Katherine Wang
Office
Voter Hall 101
Tel
(802) 443-3402
Email
ywang@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
SPRING 2022: Tuesdays 3-4:30pm and Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm and by appointment.
Additional Programs
Chinese

A graduate of Nanjing Normal University in China, Katherine Youhui Wang has been with the Chinese Department at Middlebury College since the fall of 2000. She teaches first-year to third-year Chinese language classes. She also taught third-year Chinese at the Chinese Summer School of Middlebury College from 2002 to 2011. Since summer 2012 she has been the lead instructor in charge of the teaching of Level 2.5 (between second and third-level) Chinese class at the Chinese Summer School.

Besides teaching, she conducts Chinese placement tests, organizes and coordinates the Chinese Language Table for the Chinese Department. She has been the faculty advisor to the Chinese Society organized by Chinese and Asian students at Middlebury College since 2011, and the faculty advisor to the Chinese House since spring 2013.

Courses Taught

Course Description

Beginning Chinese
This course is an introduction to Mandarin (guoyu or putonghua). The course begins with simple words and phrases, the pronunciation and cadences of Mandarin, romanization, Chinese characters, and simple vocabulary items, all taught in the context of practical communication. Sentence patterns and other fundamentals of speaking, reading, and writing will be taught, including both traditional characters (used everywhere before the 1950s and still used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) and simplified characters (used in China). Students should have achieved active command of more than 600 Chinese characters and more than 800 compounds by the end of the sequence CHNS 0101, CHNS 0102, and CHNS 0103. 5 hrs. lect., 2 hrs. drill

Terms Taught

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Beginning Chinese
An intensive continuation of CHNS 0101, this course is required of those wishing to take CHNS 0103 in the spring. Students may anticipate learning a significant amount of new vocabulary, sentence patterns and idiomatic expressions. Skits, oral presentations, writing assignments, and cultural activities are also part of this course. (CHNS 0101)

Terms Taught

Winter 2020, Winter 2021

Requirements

LNG, WTR

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Course Description

Beginning Chinese
This course is a continuation of the fall and winter terms with accelerated introduction of vocabulary, grammar, and sentence patterns designed to facilitate speaking and reading. Toward the end of this semester students will read Huarshang de meiren (Lady in the Painting), a short book written entirely in Chinese. (CHNS 0102 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect., 2 hrs. drill

Terms Taught

Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Intermediate Chinese
This course is a continuation of the first term's work, with the class conducted primarily in Chinese. (CHNS 0201) 5 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill

Terms Taught

Spring 2022

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Advanced Chinese (Modern Chinese)
This course aims at further development of overall language proficiency through extensive reading of selected texts representing a wide variety of subjects and styles. Classes will be conducted entirely in Chinese except for occasional recourse to English by the instructor to provide a quick solution to problems of definition. The main text will be All Things Considered with supplementary readings selected to help students both continue to work toward competence in conversational Chinese and also begin to master a more sophisticated register of language. 4 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2019, Fall 2020

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Advanced Chinese (Modern Chinese)
This course is a continuation of CHNS 0301 with continued practice in conversational Chinese and a greater emphasis on reading works of a literary nature. (CHNS 0301 or equivalent) 4 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

Requirements

LNG

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