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August 24th, 2009
Texas State says ni hao to Mandarin

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This fall, Texas State students will be able to take Mandarin Chinese for academic credit as the Department of Languages unveils its newest course listings.

The classes are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Texas State’s Center for International Studies. The grant is in support of courses with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and China.

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by one-fifth of the world’s population and functions as the official language of the People’s Republic of China.

“Mandarin Chinese is a language of the future, given the fast development of the Chinese economy,” said Jennifer Ching-hui Hsiao, who will instruct the classes. “By learning Mandarin Chinese, students will gain access to a world of international business; international relations; Chinese art, history and culture; Eastern philosophy; martial arts; natural wonders; fine cuisine; cool tattoos and much more.”

The three courses to be offered include Beginning Chinese I (Chinese 1410), Beginning Chinese II (Chinese 1420), and Intermediate Chinese (Chinese 2310).

In each course, listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be integrated with innovative instructional technology and Chinese culture. For example, Chinese character strokes will be demonstrated through video clips to assist students’ recognition and writing, and Chinese typing will be introduced through free downloadable software. Cultural activities will introduce Chinese festivals, such as Moon Festival and Chinese New Year.

After the successful completion of Chinese 1410, students should be able to correctly pronounce any Chinese character in the written Pinyin. They will have accumulated 350 Chinese vocabulary words and know something of Chinese culture and etiquette.

Chinese 1420 (prerequisite Chinese 1410) continues the first year of study and introduces 350 more characters.

Chinese 2310 (prerequisite Chinese 1420 or an acceptable score from a placement test) will provide advanced training in four Chinese language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Another 350 Chinese characters will be introduced.

Course instructor Hsiao is a doctoral candidate in foreign language education at the University of Texas. She has taught Chinese to college-level students in the United States for more than five years.

Enrollment in the courses is open. Students with questions about the courses and enrollment eligibility should contact Jenniferhsiao@mail.utexas.edu.

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  1. Texas State is very blessed to have Jennifer in their program. She’s my classmate in the Foreign Language Education program + I had her as an instructor when I studied Mandarin, both at UT-Austin. She is first-rate!

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