Chinese Language Program

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.

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.

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. Register online at  eas.arizona.edu/chinese-placement.

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. Register online at eas.arizona.edu/chinese-placement.

CLASSES

Introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin) for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
  Introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin) for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
Grammar, reading, and conversation in the modern (Mandarin) language for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
Grammar, reading, and conversation in the modern (Mandarin) language for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
Advanced conversation, grammar, reading and writing in modern Chinese for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course
Advanced conversation, grammar, reading and writing in Modern Chinese for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
Study of advanced modern (Mandarin) Chinese through readings in social science texts for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.
Study of advanced modern (Mandarin) Chinese through readings in modern literature. for non-native speakers. Native speakers may not take this course.