Chinese Language Instruction

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) at The Ohio State University offers a varied program in Chinese language. Under the directorship of Professor Galal Walker, DEALL's (Mandarin) Chinese Language Program is nationally recognized for the quality of its language instruction. Information on scholarships and financial aid is available in our Fellowships section.

Chinese (Mandarin) Language Program:

The Chinese Language Program includes 5 levels of instruction of Mandarin Chinese in as many as 3 formats: Individualized Instruction, Intensive classroom, and Regular classroom (five hours per week). For more detailed information on Chinese language courses and the Chinese Individualized Instruction program, visit DEALL's Chinese Program page.

Any questions regarding Chinese language courses can be directed to Steve Knicely.



Chinese (Cantonese) Language Courses:

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) at The Ohio State University has also begun to offer Cantonese language courses. A group studies course (Chinese 4194), Conversational Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers for advanced learners of (Mandarin) Chinese and native Mandarin speakers -- was offered in Autumn Semester 2013 under the faculty supervision of Professor Marjorie Chan (DEALL). Building on that course offering, a new, two-course sequence (Chinese 4301 and 4302) of "Conversational Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers" was developed and Chinese 4301 (Conversational Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers I) began to be offered in Spring Semester 2015. Chinese 4301 is offered again in Spring Semester 2016. (See the Spring 2016 flyer.)

The Ohio State University is currently the only CIC institution to offer Cantonese language, which is spoken by an estimated 100 million people. Ohio State may also be the only institution in North America to focus on offering conversational Cantonese to learners who have already acquired fairly high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and now wish to challenge themselves to learn to speak Cantonese as well, in order to communicate in the local language with native Cantonese speakers, whether in the old Chinatowns, or in Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces, Hong Kong, Macao, and other Cantonese-speaking communities in the world.


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