Statement of Purpose
The objectives of the Chinese minor focus on developing language knowledge and skills to facilitate interaction in Chinese scoiety, and developing an understanding of and appreciation for Chinese culture. The program seeks to foster self-managed learning skills for life-long learning. The knowledge and skills gained through the minor will enable students to interact with Chinese people regardless of their future plans.
The program accommodates those with no previous experience with China, its culture and language, as well as other non-native Chinese speakers who have received previous instruction at other institutions and/or who have otherwise had prior exposure to the language and culture, including heritage learners. The minor is designed to equip students with the necessary language and cultural skill necessary to function easily in Chinese society, to develop sound thinking and effective communication skills, and to develop a sense of historical perspective and global awareness relative to China, Taiwan, and other Chinese speaking societies.
As part of the College of Humanities, the minor seeks to foster an understanding of and respect for the meaning and significance of life as a Chinese. The program also seeks to provide a spiritual foundation for Chinese studies in light of scriptural injunctions to gain "knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms" (Doctrine and Covenants 88:79) and to "study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people" (Doctrine and Covenants 90:15).
- Speak Mandarin Chinese at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) intermediate high level, demonstrating an ability to negotiate face-to-face interactions as well as other formal and informal speaking contexts in linguistically, socially, and culturally appropriate ways.
- Demonstrate ability to listen to and comprehend the main points of spoken Chinese including television and radio news broadcasts by scoring in the intermediate high range.
- Read a variety of formal and informal genres of writing at an intermediate level.
- Write notes, correspondence, and short essays at the ACTFL intermediate mid level while demonstrating an awareness of literary Chinese writing conventions.
- Be able to analyze and discuss core aspects of Chinese civilization including classical or modern Chinese literature and Chinese culture.
- Apply critical thinking skills and demonstrate English writing skills