Since her graduation from Beijing Normal University in the department of Chinese Language and Culture, Chen Zhao has been a Chinese teacher for fourteen years. Chen Zhao has a wealth of experience teaching the Chinese language across all levels in many programs, including the CET Intensive Chinese program and the Universities of California Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies. She started teaching at TBC in 2012 and has been teaching all levels during the full-length semester program and China Voice programs in the summer.
CHIN 361 covers 8-10 lessons of Developing Chinese-Advanced speaking (I) 《发展汉语-高级口语 (I)》, aiming to provide advanced learners of Chinese with additional opportunities to further expand their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge with a focus on strengthening their conversational skills. Students will be guided to use formal language to discuss complicated social problems and be introduced to some useful colloquial slangs. Texts in the course (three texts each lesson) facilitates discussion of dominant topics in contemporary Chinese society such as social circles, online social networks, pollution, and fashion trends.
Students will acquire more than 250 advanced expressions. They will also be able to recognize and differentiate synonyms and to apply useful colloquial slangs that will help them to successfully hold conversations with native Chinese speakers. Through daily conversations and exercises, students will gain valuable insights into differences between Chinese and western cultures and develop a better understanding of the people and the country of China.