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Ran Zhao

Associate Professor
Director of Chinese Program
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University
M.A., Translation Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University
B.A., English Language and Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University
CHIN 1010: Elementary Chinese
Credits: 4
Introduction to the fundamentals of modern Chinese. No prerequisites. This course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Prerequisite: none.
CHIN 1020: Elementary Chinese
Credits: 4
The second in a two-semester introduction to modern Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 1010 or equivalent background (as demonstrated in the department's placement test).
CHIN 3050: Pre-Advanced Speaking & Reading in Chinese I
Credits: 2
This course focuses on improving oral communication skills needed for various social settings, such as carrying on an intelligent conversation about various aspects of modern life, telling a story in a detailed or compelling manner, or engaging in extensive discussion of various social issues. Readings will be used as input to enhance speaking skills. Prerequisite: CHIN 2020 or CHIN 2060.
CHIN 4010: Advanced Chinese I
Credits: 3
This course is a continuation of CHIN 3020. The goal of these courses is to help students understand journalistic essays and some literature pieces through systematic study of sentence patterns and formal writing styles. All aspects of Chinese language learning are still evenly balanced. Prerequisites: CHIN 3020 or equivalent.
CHIN 5810: Media Chinese I
Credits: 3
Studies electronic and print media in Chinese, emphasizing current events as reported in the Chinese speaking world, to further develop oral and written proficiency. Prerequisite: CHIN 5020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.