Western Kentucky University

Chinese Flagship Program 中文领航

Curriculum Overview

Students enroll each year in a minimum of 8 Chinese credits (Fall and Spring). Summer or Winter term domestic or international programs can add an additional 3-8 credit hours. Classes meet five days per week (seminar + drill/lab) during the regular semester. Students also receive weekly one-on-one tutoring with native speakers. All Chinese Flagship courses count toward Honors College credit requirements.



Students enroll in courses based on proficiency level; therefore it is possible to start the program at any level below. Anyone joining the program with prior Chinese language coursework will be tested and placed in the appropriate course. Students in the program will be assessed each semester on progress with the language, and may complete the equivalency of semester courses below through Summer term domestic or international Chinese immersion programs. Due to the nature of the program, each student’s Flagship coursework timeline may look different. Summer or Winter term immersion programs can boost a student’s proficiency in a short period of time. All students are encouraged to participate in these immersive experiences for additional cultural and linguistic proficiency during the Summer and Winter terms.


Chinese Flagship course offerings:

 

Year One

CHNF 101: Intensive Elementary Chinese I

CHNF 102: Intensive Elementary Chinese II

Winter and summer programs suggested; may be able to skip ahead a year depending on proficiency gained during intensive summer program.

Suggested proficiency at end of first year: Novice Mid/High

Year Two

CHNF 201: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I

CHNF 202: Intensive Intermediate Chinese  II

Winter and summer programs suggested; may be able to skip ahead a year depending on proficiency gained during intensive summer program.

Suggested proficiency at end of second year: Intermediate Mid

Year Three 

CHNF 301: Intensive Advanced Chinese I

CHNF 302: Intensive Advanced Chinese II

Summer program suggested; may be able to skip ahead a year depending on proficiency gained during intensive summer program.

Suggested proficiency at end of third year:Advanced Low

Year Four

CHNF 420: Media Chinese

CHNF 430: Chinese Culture

CHNF 440: Chinese Tradition

All students must take Media Chinese and either Chinese Culture or Chinese Tradition to apply for the Capstone Year.

Students receive additional Domain-specific tutoring at this level, as well as attend a Capstone Year application workshop and orientation.

 

Suggested proficiency at end of fourth year: Advanced High

 


Once students have reached at least the Advanced-Mid level of proficiency, they may apply for the Capstone Year in Nanjing, China. The capstone is designed to give students the opportunity to fully develop professional proficiency in their field through a semester of direct enrollment at Nanjing University, followed by a 4-6 month professional internship. This Capstone Year is a requirement for fulfilling the Chinese Language Flagship Certification, and students must demonstrate progress toward this goal in order to receive Flagship funding. Please see the latest Internship Newsletter for examples of internships undertaken by the 2013 cohort at Nanjing.

 Last Modified 3/20/14