Carnegie Mellon University

Cultural Roots: Chinese Language & Culture for Heritage Learners

Course Number: 82-135

This course is designed for students who have some basic knowledge of spoken Chinese, but know little of how to read and write Chinese. While an integrated approach will be applied to the development of all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing simultaneously, the focus will be on the intensive study of Chinese characters through reading and writing practice. Based on their speaking and listening abilities, students will learn how to communicate in writing in everyday situations. The cultivation of cultural awareness will also be a focus of this course. At the end of this course, students will be well-equipped to continue their study of Chinese at the intermediate level. A student with prior experience in Chinese must take the placement exam.

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Units: 9
Prerequisite(s): None