang Zhou received his M.A. degree in Chinese Language and Language Acquisition from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to coming to MIT in 2015, he taught at Brown University, Williams College, Harvard University, Harvard Beijing Academy and Duke’s summer program in Beijing.



Level 4: Advanced Chinese II

This course is designed to help Advanced learners comprehend and produce discourse-level Chinese in many different societal and global contexts.  It is tailored for those who have completed three years (or an equivalent amount) of college-level language training in all four skills, i.e. reading, listening, speaking, and writing, to further improve language skills from Advanced (Intermediate-High, Advanced-Low, and Advanced-Mid) to Superior (Advanced-High and Superior), according to ACTFL’s proficiency guidelines.  Level 4 students will read texts written and prepared by our teaching team which incorporate a variety of topics and genres including sociology, psychology, politics, biology, law, philosophy, literature, the environment, art, and film.  Students will conduct two independent research projects, as well as a digital reflection project.

Video: What to Expect 2022

 

Contact hours per student: 3.5-4 hours each day, Monday-Friday
Credits: 4
Textbooks Materials:
No textbook purchase needed. Students will explore Chinese culture, society, politics, through discussions of texts and audio/visual materials available on the Internet. The texts vary from news reports on current events, commentaries, literary writings, to official documents such as government white books, etc.

Recommended Dictionaries:
Oxford Chinese Dictionary  https://isbnsearch.org/isbn/9780199207619
Online dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary

Lead Instructor:  Hsin-hung “Sean” Yeh, Ph.D., Chinese language Lecturer, Santa Clara University.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Yeh moved to the U.S. in 2010.  He started teaching Chinese as a full-time instructor at Harvard University for 5 years (2010-2015) and has been teaching in Middlebury Chinese Summer School every summer since 2014.  In 2015, he moved to the Bay Area and started his Ph.D. studies at Stanford University, with research interests including Chinese linguistics (lexical semantics, morphology, and information structure), sociolinguistics (style and language ideology), L2 Chinese pedagogy, and language proficiency assessment.  He is also a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) rater of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  He started teaching at Santa Clara University from September 2020.  He is very much looking forward to continuing to work with his professional colleagues and highly-motivated students in Middlebury Chinese Summer School.

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