An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture (CANCELED)

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Chinese, the official language of both mainland China and Taiwan, is spoken by over 1.1 billion people worldwide. Given China’s rise as an economic and political power, and its rich cultural histories and vibrant contemporary cultures, standard Chinese is one of the most important international languages in the world today. This course introduces students to Chinese language and culture through the exploration of famous cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. In the course, students will learn basic spoken Chinese, such as culturally appropriate ways of making introductions, greeting people, asking for directions and ordering food. They will also gain a basic knowledge of Chinese characters, and of the Pinyin writing system. Through this immersive study, students will become familiar with local life in a modern Chinese city and will develop functional abilities in Chinese that are useful in real-life contexts.

Student profile

The course is an introductory one for students with no or little experience in Chinese. All tours will be virtual explorations; this course will not travel to China in person. It will be of interest to students interested in exploring Chinese language and culture, in further studying Chinese at the college level, or in combining the study of Chinese with the study of other academic subjects. All are welcome! This course is run in partnership with Asian Languages and Cultures at UW–Madison.

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Application deadlines

Application opens: Nov. 29, 2021
Deadline: Apply by April 30, 2022

Tuition deadlines

The first half of tuition is due by May 16, 2022. The second half of tuition is due by June 6, 2022.

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