Prerequisite: Mandarin II or permission of the instructor

This is an advanced intermediate course in Modern Standard Chinese designed for students who have a solid background in the language. Students will continue to enlarge their vocabulary and add to grammar repertoire through thematically organized units. This course will use focused practices of all modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) to help students integrate their linguistic skills and apply them in meaningful situations such as travel, seeing a doctor and renting an apartment. In addition to communicative competence, this course will also seek to build cultural awareness and global competence as related to the thematic units. Students are encouraged to participate in language and cultural activities beyond the classroom to broaden their knowledge and perspective of the Mandarin language and culture.