You take 20 hours/week of Chinese language classes, and all of those classes work in tandem. Learning family-related vocabulary in one class session means reading about about China’s family planning policies in another. After class, you might head to a local retirement center to interview a senior about his family, or head home with your roommate to meet hers.
Your classes get you practicing your Chinese out in the city, where it counts. Go to the flea market with your class to practice bargaining. Visit a middle school to chat with the children and describe your life back home. Discuss diplomacy with US diplomats. Head to a restaurant with your teacher, and ask the server about menu items before ordering.
All students uphold a full-time Chinese language pledge, even beginners. There’s no denying that speaking Chinese 24/7 is hard. But we think it’s absolutely worth the effort. (And past students agree with us.) Just wait until the first time you wake up in the morning and realize that you dreamed in Chinese….
This program has been perfecting the art of language teaching since 1982. The teachers are dedicated, patient, and highly skilled. Word by word, phrase by phrase, they help you make the Chinese language your own. The best part? You get to see these wonderful teachers outside of class, too. On Fridays, each class heads out to lunch to celebrate the end of the week. It’s not long before your teacher feels like a friend…a friend who helps you learn to speak great Chinese.
You are placed into one of these courses:
You take this course:
CL416/CL516 Classical Chinese
You choose one of these electives:
CET maintains an advisory board of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies
Associate Professor of Chinese
Director, Lauder Chinese Language and Culture Program
Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Chinese Language Program Coordinator
Academic Advisor, Professor
Professor of Chinese
Because the success of the program starts in the classroom, CET continually fine-tunes its faculty training and professional development programs.