Chinese for Heritage Speakers

CHIN 0005 is a course specifically designed for heritage learners and those whose oral and aural abilities exceed their reading and writing skills. Students with an upbringing or long-term exposure to oral Chinese language use can take this course to develop their literacy skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture. The course also aims to help students further develop their oral and socio-cultural communication skills so that they can conduct communication in all three modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) at a higher proficiency level. Students will be immersed in Chinese language and culture through integration of cultural content knowledge and language learning.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

• pronounce sounds problematic for a majority of heritage learners
• recognize Chinese radicals and use them to guess the meaning of Chinese characters
• recognize and write Chinese characters
• use reading strategies
• make oral presentations in Chinese
• write compositions in Chinese

Class size: 12

Number of Credits


Course prerequisites

Departmental consent; contact instructor for placement