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Asian Language Programs

Chinese Language Program

The Chinese Language Program offers three levels of modern Chinese instruction on a regular basis. The program also offers a course for Chinese heritage learners. The curriculum is language proficiency orientated. The proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language are the framework for our teaching and learning. Therefore, students will develop their proficiency in receptive skills as well as productive skills.

Exciting new Master of Arts program:

About the Program

Brandeis University's Master of Arts program in Teaching Chinese at the College Level prepares students who have already obtained a foreign master’s degree in teaching Chinese to be instructors at the collegiate level in the United States. This one-year program provides instruction in class design, theory, and pedagogy, under the direction of dynamic, renowned faculty.  Some additional highlights of the program include:

  • Located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships and career opportunities;
  • Our M.A. program employs new theories and practices, enabling undergraduates to reach an advanced level of Chinese in about 70% less time than conventional teaching practices (600 hours vs. 2100 hours);
  • Connections with renowned universities that offer teaching Chinese as a foreign language, including Beijing Language and Culture University, National Taiwan Normal University, Tianjin University, and Renmin University of China;
  • The only master’s program on the eastern seaboard of the United States that is focused on Chinese language teaching;
  • Our International Students and Scholars Office provides a vibrant community to enhance the Brandeis educational experience.

More information on our related program, the Master of Arts in Teaching at the secondary (high school) level with a concentration in Chinese, can be found on the M.A.T. website. For a comparison of the MTCC vs. the M.A.T. in Secondary Education (Chinese), please use this chart.

Japanese Language Program

The Japanese Language Program offers a four-year curriculum in Japanese language study. The program emphasizes the acquisition of proficiency in four areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the same time, the program aims to develop an awareness of the distinct culture and heritage of Japan through hands-on classroom activities and special presentations.