As mentioned above, the majority of students who have a few years of high school Chinese will be recommended to take ASIALANG 111 or ASIALANG 101 in their first semester here.
Differences between the two courses include the followings:
ASIALANG 101 First Semester Chinese
- 4 credit course that meets 5 hours a week (2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of discussions)
- Team-taught by a faculty member (lectures) and teaching assistants (discussions)
ASIALANG 111 Elementary Chinese II
- 3 credit course that meets 3 hours a week
- Taught by one instructor
In the spring semester, students from both of these courses will get together in ASIALANG 102 Second Semester Chinese (4 credit course that meets 5 hours a week).
The benefits of taking ASIALANG 101 in the fall is that you can practice Chinese every day and get used to the pace of 5 hours a week instruction. The information provided in lectures would solidify your knowledge of the language. Your past experience will help you feel comfortable in the course. But please keep in mind that you must establish good study habits during the first semester, or by the end of the semester, you may end up falling behind students who struggle at the beginning but nonetheless adapt to the pace of instruction. So, it is important to keep reminding yourself that you should approach the course with fresh attitude.
ASIALANG 111, on the other hand, meets only three hours a week. This means that you will have less time for in-class practice, but it might be easier to fit this course into your schedule. The elements of lectures and discussions in ASIALANG 101 are combined in one class period. In the spring semester, however, you will not have this option of 3-hour slow track course. So, at the beginning of the spring semester, you have to get used to a different structure and pace of the course. As mentioned earlier, in order to register for ASIALANG 111, you need to take the placement test.