Curriculum & Courses

The University of Oregon Chinese Flagship Program helps students with various levels of incoming proficiency achieve Superior proficiency upon graduation. Superior proficiency refers to someone who can communicate with accuracy in formal and informal settings on a variety of topics, using both concrete and abstract perspectives.

The UO offers accelerated, high-intensity Chinese courses throughout the curriculum with content-infused and specialized courses added at the Intermediate-Mid proficiency level. Curriculum offerings are designed to accommodate all incoming students at multiple entry levels, and gradually provide students with a rich blend of cross-disciplinary courses with topics from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and professional disciplines. Both language and content-infused courses emphasize student-centered productive learning activities and academic engagement, stressing independent and individualized learning and exploration of ideas.

Learning a second language requires passion, commitment, and time. Research indicates that 720-1,320 hours of study is needed to reach a basic conversation level (Intermediate-Mid) and between 1,635-3,010 hours to obtain professional fluency (Superior). However, with the intensive UO Chinese Flagship curriculum, which is augmented and supported by intensive summer programs, attrition prevention program enabled by mobile technology, individualized tutorials, extracurricular activities and cultural events, timely graduation is possible. Our curricula are designed for students, with the only exception of zero proficiency beginners, to graduate within four years and receive national certification. Although zero beginners may need an additional year to reach the same goals, they do have the opportunity to accelerate their progress and graduate on time. Acceleration decisions are made on a case-by-case basis depending on individual paces of proficiency development.

To accelerate the language learning process, our curriculum blends intensive group and classroom study with individualized learning, organized social and cultural activities, year-round engagement, and real-world experiences.

Please note that Flagship Program requirements are separate from Chinese major requirements, although some courses may count toward both. We encourage Flagship students who have declared a Chinese major to consult with an undergraduate major advisor from East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Flagship Curriculum for Those Entering with No Previous Proficiency

Novice Proficiency Freshmen
  • Enroll in EALL 209: Language & Society in East Asia during fall term
  • Enroll in CHN 101, 102, 103: Accelerated Chinese
  • Flagship domestic summer study (pre- and post-proficiency testing)
Intermediate Proficiency Sophomore
  • Enroll in CHN 201, 202, 203: Accelerated Chinese*
  • Flagship overseas summer study (strongly encouraged; pre- and post-proficiency testing)
Intermediate Proficiency Junior
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Flagship Intensive per term
  • Enroll in CHN 436/437: Literary Chinese once during the academic year
  • Flagship overseas summer program or Mobile Attrition Prevention Program (MAPP)
Advanced Proficiency Senior
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Capstone Prep during fall for media language and winter term for domain training and test prep
  • Enroll in CHN 445: Advanced Chinese topic series during winter and spring term
  • Apply to Capstone year abroad (complete proficiency testing)
Superior Proficiency Senior (Second Year)
  • Complete Capstone yearlong study and internship (complete proficiency testing)
  • Complete honors thesis in Chinese (optional)
  • Apply for Language Flagship certification

*Depending on post-test after summer intensive, students may skip the CHN 201, 202, and 203 sequence and move up to the curriculum as described in the table below.

 

Flagship Curriculum for Those Entering with Novice Proficiency

Novice Proficiency Freshmen
  • Enroll in EALL 209: Language & Society in East Asia during fall term
  • Enroll in CHN 201, 202, 203: Accelerated Chinese
  • Flagship domestic summer study (pre- and post-proficiency testing)
Intermediate Proficiency Sophomore
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Flagship Intensive per term
  • Enroll in CHN 436/437: Literary Chinese once during the academic year
  • Flagship overseas summer study (strongly encouraged; pre- and post-proficiency testing)
Advanced Proficiency Junior
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Capstone Prep during fall for media language and winter term for domain training and test prep
  • Enroll in CHN 445: Advanced Chinese topic series during winter and spring term
  • Apply to Capstone year abroad (complete proficiency testing)
  • Flagship overseas summer program or Mobile Attrition Prevention Program (MAPP)
Superior Proficiency Senior
  • Complete Capstone yearlong study and internship (complete proficiency testing)
  • Complete honors thesis in Chinese (optional)
  • Apply for Language Flagship certification

 

Flagship Curriculum for Those Entering with Intermediate Proficiency

Intermediate Proficiency Freshmen
  • Enroll in EALL 209: Language and Society in East Asia in fall term
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Flagship Intensive each term
  • Flagship overseas summer study (pre- and post-proficiency testing)
Advanced Proficiency Sophomore
  • Enroll in CHN 439: Advanced Academic Writing in fall term
  • Enroll in CHN 445: Advanced Chinese topic series in winter and spring
  • Flagship overseas summer study or Mobile Attrition Prevention Program (MAPP)
Advanced Proficiency Junior
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Capstone Prep during fall term for media language and winter term for domain training
  • Enroll in CHN 436/437: Literary Chinese or CHN 380: Self and Society in spring,  depending on proficiency level
  • Apply to Capstone year abroad (complete proficiency testing)
Superior Proficiency Senior
  • Complete Capstone yearlong study and internship (complete proficiency testing)
  • Complete honors thesis in Chinese (optional)
  • Apply for Language Flagship certification

