Archive - Previous courses - Courses 2007-2008

Language courses:

Beginners' Chinese 1 (5 cr)
Business Chinese (5 cr)
Chinese Grammar (10 cr)
Media Chinese (5 cr)

Other courses:

The History of Beijing


BEGINNERS' CHINESE 1 (5 cr)

Mon 16-18 Sept. 10 –Dec. 10, Room U38 A132
Jan. 14 – April 28, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3.floor

Teacher: Ms. Fu You, Visiting lecturer

Textbook: Xin shiyong hanyu keben (New Practical Chinese Reader), vols. 1 & 2

Description
No preliminary knowledge in Chinese is required. Pronunciation and Chinese characters are taught in this course forming a base for students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities. Students learn basic Chinese vocabulary and simple sentence structures. Texts introduce daily life customs and culture in China.

Beginners’ Chinese 1 corresponds to the first term of the Chinese 1 course (Ait122A) in East Asian Studies requirements.


BUSINESS CHINESE (5 cr)

Wed 16-18 Sept. 12 –Dec. 12, Room U38 D113
Jan. 16 – April 23, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3.floor

Teacher: Ms. Fu You, Visiting lecturer

Textbook: Shangwu hanyu rumen (Gateway to business Chinese), supplementary materials according to need

Description
The course is designed to teach polite Chinese expressions useful in business encounters, including occasions of introduction, greeting, apology and congratulation. Practical Chinese necessary in daily life in China is also introduced. Audiovisual materials are also used in the class. in order to illuminate Chinese way of behaving. Participants are encouraged to engage in active discussion, raise questions, and share their own experiences in China.

No preliminary knowledge in Chinese is required. Participants with business experience about China or interest in working in China are most welcome. Please register beforehand, see details above.


CHINESE GRAMMAR (10 cr)

Tue & Fri 10-12 Sept. 11 –Dec. 14, Room U40 Hall 9
Jan. 15 – April 29, Room U38 A132

Teacher: Ms. Fu You, Visiting lecturer

Textbook: to be announced in the beginning of the course

Description:
The course analyses the Chinese grammar systematically helping the students develop an awareness of the whole Chinese language system. Classes focus on enabling students to express themselves functionally in different contexts. Practical situational texts at the same time deepen their awareness of Chinese culture and society.

The course is meant for students in East Asian studies or others who already have completed 20 credits in Chinese language or who otherwise possess corresponding level in Chinese. The course corresponds to Ait312A in East Asian Studies requirements. For registration deadline and procedure, see details above.


MEDIA CHINESE (5 cr)

Mon 10-12 Sept. 10 –Dec. 10, Room U38 A132
Jan. 14 – April 28, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3.floor

Teacher: Ms. Fu You, Visiting lecturer

Learning material: audiovisual material, newspaper articles

Description:
With the help of articles in Chinese newspapers and magazines, as well as news broadcasts, the course analyses the features of Chinese journalism. It improves the students’ ability to read and comprehend Chinese and deepens their understanding of Chinese culture and society.

This course is ideal for students who are already on advanced level of Chinese (about HSK level 6 or similar), as it helps them to maintain and develop their language skills. Also participants from outside the university are welcome. For registration deadline and procedure, see details above.


THE HISTORY OF BEIJING

May 5-28, 2008

Monday 16.00 – 18.00 Unioninkatu 33, Confucius Institute
Wednesday 16.00 – 18.00 Unioninkatu 33, Confucius Institute

Teacher: Dr. Liu Xinguang , Visiting Lecturer in Chinese History, Confucius Institute

Beijing , which is now receiving attention for the 2008 Olympics, has been the capital of unified China during the last 800 years. Its history, however, can be traced even 8,000 years back. This course analyses the evolution of Beijing from different aspects: political, economic, military, and cultural. Even folk customs and food are introduced in the course. Dr. Liu will employ cartographic, video, and other visual material in order to show how China’s northern capital developed, and how ancient and modern are interwoven in it today.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. University of Helsinki students can get 5 credits (XAS250/310A) by participating in the lectures and by writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.