Prerequisite: Mandarin I or permission of the instructor

This is an intermediate course in Modern Standard Chinese designed for students who have basic background in the language. Through thematically organized units, students will expand their vocabulary substantially as well as add new grammar and expressions to their repertoire. By the culmination of the course, students will have attained significantly higher proficiency and fluency in all three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) in the thematic topics.  Through targeted and controlled practice, students will have ample opportunity to strengthen what they learned previously while integrating new skills for greater meaning. Additionally, students will explore cultural topics as they relate to the themes of the course to build their cultural awareness and achieve global competence.