Unless you have never studied or been exposed to the Chinese language, you will need to take a placement test to determine the level at which you should begin your foreign language course work.

Current Students

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The program offers a full range of modern Chinese (Mandarin) courses from beginning (Chin 10A) to high advanced (Chin 120B) levels. We also offer a special course for students who speak fluent Chinese but do not read or write Chinese (Chin 29B), an advanced business Chinese course that will prepare students for doing business in and/or with China (Chin 106B) and a course taught in English to help students understand Chinese history and culture through film (Chin 130B).

Courses are taught by experienced instructors who follow the highest standards of Chinese teaching in the United States and employ proven pedagogy and new technology to make courses highly efficient.

Spring 2016 Courses

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

CHIN 20B: Continuing Chinese
Professor Jian Wei and Staff
Section 1: M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Section 2: M,T,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Section 3: M,T,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Prerequisite: CHIN 10a. Four class hours per week.

Continuation of CHIN 10a. Usually offered every spring.

CHIN 29B: Pathways for Chinese Literacy
Professor Jian Wei
Block E - M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM

For students who have significant bilingual background in Mandarin Chinese or a non-Mandarin dialect (e.g., Cantonese). Emphasizes reading and writing skills, but standard Mandarin pronunciation and grammatical structure are also stressed. Usually offered every spring.

This course is designed for three groups of students:

  1. You speak Chinese at home and you speak Chinese quite well. However, your reading and writing skills are weak or you don't write Chinese at all;
  2. You learned Chinese at high school for one year or more but you mainly learned basic Chinese conversations and your skills in reading and writing are very limited;
  3. You stayed in a Chinese speaking region for one year or more and you speak Chinese well. However, you don't read and write Chinese. During the class, you will learn how to read and write Chinese with computer while consolidating your conversational Chinese.

If you are not sure if this course will meet your needs, please contact Professor Jian Wei, the course instructor, by email at

CHIN 40B: Advanced Intermediate Chinese
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Professor Xiwen Lu
Section 1: M,T,W,Th 9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Section 2: M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–10:50 AM

Prerequisite: CHIN 30a or equivalent. Four class hours per week.

Continuation of CHIN 30a. Usually offered every spring.

CHIN 105B: Advanced Conversation and Composition II
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Professor Xiwen Lu and Staff
Section 1: Block E - M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Section 2: Block F - M,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in CHIN 105a or the equivalent.

Designed for advanced students who wish to enhance and improve their speaking proficiency and writing skills. Speaking skills will be developed through guided conversation, discussion of texts and films, and oral presentation. Exercises and essays will be used to improve students' writing skills. Usually offered every spring.

CHIN 106B: Business Chinese and Culture
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Block D - M,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

Prerequisite: CHIN 40b or equivalent.

An advanced Chinese course where students develop their language proficiency and cultural knowledge in professional settings such as the workplace. The course is conducted entirely in Chinese and is designed for students who want to sharpen their language skills and reach a higher level of proficiency in which they are able to read newspapers, magazines, or professional documents, as well as to improve their communicative ability and enhance their self-confidence in Chinese workplaces. Usually offered every second spring.

CHIN 120B: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language II
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Professor Jian Wei
Block L - M,W 3:30 PM–4:50 PM

Prerequisite: CHIN 120a or equivalent.

Continuation of CHIN 120a. Study of contemporary Chinese short stories from the 1990s and later. These stories not only represent new literary themes and linguistic expressions, but also reflect the modernization, commercialization, and urbanization that is transforming China. The course improves students' knowledge of the language, as well as enhancing their understanding of Chinese society and culture. Usually offered every spring.

CHIN 140A: Yin Yu Tang Documents, Decoding the Late Qing and Early Republic Writings (I)
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Professor Yu Feng
Block K - M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Prerequisites: CHIN 120a and 120b, or permission of the instructor.

Teaches fundamental skills to decode the late Qing and early Republic writings in print or in hand-writing by recognizing and translating the Yin Yu Tang documents. Students of this course will also gain knowledge of Chinese society and culture of this period. Usually offered every year.