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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

 CHFN 450: Classical 
 Chinese

 CHNF 430: Chinese  Culture

 CHNF 440: Chinese  Tradition

 All students must take Media Chinese, Classical Chinese, and either Chinese  Culture or Chinese Tradition to qualify 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 or Tianjin, China. There are two options to fulfill the Capstone Year. The first is by completing a semester of study at Nanjing University. Immediately following the semester in Nanjing, scholars complete professional internships at various locations in China. The second option is to complete an academic year at Tianjin Normal University with a mini-internship during the second semester of study. 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 2014 cohort at Nanjing.

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 Last Modified 7/6/15