Chinese Language Program

The Department of East Asian Studies has a strong Chinese Language program, with general instuction available in three levels, from beginning to advanced, plus specialized instruction in advanced reading, writing, and conversation. In addition, there are opportunities for overseas Study Abroad programs.

Faculty

Professor Feng-hsi Liu has been been director of the Chinese Language Program at U. of Arizona since 1991.

Instructor Cindy Shih joined the program in 1999, after many years of teaching at the University of California, San Diego.

Instructor Xia Zhang has recently joined the program, after finishing her M.A. at the University of Iowa.

Together they direct a staff of GATs, all of whom are graduate students in EAS or SLAT.

Instructor Training

All Chinese Language GATs are required to complete EAS 579 - Issues & Methods of post-Secondary Language Teaching, a class in the methodology of language teaching.

Classes:

Elementary Chinese I CHN 101 Introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin) for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
Elementary Chinese II CHN 102

Introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin) for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.

Intermediate Chinese I CHN 201

Grammar, reading, and conversation in the modern (Mandarin) language for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.

Intermediate Chinese II CHN 202

Grammar, reading, and conversation in the modern (Mandarin) language for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.

Third Year Chinese I CHN 403/503

Advanced conversation, grammar, reading and writing in modern Chinese for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course

Third Year Chinese II CHN 404/504

Advanced conversation, grammar, reading and writing in Modern Chinese for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.

Advanced Modern Chinese:
Readings in Social Science Texts
CHN 415/515

Study of advanced modern (Mandarin) Chinese through readings in social science texts for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.

Advanced Modern Chinese:
Composition
CHN 416/516  
Advanced Modern Chinese:
Readings in Modern Literature
CHN 417/517

Study of advanced modern (Mandarin) Chinese through readings in modern literature. for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.

Advanced Modern Chinese:
Conversation
CHN 418/518  

Language Testing

Placement Exams
Before enrolling in Chinese language classes, students may be required to take a placement exam to determine their level. These tests are given during the week before the start of each semester. Contact the department office (520-621-7505) for the time and location of the test.

Proficiency Tests
The Chinese Language program offers proficiency exams in Mandarin to allow students to complete their foreign language requirement without taking classes. These tests are given during the week before the start of each semester. Contact the department office (520-621-7505) for the time and location of the test.