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Queen's University

CHIN 300 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese

Learning another language is a long and winding path requiring self-discipline, regular practice, intensive exposure, and an open inquiring mind. Nothing is more exciting than merging comfortably into a new language-cultural milieu. The purpose of this course is to further develop students’ facility in spoken, as well as written Chinese by providing them with the opportunity to reinforce listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and to enhance Chinese cultural awareness.

Timetable and Classroom   


Day Time Room
Tuesday 11:30-12:30 KINGST 205
Wednesday 13:30-14:30 KINGST 205
Friday 12:30- 13:30 KINGST 205


Day Time Room
Thursday 17:30-19:00 KINGST Lab A or room 313

Professor and TA

Bai, Xuelin (Professor)
Office: Room 400, Kingston Hall
Phone: 533-6000 ext. 75711 or 533-2072  
Office Hours: Tue. 13:30-15:30, Thu. 12:30-14:30

Lei, Zhi (TA for tutorial session)
Office: Room 400A, Kingston Hall
Phone: 533-2074


Textbook & Supplementary Materials

MEETING CHINA (intermediate)(Peking University Press)

Photocopied exercise sheets will be handed out in class.Other supplementary materials are required as necessary. (Photocopy charge: $ 20.00)

Course Description

This course is designed for those who, having already learned some Chinese or finished CHIN 200 at Queen’s, are still interested in learning Chinese language and culture. The course helps to deepen students' understanding of Chinese language, and to improve their ability in spoken and written expression.  In order to enrich students' cultural experience and expand their fields of vision, attention is paid to background knowledge of Chinese culture incorporated in the texts.To intensify language comprehension, assimilation and utilization, the course will emphasize development of reading and writing skills and the practice of essential words, phrases, and expressions. In addition to mechanical-type drills and comprehensive exercises, interactive activities will be used to encourage students to extensively express their insights and ideas in Chinese. Supplementary readings will be assigned in order to advance students' reading comprehension and fluency of speaking and writing.


The course evaluation of language acquisition is on a percentage basis. Each element outlined below is based on points. The accumulated total of points will determine your final grade.

Item Details  Weight

Attendance with good preparation

Active classroom participation



Class exercises

Lab assignments




Fall and Winter

Quiz#1: 2nd week

Quiz#2: 4th week

Quiz#3: 7th week

Quiz#4: 10th week

Quiz#5: 14th week

Quiz#6: 17th week

Quiz#7: 19th week

Quiz#8: 23rd week


Oral expression and

aural comprehension

Oral presentations:

Fall term: pair, winter term: individual

Listening tests: 1 in fall and 1 in winter term

Mid-year exam 12th week ( aural/written)  10%
Final exam Exam week ( oral/written)  20%


Conduct of the Class

The classroom situation will be designed to facilitate greater use of the language and to create an environment reflecting the culture. Thus, the class instructions will be conducted more and more in Mandarin. A communicative approach will be used, with a focus on interactive learning along with the utilization of audio-visual teaching aids and some other sources to increase language interaction. Lab tutorials are designed to assist in the understanding of study points, to strengthen important language and culture elements, and to give students more opportunities to practice and utilize what they have learned from the class.

Course Requirements

  • Students are required to attend all the classes on time, and to participate in all class activities and Lab tutorials.
  • Students are expected to preview and review each chapter as instructed in order to achieve the best results during the class hour.
  • Students should complete all assignments and hand them in without delay. All quizzes, tests, and examinations must be taken as scheduled unless you have a legitimate excuse.

Other Remarks

Assignments handed in late or making up quizzes, tests, and examinations will result in reducing marks. 

If a student misses more than one third of the classes for one semester without a proper written explanation, she/he will not be allowed to take the final exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities)Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website(see, and from the instructor of this course.Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.


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