Registration in Chinese language courses
Screening for Chinese language courses
All new students with any prior knowledge of Chinese are required to meet with instructional staff for a brief evaluation of their language level. For 2019/2020 registration, screening dates are listed here. Please download this questionnaire (pdf) (word) and bring the completed form with you. If you are unable to make any of the screening sessions, please contact Ms. Li Yang to make alternate arrangements. For any questions, please contact the Chinese language coordinator Dr. Kuo-Chan Sun.
PDF Word Screening dates
- Any student making false statements regarding their language background for academic advantage may be found guilty of misrepresentation of facts or cheating under the Student Code of Behaviour. This is a serious academic offence which could result in suspension or expulsion from the University of Alberta. For more information about the Student Code of Behaviour, see:
- Registrations will be reviewed periodically and registered students new to the program who have not completed the screening will have their registration cancelled.
Requirements for beginning Chinese language courses
Students who have a background in one of the regional dialects of Chinese such as Cantonese, Toisanese, Hokkien or Hakka, as well as any written knowledge of Chinese are NOT ALLOWED to take CHINA 101.
Students wishing to register in CHINA 101 and 102 should be absolute beginners, with no prior knowledge or study of Chinese language in any dialect. However, the Department of East Asian Studies acknowledges that even absolute beginners have different backgrounds that may affect classroom dynamics. Therefore two sections (A1 and A3, B1 and B3) of 100-level Chinese have been designated for students who, while still beginners, have some prior exposure to Chinese language/culture, specifically through: a) Japanese language; or b) extended family members who speak any Chinese dialect. It has been the department’s experience that the aforementioned students find a class with an energetic pace more enriching. If you are unsure of which class to register for or have additional concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Chinese language coordinator for further advising.
Registering for intermediate and advanced Chinese courses
Students continuing in the regular Chinese should register in the next level, preferably in the same section as the year previous.
Please note: Students having completed the CHINA 102 B2 stream are highly encouraged to enroll in EASIA 201. EASIA 201 is designed as an enrichment course to enhance further Chinese language studies and is to be taken concurrently with CHINA 201 or CHINA 202. This course will especially benefit non-heritage students.
New heritage students:
Students that have a background in one of the regional dialects of Chinese such as Cantonese, Toisanese, Hokkien, or Hakka, as well as some knowledge of written Chinese should register for CHINA 211 and 212 in their first year of study. Please speak to the Chinese language coordinator before registering.
Students matriculating with Chinese in high school
Students who have completed Chinese Language Arts 30 or 30IB without difficulty (the Chinese bilingual program) should normally register in CHINA 401 or above. Students having completed Chinese Language and Culture 30 or 30 IB without difficulty should normally register in CHINA 201 B2 and are strongly encouraged to register in EASIA 201. However, these are guidelines, rather than guarantees of placement; the Department requires that any student who has undertaken ANY Chinese language study in Canada or abroad, or who has taken any part of their schooling in Chinese, contact the Chinese language coordinator to discuss their course selections before the start of the semester.
“Heritage” and “non-heritage” students
The Department of East Asian Studies recognizes that students wishing to study Chinese come from a multitude of cultural backgrounds. Like other post-secondary institutions in Canada, we divide our learners into heritage and non-heritage students.
By “heritage students” we refer to:
• Students who were born in a non-Chinese speaking country, but were raised in a home where Mandarin or another Chinese dialect was spoken, who speak or merely understand the dialect, and who are to some degree bilingual in English and Chinese. Dialects include but are not limited to: Cantonese, Toisanese, Hokkien, or Hakka
• Students who were born in a Chinese speaking country whose first language was Chinese, and who have received some, but incomplete formal education
• Students of non-Chinese origin who have acquired certain level of Chinese language proficiency (especially speaking and listening) by living, studying or working in a Chinese speaking country/region for any period of time
• Students who have completed formal Chinese language training through a bilingual or high school program in Canada
By “non-heritage students” we refer to:
• Students of non-Chinese origin with no knowledge of Chinese language
• Students of Chinese origin who do not speak any Chinese dialect and whose parents do not speak any Chinese dialect
It is our goal to provide a fulfilling and fair learning environment by making sure that all students are placed in a class that complements their formal or informal knowledge of Chinese.