Chinese History Through Cinema
This course is a 15-week Content-Based Instruction (CBI) course that embodies the Monterey Way. The format of the class has 4-hour component, with additional informal 2-hour Movie Club participation: vocabulary and communicative grammar interpersonal practices, performance, and content discussion or reading extension. The learning tasks incorporate reading texts of Chinese contemporary historical events to enhance students’ understanding, watching movies that mark historical events, acting and discussing in class. It is designed to build colloquial conversational and listening skills through acting bits from the movie, to engage students to access authentic texts, to enhance understanding of content knowledge of Chinese modern history and Chinese culture. Assignments include different forms of performing and acting, weekly essays, grammar exercise sheets, listening exercises, etc. This course also has a Moodle site where students are able to get course materials week by week. Also, outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in the Movie Club. Prerequisite: Intermediate-high or above language proficiency level as determined by placement and oral exams; students with ability to read less complex authentic materials.