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Japanese

EALC-1100(6) INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE LANGUAGE (Le3/La1) This course introduces students to the modern Japanese language. The aim of this course is to provide a solid base in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation through speaking, listening, writing, and reading exercises. Students are introduced to Japanese syllabary (hiragana and katakana) and basic Japanese characters (kanji). In addition to providing the basis for further research for EALC students interested in Japanese studies, the course is of interest to a variety of students from various disciplines interested in acquiring basic Japanese language skills.
RESTRICTIONS: Native speakers of Japanese or students who have standing in Japanese 40S or equivalent are not eligible to take this course. Students may not receive credit for both this course and the former REL-2020(6). 

EALC-2100(6) INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE LANGUAGE (Le3/La1) In this course, students extend their knowledge of Japanese grammar and vocabulary in communicative and academic contexts through assignments, group work, and exercises in speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Students are expected to be able to read and write hiragana, katakana, and some kanji, and to have mastered pronunciation and basic Japanese grammar. In addition to providing the basis for further research for students in EALC who are interest in Japanese studies, this course is of interest to elementary students of Japanese who wish to improve their language skills. PREREQUISITES: EALC 1100(6) or equivalent. RESTRICTIONS: Native Speakers of Japanese are not eligible to take this course. 

EALC 3100 (6) ADVANCED JAPANESE In this course, students complete their undergraduate studies in the Japanese language through advanced communicative and written exercises. Special emphasis is placed on social science readings, allowing students to read and comprehend a Japanese language newspaper article by the end of the course. Students are also encouraged to participate in the advanced level of the Manitoba Japanese Speech Contest. PREREQUISITES: EALC-2100(6) or permission of instructor. 

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Chinese

EALC-1200(6) INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE LANGUAGE (Le3/La1) This course introduces students to the modern standard Chinese language (Mandarin). The aim of the course is to provide a solid base in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation through speaking, listening, writing and reading exercises. In addition to providing the basis for further research for EALC students interested in Chinese studies, the course is of interest to a variety of students from various disciplines interested in acquiring basic Chinese language skills. RESTRICTIONS: This course is not intended for Chinese native speakers, including speakers of dialects other than Mandarin. Students may not receive credit for both this course and the former REL-2030(6). 

EALC-2200(6) INTERMEDIATE CHINESE LANGUAGE (Le3, La1) This course is a continuation of Introduction to Chinese Language (Mandarin), and is a study of Chinese in its spoken and written forms with more vocabulary, more advanced grammatical structures and written characters. Equal emphasis is given to speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Chinese dictionary usage is also addressed. In addition to providing the basis for further research for EALC students interested in Chinese studies, this course is of interest to a variety of students who wish to improve their Chinese language skills. PREREQUISITES: This course is open to students who have taken Introduction to Chinese Language (EALC 1200(6) or equivalent, or whose Chinese language ability meets the expectation of the introductory course. Students without the prerequisite must get permission from the instructor. RESTRICTIONS: Speakers of dialects other than Mandarin must receive permission from the instructor to take this course. 

EALC-3007(6) INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE (Le3) This course introduces students to Classical Chinese language grammar, style, and the use of traditional characters, through the reading of excerpts from traditional Chinese literature, the basis from which all forms of the Classical Chinese writing system, in Japan and Korea as well as China, developed. Special attention is given to texts from ancient China’s intellectual and religious traditions, Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism). The course assumes no prior knowledge of Chinese. RESTRICTIONS: Not available to students with prior training in Classical Chinese. Students may not receive credit for this and the former REL-2007(6). CROSS LISTED: Religion & Culture REL-3007(6).

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Korean

EALC-1300(6) INTRODUCTION TO KOREAN LANGUAGE (Le3/La1) This course introduces students to the modern Korean language. The aim of this course is to provide a solid base in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation through speaking, listening, writing and reading exercises. Students are introduced to the Korean characters known as Hangul. In addition to providing the basis for further research for Religious Studies students interested in Asian religions, the course is of interest to a variety of students from various disciplines interested in acquiring basic Korean language skills.PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor. RESTRICTION: Native speakers of Korean or students who have standing in Korean 40S or the former REL-2040(6) or equivalent are not eligible to take this course.

EALC-2300(6) INTERMEDIATE KOREAN LANGUAGE (Le3/La1) Intermediate Korean is designed for students who have already completed Introduction to Korean or the equivalent. Building on their knowledge of Korean, students will learn more advanced vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions that are used in traditional and modern Korean. Students will also learn about Korean culture through the textbook and occasional audio and visual materials. In class, students are encouraged to speak as much Korean as possible to improve their oral communication skills. Overall, the course aims to develop intermediate-level proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. PREREQUISITES: EALC-1300 or equivalent.