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Chinese

Why Study Chinese?

Knowledge of Chinese opens up one of the world's richest historical and cultural heritages. Spoken by more than 1.3 billion people, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Singapore and one of the six official working languages of the United Nations. As China has emerged as the second largest economy in the world and a major player in world affairs, students with proficiency in Chinese will be well positioned for jobs in business, education, government, hospitality, international relations, media, science and technology, and much more.

Our Curriculum

The Chinese Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at UNLV offers a minor in Chinese and students at UNLV can take up to four years of Chinese language study as well as electives on Chinese culture, literature, and film. You can find a list of our courses and Chinese Minor requirements on this web page. The various courses offered will help you obtain language skills and knowledge about China, and ultimately prepare you for a much broader range of potential career paths.

Please click here for questions about proper placement in Chinese courses.

Study Abroad

UNLV is a founding and board member of the Universities Study Abroad Consortium, which currently offers semester and year-long programs in Chengdu and Shanghai, China.

The Chengdu program is ideal for students who are interested in experiencing life in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in the country. The program offers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language which is becoming increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Chengdu is a great place to practice it outside of class. Studying in China offers you a unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s most ancient civilizations while living in the one of the world’s fastest growing major economies.

The Shanghai program is ideal for students who are interested in studying the economic and business environment of China and East Asia. Once a sleepy fishing town, Shanghai is now the hallmark of China’s booming economy. It is the perfect place for you to learn about the business environment of East Asia and study Chinese language. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Shanghai is a great place to practice it outside of class. While learning Chinese language and business logistics during the week, you will be able to take in dozens of art exhibitions, sport competitions, movies, museums, musical events, nightclubs, and more.

For more information about study abroad programs in China, visit the website of International Programs.

Learning Objectives

Communication

  • Students will be able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

  • Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

  • Students will be able to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Cultures

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products (artifacts) and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Connections

  • Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

  • Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.
  • Comparisons

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Communities

  • Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

  • Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.


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