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Mandarin Chinese Language

The overall goals of the beginning Chinese program are to provide students with a functional foundation for acquiring future business Chinese language skills and to increase students’ knowledge of Chinese culture. Both business etiquette and cultural awareness are important underlying themes to the program’s coursework.

Dr. Liu is the Chinese Language Professor of the Master of International Management program. She has extensive experience in language teaching and curriculum design, having taught language courses in both Chinese and American universities. She has also taught and consulted in areas of Chinese culture, cross-cultural communications and Sino-US trade for government, academic institutions and multinational corporations. She has published books and articles in her research areas, and she has presented papers as an invited speaker at regional, national and international conferences, and at American and Chinese universities and research institutions. Dr. Liu received her Ph.D. and Master's degree from Portland State University, and her M.A. Certificate in Beijing Foreign Studies University.

The program, following a functional and communicative model, strives to provide students with effective and efficient Chinese instruction. Students are given multiple opportunities to practice their skills and work towards their individual goals. Daily language activities include: student presentations, conversational dialogues, mock interviews, video-taping and voice recording sessions, homework assignments, speech drills, songs, skits, and speech contests.

After 10-months and 150 hours of intensive language training, students are able to:

  • Present a 30-minute presentation in Chinese
  • Initiate and sustain basic conversations about family and business topics
  • Graduate from sentence-level utterances to paragraph-length discourse
  • Narrate and describe present, past, and future activities in presentations

Beginning Chinese Language Class

By the end of the beginning level, students may not yet be able to support an opinion with examples or argue against an opposing viewpoint, but they are able to present themselves beyond the sentence level in Chinese and to engage with people in meaningfully social and business situations.

The Chinese textbooks for the beginning Chinese class primarily support instruction of future international business and management personnel as part of the Master of International Management (full and part time students).


Intermediate & Advanced Chinese Language Class

The focus of intermediate and advanced classes, in contrast to the beginning class, is to train students to conduct business negotiations in all aspects of foreign trade.

The teaching process can be divided into:

  • Functionality: students are taught only the essentials to ensure that they have enough time to conduct mock business interviews, debates, class discussions, and presentations on subjects related to the real business world. In doing presentations, debates, role-plays, simulated business negotiations, and oral practice based on different business-related subjects, the students develop a sense of accomplishment that builds their confidence in using Chinese.
  • Oral Fluency: Students are provided with ample time and opportunities to participate effectively in formal and informal conversations and discussions on topics related to a variety of issues.
  • Business Culture: Students are trained to support their opinions, hypothesize about abstract topics and offer detailed narration and descriptions with native-like discourse strategies. In addition, they socialize with native speakers in the target language, conduct mock business negotiations and interact with native Chinese in a simulated language-rich and business-focused environment.

By the end of the program, students can function and communicate effectively with most native speakers. Students will be able to engage in the following interactions:

  1. establish business contacts
  2. make price inquiries and offers
  3. conduct trade negotiations with regard to terms of payment, shipping and handling matters
  4. deliver goods
  5. buy insurance for imports/exports
  6. establish a joint-venture enterprise
  7. display reading, translation, and writing skills in economic, financial and business-related essays, newspaper articles, and legal business documents