Course Description

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

The year-long curriculum (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.


  1. Lecture A00: TTh. 9:30-10:50  Solis 109
    • Tutorial A01: MWF 10:00-10:50  HSS 2333B  WANG
    • Tutorial A02: MWF 11:00-11:50  HSS 2333B  JIAO
    • Tutorial A03: MWF 12:00-12:50  HSS 2333B  CHEN
    • Tutorial A04: MWF     3:00-3:50  HSS 2333B  ZHU
  2. Lecture B00: TTh. 11:00-12:20  Solis 109
    • Tutorial B01: MWF     9:00-9:50  HSS 1106A  WANG
    • Tutorial B02: MWF 12:00-12:50  HSS 1128B  JIAO
    • Tutorial B03: MWF     1:00-1:50  HSS 2333B  CHEN
    • Tutorial B04: MWF     2:00-2:50  HSS 2333B  ZHU


Bullet  CHEN, Pei-Chia: HSS 3071    2-1504   
     Office Hour: Tue/Thu. 12:30-2:00; 
                         Wed. 10:00-11:00 at Week 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 or by appt. 
  • CHIN10CD A00: TTh. 9:30-10:50  Solis 109
  • CHIN10CD B00: TTh. 11:00-12:20  Solis 109 




 Level I is available at UCSD Bookstore. Selected chapters from Level II is available at Soft Reserve on Monday, 4/2.

  1. The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese, Textbook Level 1
  2. The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese, Workbook Level 1
  3. Selected chapters from the Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese, Textbook Level 2
  4. Selected chapters from the Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese, Workbook Level 2


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/classroom performanceWritten/Listening homework assignments.
  2. Four bi-weekly one-on-one interviews with an instructor (office hours)
  3. Four bi-weekly written tests (in lecture)
  4. Attendance quiz (in lecture)
  5. Final presentation (group work)
  6. 3-hour written final exam


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 interview. Each unexcused absence will cost 1.5 point (lecture) or 1 point (tutorial) of your final grade.  The penalty for late arrival 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.

Homework: Each assignment is worth 10 points. Late assignments get 5 points marked down. 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 (For example, 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 & Participation 15%
  2. Homework assignments 15%  
  3. Tests: 25%
  4. Interviews: 12%
  5. Character Quiz: 5%
  6. Final presentation: 3%
  7. Final exam: 25%



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 (Level I) has its companion website. Use it for pronunciation, character practice, vocabulary flashcards, text, and exercise recordings.


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.