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 the University of Arizona since 1991.
- Instructor Xia Zhang has recently joined the program, after completing her M.A. at the University of Iowa
- Instructor Hongyi Jia has joined the program, after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.
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.