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East Asian Studies



Director
G. Cuthbert Brandt, Renison College, 884-4400

Note:

  1. Students who are interested in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean language courses should be aware that the completion of at least three courses in a subject is recommended for a minimum working knowledge of the language. The East Asian Culture course may provide useful historical background for students intending to spend time in the Far East.
  2. Students who wish to take the Japanese language courses in preparation for exchange/Co-op programs inJapan should make their needs known to the Renison College Registrar through their program advisors well in advance of the term in which they plan to study.
  3. Students who have previous experience with, or who have studied the Chinese, Japanese or Korean languages at the elementary or secondary school level should not enrol in first year level courses of the same language. Such students should consult with the Renison College Registrar regarding the appropriate level to enter.
  4. Students seeking enrolment in any Chinese language course must complete a ballot (available from Renison College Registrar) which will be reviewed by the East Asian Studies Enrolment Management Committee to confirm placement in the appropriate level of instruction. Once courses begin, no changes can be made in the level of instruction without approval of the Committee.
  5. Students are not permitted to enrol in more than one level of a specific language course in one term.
  6. We reserve the right to refuse admission to, and/or credit for, any of the language courses listed to a student who has, in our view, a level of competence unsuited to the course(s).

EASIA

EASIA 201R F,W 3C 0.5
East Asian Culture
An introductory survey of the cultures of East Asia with particular reference to China, Japan and Korea.
Open to all students above first year

CHINA

CHINA 101R F,W,S 3C,1L 0.5
First Year Chinese 1
An introductory course for students who have no knowledge of Chinese to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Practical oral and written exercises are used to provide a firm grammatical foundation for further study. The pronunciation used is the Mandarin (Pu- tung-hua) dialect.
Division "R1" of CHINA 101R is appropriate for students with no prior background in writing, speaking or understanding any dialect of the Chinese language. Division "R2" is for students who have been exposed to Chinese at school, home or work but who have no prior written knowledge of Chinese characters. Ballots must be completed at Renison College prior to enrolment.

CHINA 102R F,W 3C,1L 0.5
First Year Chinese 2
With the completion of the study of the rudiments of phonetics (as provided in CHINA 101R), the emphasis in this course will shift to Mandarin Chinese tonality. Six types of questions and four kinds of simple sentences will be introduced. Vocabulary will be expanded to 500 to 700 words.
Prereq: CHINA 101R (R1)/Renison permission
Ballot must be completed at Renison College prior to enrolment.

CHINA 201R F 3C,1L 0.5
Second Year Chinese 1
This course and its follow-up (CHINA 202R) will include a survey of grammar, complex sentences, logical stress and a final review.
Prereq: CHINA 102R or CHINA 101R (R2)/Renison permission
Ballot must be completed at Renison College prior to enrolment.

CHINA 202R W 3C,1L 0.5
Second Year Chinese 2
The study of Chinese characters will receive more emphasis. Grammar instruction will include four types of comparison, different kinds of complements and complex sentences - pauses, logical stress, etc. Some study of Chinese culture is included.
Prereq: CHINA 201R/Renison permission
Ballot must be completed at Renison College prior to enrolment.
Upon completion of CHINA 201R and 202R, the student should have a reading vocabulary of 1,000 to 1,500 Chinese characters and a writing vocabulary of 700 to 1,000 characters.

JAPAN

JAPAN 101R F,W,S 3C,1L 0.5
First Year Japanese 1
An introductory course for students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Practical oral and written exercises incorporating the Hiragana Writing System are used to provide a firm grammatical foundation for further study.

JAPAN 102R F,W,S 3C,1L 0.5
First Year Japanese 2
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in JAPAN 101R are further developed. Practical oral and written exercises incorporating the Katakana Writing System will be used to develop a more solid grammatical base.
Prereq: JAPAN 101R or consent of instructor

JAPAN 201R F,W 3C,1L 0.5
Second Year Japanese 1
A continuation of the study of grammar and vocabulary through development of listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Some study of Japanese culture is also included. By the end of the course, 120 Kanji (Chinese characters in their Japanese readings) will have been introduced.
Prereq: JAPAN 102R

JAPAN 202R W 3C,1L 0.5
Second Year Japanese 2
In this course, students will continue to develop their language skills with an increased emphasis on spoken Japanese. In addition, students will work on improving grammatical accuracy and vocabulary development as well as continue to acquire more basic information about Japanese culture. The writing of an additional 200 Kanji will be taught.
Prereq: JAPAN 201R

JAPAN 301R F 3C,1L 0.5
Third Year Japanese 1
This course will concentrate on advanced conversation, polite forms, and idioms. It will provide an opportunity to revise and practise the Hiragana and Katakana writing forms. Upon completion, students should be able to write 800 characters and use a Japanese dictionary with ease.
Prereq: JAPAN 202R

KOREA

KOREA 101R F,W 3C,1L 0.5
First Year Korean 1
An introductory course for students who have no or little knowledge of Korean to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills along with a sound basis of grammar. The distinctive features of the Korean language and writing system will be introduced. Practical oral, reading and writing exercises will develop the students' grammatical skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a basic working vocabulary.

KOREA 102R W 3C,1L 0.5
First Year Korean 2
Students will deepen their understanding of basic grammatical (particularly verb, noun and adverb) forms and sentence construction and enlarge their general vocabulary. Reading ability will be expanded and more attention will be given to idiomatic expressions and the use of the language in actual contexts.
Prereq: KOREA 101R

KOREA 201R 3C,1L 0.5
Second Year Korean 1
Designed for students who have completed KOREA 102R or the equivalent. To achieve a balanced Korean language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, a variety of teaching materials and methods is used. The text includes adapted versions of short stories, essays, and poems.
Prereq: KOREA 102R or permission of instructor

KOREA 202R 3C,1L 0.5
Second Year Korean 2
A continuation of KOREA 201R. Emphasis is placed on reading and composition. Students will learn complex sentence structure and widely-used idiomatic phrases for advanced reading.
Prereq: KOREA 201R or permission of instructor

Courses not offered 1995-96
EASIA 210R Chinese Literature in Translation

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