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 2018-2019

Chinese

Beginning Chinese

Open , Seminar—Year

This course is designed for students who have no or little knowledge of Chinese language. In this course, 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 read short passages on a variety of topics at the level of intermediate-low. Chinese culture will also be explored and discussed.

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Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

This course is designed for students who have finished one year of Chinese or its equivalent. We will continue improving the Chinese language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. An emphasis will be place on communication and discussion in both conversational and written Chinese. By the end of the year, students will be able to read some newspaper articles, stories, and essays and hold conversations on topics of daily life that extend into culture, arts, and politics.

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Films and Novels in Chinese

Intermediate/Advanced , Seminar—Year

This is a language course intended for students who have completed a second year of Chinese or its equivalent. 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 discussions on Chinese films, literature, culture, and history. Some important and recurrent themes in Chinese films and novels will be examined and discussed. Students are encouraged to bring into discussion their knowledge of Chinese/Western literature and culture and to conduct comparative studies on a variety of topics that include censorship, gender, and geopolitics. The course will be conducted mostly in Chinese, but some scholarly works in English might occasionally be included for discussion.

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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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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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