Why study Chinese at Alma
The Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) between China and the United States promise unprecedented economic corporation of these two powerful countries in the future.
The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games shed new light on the developments of Chinese civilization.
At a time of transition, it is essential to understand the differences between Chinese and American cultures as well as the impact of Chinese culture on American society.
In order to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Department of Modern Languages offers four Chinese courses during the academic year 2010-2011 to meet the increasing needs of Alma students to learn Chinese, a language spoken by 1.2 billion people.
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Chinese 111, 221 (F) and Chinese 112, 222 (W): Primary objective: to enable students to communicate in Chinese in everyday situations.
Emphasis is placed on all four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will not only learn Pinyin, but also Simplified Characters. Secondary objective provides insight through participation in Chinese culture and society.
All courses are taught by Dr. Holly Liu, a native of Beijing, who specializes in German and Chinese languages, literatures and cultures.
There is also a native assistant to teach the labs, host the Chinese Table and other cultural activities. Interested students should register directly or contact Dr. Liu at email@example.com or (989) 463-7237.