 

Flagship Curriculum for Those Entering with Advanced Proficiency

Advanced Proficiency Freshmen
  • Enroll in EALL 209: Language and Society in East Asia
  • Enroll in CHN 436/437: Literary Chinese
  • Flagship overseas summer study (pre- and post-proficiency testing)
Advanced Proficiency Sophomore
  • Enroll in CHN 439: Advanced Academic Writing in fall term
  • Enroll in CHN 445: Advanced Chinese topic series in winter and spring terms
  • Flagship overseas summer study or Mobile Attrition Prevention Program (MAPP)
Advanced Proficiency Junior
  • Enroll in CHN 399: Capstone Prep during fall term for media language and winter term for domain training
  • Take CHN 380: Self and Society in Traditional Chinese Literature or a fourth topic in CHN 445: Advanced Chinese topic series in spring
  • Complete Mobile Attrition Prevention Program (MAPP) during summer term
  • Apply to Capstone year abroad (complete proficiency testing)
Superior Proficiency Senior
  • Complete Capstone yearlong study and internship (complete proficiency testing)
  • Complete honors thesis in Chinese (optional)
  • Apply for Language Flagship certification

Learning Support

Language Circles
The UO Mills International Center hosts language circles each Monday from 6:00-7:00. Flagship students are able to meet with native Chinese-speaking peers to practice conversational speaking and listening.

Language Partners
The Yamada Language Center coordinates the Language Exchange program. Flagship students are able to meet with Chinese-speaking peers to practice conversation speaking and listening, in exchange for helping Chinese speakers practice their English skills.

Discipline Mentors
Flagship students receive personalized, one-on-one instruction and support from graduate discipline mentors. Discipline mentors help students target any linguistic areas of need. All Flagship students have the opportunity for two hours of weekly tutoring with the discipline mentors.

Domain Training
Domain training in students’ major is integrated in the second term of CHN399 Capstone Prep, where students conduct and present project-based research in their disciplines. Additionally, students work with a graduate discipline mentor outside of class to receive individualized language learning and guidance on their research.

Mobile Attrition Prevention Program (MAPP)
The MAPP provides an independent, individualized language practice in reading, listening, speaking, and writing for Advanced students in the program. Students use a mobile device to access news articles of interest to them and complete learning activities related to the articles. MAPP allows students the opportunity to continue to use their language and culture skills during the summer and prevent language attrition.

About the Courses

Flagship courses are designed to fulfill the curriculum requirements of Capstone and thus include content-infused language courses; Chinese media courses; Chinese culture, society, and literature courses; classical Chinese courses; and domain training.

CHN 101, 102, and 103: First-Year Accelerated Chinese (5 Credits each course in the sequence)
This first-year sequence of Chinese language and culture learning is designed specifically for students who have no previous proficiency in Chinese. There are three sessions in fall term, after which students who earn a grade of B+ and above continue with accelerated courses.

CHN 201, 202, and 203: Second-Year Accelerated Chinese (5 Credits each course in the sequence)
This is a second-year accelerated Chinese language and culture learning for novice proficiency learners. Flagship students are placed in the accelerated session.

EALL 209: Language and Society in East Asia (4 Credits)
This course is an introduction to language and society in East Asia. Topics include the structure of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean societies, including politeness, intercultural communication, writing, and minority and immigrant communities. The course is taught in English.

CHN 380: Self and Society in Traditional Chinese Literature (4 Credits)
The course examines the role of the self in pre-modern Chinese society through reading some of the most important works in traditional Chinese literature. Students must be at the Advanced proficiency level or higher. Those who are not may take CHN 436 or 437: Literary Chinese instead.

CHN 399: Flagship Intensive (1-5 Credits)
The topics of this course vary each term, but focus mainly on current events in China. The goal of this course is to develop comprehension and communicative skills to reach the intermediate proficiency level. The course is taught in Chinese.

CHN 399: Capstone Prep (1-5 Credits)
This course is designed for Advanced students preparing for their Capstone application. The course is offered in fall and winter terms before students depart for their Capstone year abroad. In the fall session, students acquire media language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They become familiar with the formal register. In the winter session, students receive domain training through project-based research and presentation augmented with individualized tutoring in content research and professional language use outside of class.

CHN 436 and 437: Literary Chinese (4 Credits)
The course includes readings in various styles and genres of classical Chinese literature, with an emphasis on major works of different periods. The course is required of Chinese majors and designed for students who are below the Advanced level and thus cannot enroll in CHN 380. Non-majors can use any one course from CHN436/CHN437/CHN380 to satisfy the classical Chinese requirement for Flagship.

CHN 439: Advanced Academic Writing (4 credits)
This course is designed for students to master formal academic writing in the target language. It also provides an alternative to CHN380 and/or CHN436/437 for those students unable to take the latter.

CHN 445: Advanced Topics (4 Credits)
This course integrates content-based language courses to help students understand basic foundations of various disciplines and start to produce professional-level communication. The topics of the course include geography, religion, business, political science, or wellness. The course is taught in Chinese.