Chinese Program at DU
The recent expansion of Chinese-language and cultural programs in American educational institutions has been truly phenomenal. This not only reflects America's recognition of China as the second biggest economy and a major geo-political force, but also their need to prepare for future successes in an increasingly globalized economy in which China has played and will continue play a crucial role. Additionally, the Chinese civilization is one the oldest in the world, with the distinctive written system at the core of it. The transformation of contemporary China, composed of three interrelated elements--economic reemergence, socio-political transformation and intellectual reinterpretation--invites a wide range of theoretical and practical challenges; and thus makes Chinese Studies in general one of the most stimulating and fast growing fields for scholars and students crossing the boundaries between the humanities and social sciences.
With an emphasis on language as a critical tool for understanding and exploring cultural tradition, human intelligence and social activities, the Chinese curriculum at DU is designed to fulfill a three-dimensional mission: to develop students' language proficiency across four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), to advance students' cultural comprehension (understanding the Chinese cultural traditions and ways of thinking) and to cultivate students' social adaptability (by learning and practicing social customs and proper ways of interact with Chinese people in both everyday life and business settings).
To achieve the above goals, students' learning is assured through diverse approaches: classroom instruction offered by our innovative instructors plus individual practice in and outside the classroom with Chinese native speakers (most of our students have Chinese-speaking partners); use of up-to-date audio-video and web generated materials but also the practice of age-old traditional methods of learning Chinese, such as calligraphy; learning from textbooks and other classroom based material but also from authentic environment, such as ordering food from local Chinese restaurants, outings with Chinese native speakers, as well as traveling, bargaining, living with local families and doing community service and internship when studying abroad in Beijing or Shanghai.
For more information take a look at our Chinese Program Brochure!