Welcome to the Hendrix Chinese Program! Our Chinese program provides students
with courses to learn basic and essential Chinese language skills, as well as a
variety of academic courses and extracurricular activities, to begin, continue,
or broaden their foreign language and cultural experiences while at Hendrix.
Mandarin Chinese is the national language of mainland China and Taiwan. Chinese
is the most widely spoken and written first language in the world—close to 1.5 billion
people, more than one fifth of the world's population, grow up speaking and reading
Chinese as their native language. As China has become the world's second largest
economy and the fastest growing economy, China is increasingly important to United
States national security, foreign relations, trade, and climate change policy. As
a result, Chinese language skills are now essential for careers and advanced study
involving China in business, education, journalism, and diplomacy.
The goal of our Chinese language courses is to develop various communication skills in Chinese, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Meanwhile, the Chinese literature courses, which are taught in English, aim to encourage aesthetic appreciation through the study of literary texts, such as poetry, novels, and film. Both Chinese language and literature courses introduce students to a wide range of Chinese cultures and promote global awareness.
Chinese language courses are an introduction to the Chinese language and
culture. Students in introductory Chinese classes will be able to:
in Mandarin Chinese on a basic level
familiar with the basic structure of Mandarin Chinese
the elements of Mandarin pronunciation
the principles of Chinese character writing
familiar with the basic assumptions of Chinese culture that underlie
The second year Chinese language courses are a
continuation of the first-year courses. Our goals are to develop students’
listening, speaking, reading
and writing proficiency in intermediate Chinese. Specifically:
- Build up vocabulary, expressions, and grammatical
structures for a wider range of daily communication.
Chinese contemporary culture that underlie communication
- Listening and speaking: Able to engage in the oral
exchange in various informal and daily situations.
- Reading: Understand the meaning of short passages on
topics in everyday life by using vocabulary knowledge, background knowledge,
and possibly some contextual clues.
- Writing: Able to write a series of sentences to
describe, explain, compare and state an opinion.
The third-year Chinese language courses function as
a bridge to authentic Chinese texts. The
goals of the courses are to improve the abilities of oral and written
expression, as well as to continue improving listening and reading comprehension. Specifically:
- Continue to build up vocabulary, expressions
grammatical structures and use them appropriately.
- Distinguish between spoken and written forms of
- Further the understanding of Chinese culture and
contemporary Chinese society.
- Listening: Understand face-to-face, non-technical
speech in controlled contexts and familiar topics in everyday life
- Speaking: Engage in conversation and discussion on
general topics, to express and defend your ideas in clear, connected
- Reading: Understand the gist of written passage on
social issues and be able to summarize the main ideas in short sentences or
- Writing: write cohesive and coherent short prose at
Chinese literature courses introduce students to various genres and forms of
Chinese literature in different historical background. Our goals of the Chinese
literature courses include:
develop a general knowledge of Chinese culture through literary texts,
including poetry, novels, film, etc.
appreciate the general features of Chinese literature, film and popular culture
in a comparative context.
acquire greater facility in reading, discussing and interpreting literary
texts, textual or audio-visual, as “literature”
- To learn
to appreciate literature at an aesthetic level.