The Department of East Asian Studies has a strong Chinese Language program, with general instruction 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.
- 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.
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.
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. Register online at eas.arizona.edu/chinese-placement.
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. Register online at eas.arizona.edu/chinese-placement.