The year-long series (CHIN10AD-10BD-10CD) is an introduction to the fundamentals of standard modern Chinese for students with Chinese language background other than Mandarin. Basic communication patterns and expression commonly used in Chinese, as well as Chinese culture and customs will be introduced. The goal of this course is to develop communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at elementary level to meet students’ personal interests and professional goals. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to express themselves, engage in general conversations, as well as read and write simple paragraphs (in either traditional or simplified characters) in Mandarin Chinese.

Time & Place

CHIN10AD LE A00: Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:30-10:50)  Solis 109

  • TU A02 MWF (11:00-11:50) McGil 2330 (TA: LI, Xinrui)
  • TU A03 MWF   (1:00 - 1:50) CENTR 202 (TA: TAN, Yanqin)

CHIN10AD LE B00: Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:00-12:20)   Solis 109

  • TU B01 MWF (10:00-10:50) CENTR 208 (TA: LI, Xinrui)
  • TU B03 MWF (12:00- 12:50) McGil 2322 (TA: TAN, Yanqin)


all materials available at UCSD Bookstore. Be sure you get the correct character version you want for both books (traditional OR simplified). 

1. The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese, Textbook Level I

2. The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese, Workbook Level I


The class meets FIVE days a week including two lectures (Tuesday/Thursday) and three tutorials (Monday/Wednesday/Friday).  

This course requires substantial time commitment outside of the class. Students should plan to spend an average of five to seven hours per week outside of class for preparation and homework. To assure the most beneficial and rewarding use of contact time with your teachers and classmates, preparation in advance and participation for each class is essentially important and necessary.

Students’ progress is monitored and evaluated constantly based on their performance of the following:

  1. Participation/attendance
  2. Written/Listening homework assignments.
  3. Four bi-weekly one-on-one interviews with an instructor
  4. Four bi-weekly written tests (in lecture)
  5. Attendance quiz (in lecture)
  6. Final presentation


Attendance: Students are required to attend all lectures and tutorials on time.  Absence penalty is waived only in cases of documented medical or personal leave, including university-sponsored activities, jury duty or job interviews. Each unexcused absence will cost 1.5 point (lecture) or 1 point (tutorial) of your final grade (100%).  The penalty for tardiness is 0.5 point each time.  Any student who misses 10 hours of class meeting time is automatically given an F as the final grade. 

Classroom etiquette: Turn your cell phone to silent mode. DO NOT use it in class. Let the instructor know if you are expecting an important phone call or text.

Homework: Each assignment is worth 10 points.  Late assignment gets 5 points. Assignments more than three days late will not be accepted for grading, though you are nevertheless encouraged to seek out your teacher for clarification during office hours. 

Makeup: Makeup exams are allowed only by advance arrangements made with the instructor or with valid documentation.  Please inform the instructor by e-mail in advance of any absences. Any make-up exam has to be taken within 3 days after the original exam date and will have 5% deduction from the grade.  A make-up exam taken beyond the 3-day period will have 20% deduction from the grade (e.g. If you receive a 90, you will be credited 72).  Absence from the exam without advanced notice will NOT be offered make-ups under any circumstances. There won’t be make-ups for attendance quizzes.


The final course grade will consist of the following components:

  1. Attendance and participation: 16%
  2. Homework (x7) 21%
  3. Tests (x4) 25%
  4. Interviews (x4) 8% 
  5. Final Presentation 5%
  6. Final written examination 25%

Academic Honesty Code:

Any sort of cheating will NOT be tolerated and all UCSD Academic Honesty Codes should be observed at all time. For more information about Academic Regulations at UCSD please visit: The UC System takes academic dishonesty very seriously. The Chinese Studies Program suggests that you visit: if you would like more information about Academic Honesty.

Course Website

Daily announcements of homework due dates and tests will be posted on the web. Occasional handouts in PDF will also be available for download on the course website.    It is students’ responsibility to check the course website daily for the most updated class information.                                                                                                                         

The textbook, The Routlegde Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese also has a companion site. Use this site for vocabulary flash cards, character practice and listening exercises: