We have a diverse and balanced curriculum of courses in cultural studies, thought systems, literary masterpieces, and cinema. Those courses will equip students with knowledge of both ancient and modern China, which they will find very useful whether they wish to communicate with people on the other side of the globe or pursue a career path that is related to this country that boasts one of the longest cultural histories in the world.
Language classes are divided into two components—lecture (fact class) and recitation (act class). In lecture class, students learn about grammar and key patterns for usage. They are then asked to apply their knowledge to practice speaking in recitation classes. The recitation class size is kept small (about a dozen or fewer students) so that students can practice using language in interactive instructional activities and simulated real-life situations. The recitation class is taught by native speakers of Chinese and use of English is not allowed.
In the first two years, class meets seven times a week, two for lecture and five for recitation. In Third Year Chinese, class meets five times a week, 2 for lecture and 3 for recitation. If you have inquires about our language program, please contact Yi Xu.