Leihua Weng

Undergraduate Discipline

Chinese

BA, Zhejiang University, China. MA, Peking University, China. PhD, University of South Carolina. Research interests include reception of classics in modern and contemporary China, nationalist discourses, and gender issues. Currently working on a book draft entitled, The Straussian Reception of Plato in Modern China: Plato, Confucius, and Mao in Cultural Politics, to be published by Brill. Experienced in teaching modern and contemporary Chinese poetry and Chinese classical literature. SLC, 2016–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Chinese

Intermediate and Advanced Chinese: Conversations and Readings

Intermediate/Advanced , Seminar—Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of Chinese.

This course is intended for students who want to move beyond Beginning Chinese toward Intermediate or Advanced Chinese in both speaking and reading. We will keep learning and reviewing grammar and expanding vocabulary by covering materials in text and in multimedia. We will work toward the goal of conducting relatively smooth conversations on culture, literature, history, and politics, as well as the objective of reading literary text in modern Chinese.

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Beginning Chinese

Open , Seminar—Year

This course is designed for students who have no or little knowledge of the Chinese language. We will develop four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) through lesson learning and interactive communications. By the end of the academic year, we will be able to conduct daily conversations and to read short passages on a variety of topics at the level of “Intermediate Low.” Chinese culture will be introduced and discussed in the context of popular culture and modern art.

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Previous Courses

Advanced Chinese: Language, History, and Culture in Chinese Films

Advanced , Small seminar—Year

This course is intended for students who are beyond second-year Chinese at Sarah Lawrence College.

In this course, we will examine several important Chinese films, learning the language aspects of these films and exploring their filmic significance in culture and history. We will continue developing Chinese language proficiency but with a stronger emphasis on transforming our language knowledge into output skills that are required for in-depth discussion. Students are encouraged to bring their knowledge of Chinese culture, philosophy, history, and literature. The course will be conducted mostly in Chinese, but some scholarly works in English will be included for discussion.

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Beginning Chinese

Open , Seminar—Year

Beginning Chinese is designed for students without a knowledge of Chinese and for students whose Chinese language skills are not sufficient to conduct basic communication. The course aims to build students’ fundamental abilities in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing modern Chinese. Students will learn Chinese phonemes through pinyin (the Chinese phonetic system), a working vocabulary of more than 1,000 words, Chinese grammar, and expressions for basic communication. Students will learn how to write emails, letters, and short essays in Chinese. Accuracy in pronouncing tones and using grammar is strongly emphasized. While students will focus on learning the material in the textbooks, class activities utilizing Chinese visual arts, songs, clips of movies and TV programs, and microblogs will help students learn the language efficiently and enjoyably. Students will meet the language assistant twice a week to practice tones and dialogue. Conference sessions will focus on students’ independent studies. By the end of the year, students are expected to comfortably conduct communications regarding daily activities. Students also will complete a group project about a topic in which they have an interest.

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Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate , Small seminar—Year

Placement test is required.

Intermediate Chinese aims to advance students’ Chinese language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course strongly emphasizes that students express their ideas and thoughts accurately and appropriately in both spoken and written Chinese. The class will meet twice a week, focusing on new words, grammar, expressions in communication, and composition covered by the textbook. The language assistant will meet with students twice a week to do communicative exercises and practice tones. The course will also provide students with a selection of Chinese literature, film, spoken drama, newspaper articles, and Internet resources for conference sessions. Conference work consists of student presentations, panel discussions, or debates about Chinese cultural concepts, local customs, and social issues. At the end of the year, students will be able to explore Chinese Internet resources at a basic level and read some newspaper articles, stories, and essays. Students will also be able to express analytical views on some critical issues that concern Chinese society.

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