UH Introduces a New Course Series: Chinese for Business Professionals

UH now offers a series of courses entitled “Chinese for Business Professionals” (商务中文课程). The courses range from introductory through advanced levels and incorporate a specialized, intensive curriculum. The courses are open to regular UH Mānoa students and non-business students are welcome to enroll.

Chinese for Business Professionals is a specialized series of Chinese language courses tailored to the needs of professionals planning to do business with China or to live and work in the Chinese-speaking world. These practically-oriented courses, which are now open to all students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, were originally designed as part of the comprehensive China International MBA program and are strongly focused on spoken and written communication and on culturally appropriate behavior in the workplace. These intensive courses will offer a solid foundation for all professionals, even those with a non-business orientation. Each course covers approximately one year-level in one semester’s time. Classes meet four days a week, two hours per day, and confer eight semester credits each. Placement is determined based on previous language attainment in standard Mandarin Chinese.

Successful completion of CHN 205 will fulfill the Hawaiian / Second Language undergraduate core requirement. All of the courses can fulfill language requirements in various disciplines.

THE COURSES

CHN 105 – Elementary Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive elementary course focusing on everyday listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: consent. Fall semester only. This course is introductory and appropriate for students with no previous Chinese language training.

CHN 205 – Intermediate Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive intermediate course focusing on everyday listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 105 (or equivalent) or consent. Focuses on communicative scenarios common in business contexts.

CHN 305 – Third-Year Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive advanced course focusing on general advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 205 (or equivalent) or consent. Focuses on general business scenarios using advanced skills, such as making presentations and professional reports.

CHN 405 – Fourth-Year Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive advanced course focusing on specialized advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 305 (or equivalent) or consent. Spring semester only. Strong focus on language use in specialized business fields such as finance, marketing, accounting, and law, and on analysis of Chinese business culture. Language production includes preparation and presentation of extended research on business topics, such as case studies.

For placement or more information, contact Haidan Wang; haidan@hawaii.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (808) 956-6881.

JPN 401 Advanced Japanese Online Course Launched

Fall semester 2007 welcomed the addition of another online course, JPN 401 Advanced Japanese Online, to the existing group of online East Asian language courses developed by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC). Supported by the National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA), the development and implementation of JPN 401 is part of a larger initiative by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the NRCEA to enable students to earn a University of Hawai’i Certificate in the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages entirely online.

Fall semester 2007 welcomed the addition of another online course, JPN 401 Advanced Japanese Online, to the existing group of online East Asian language courses developed by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC). Supported by the National Resource Center East Asia (NRCEA), the development and implementation of JPN 401 is part of a larger initiative by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the NRCEA to enable students to earn a University of Hawai’i Certificate in the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages entirely online.

UH Language Certificates are earned by taking five upper-division language courses in the target language from a selection of courses offered by each Center. The online Certificate Program seeks to provide anyone, not only University of Hawai’i students, access to upper-level language courses which are not provided at their home institution for one reason or another. Another goal of the Online Certificate program is to allow military personnel who take a short-term intensive language course at UH to continue study even while being stationed elsewhere.

“Part of [the NFLRC] mission is to increase US capacity in uncommonly taught languages,” said David Hiple, Associate Director of the NFLRC. “[The NFLRC and NRCEA] are jointly cooperating in this technology initiative and it…happened because our funders gave us priority guidelines. Increasingly, that priority includes technology, online learning, and critical languages for US presence in the world today.”

JPN 401 builds on previously developed online language courses such as CHN 331, CHN 332, CHN 441, KOR 380, and JPN 332. The course was developed on a proprietary courseware application created by the NFLRC called BRIX. “The curriculum [of JPN 401 Online] is the same but it’s just been adapted to this online environment,” said Assistant Professor of Japanese, Katsuhiro Ota, who developed the course together with the NFLRC’s Stephen Tschudi and Yoshiaki Inuma.

By the conclusion of the 2006-2010 grant cycle, the NFLRC anticipates having all of the online Chinese and Japanese courses for the Certificate available, as well as part of the Korean courses. “The mission of the language centers is to improve the teaching and learning of languages in the United States. More and more, technology is a part of the delivery system,” said Hiple.

According to the Modern Language Association, East Asian language enrollment in higher education institutions has seen a significant increase between 2002-2006. For Chinese, the increase was 51%, for Japanese 27.5%, and Korean, 37.1%.