Contact Us
Department of East Asian Studies
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: (610) 526-5332
FAX: (610) 526-7479

Haverford College
Founders 123
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Phone: (610) 795-1756

Chinese Language Program


The Bi-Co Chinese Program offers five years of instruction in Mandarin Chinese. In addition to First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year Chinese, we offer Advanced Chinese, which is a two-year, four-course series, covering topics such as food, music, and language in Chinese culture, as well as other contemporary topics. This curricular design maximizes our teaching resources to meet the needs of our students who, in increasing numbers, either arrive at college with multiple years of Chinese in secondary schools or who accelerate their Chinese training by studying abroad in their junior year. We also offer a year-long course for those who have facility in speaking Chinese, but have had no or limited training in reading and writing (CNSE007-008).

The faculty in our program are seasoned and hard-working professionals dedicated to providing rigorous training in all four areas of Chinese language studies--speaking, listening, reading, and writing, in a caring and individually tailored environment. (Both First-Year and Second-Year Chinese have mandatory weekly one-on-one sessions between students and their teachers.) We take pride in our students, as our students take pride in their achievements. One indication of their level of proficiency is that we have trained zero beginners (students with no prior training or knowledge of Chinese when they enter our program) who, in their senior year, can serve as peer tutors to our lower level students in various aspects of Chinese learning.

The Bi-Co Chinese program is nested within the Bi-Co East Asian Studies Department. We serve EAS majors, Chinese minors, and any student who wishes to study the Chinese language. The Chinese minor is currently very robust with many students coming from other departments, such as Economics, History, Linguistics (Tri-Co), Anthropology, Growth and Structure of Cities, Psychology, Sociology, and other majors. We have students from the Natural Science departments in our classes and we would like to welcome more such students into our Minor.

An important part of training takes place in Study Abroad programs. Our students go to China in their junior year through CET, which has both intensive language programs and Chinese Studies Programs in multiple cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, and Kunming). Typically a student spends one semester in one of these programs, each of which has a slightly different curricular design (some provides internship opportunities, some offers courses on China taught in English), but all are demanding. One attractive feature of the CET language programs is that there is a language pledge that students sign when they start the program and this pledge is rigorously implemented. Our students appreciate this requirement and have a reputation to abide by it the same way they follow our campus Honor Codes.

The Bi-Co Chinese program has also teamed up with the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) at Haverford College to send students to China during the summer through Amity, a non-profit charity organization in China, that offers educational opportunities to migrant workers' children, who have limited access to quality education and fewer opportunities than the children of the city residents. Over the last few years, we have sent up to four students each summer to engage in Amity activities, mainly in teaching English to such children or teachers of English of such children. This summer, we are starting our pilot summer internship program, also under the auspices of CPGC, and in collaboration with Daming Palace Museum/Heritage Foundation in Xi'an, China, where our students will engage if a number of projects. Our goal in collaborating with CPGC is to create more opportunities for our students, who not only learn the Chinese language and culture, but also give something back to the communities in the ways they can. It is our hope that such opportunities will increase our students’ cultural literacy and enrich their academic training.


Chinese Language Faculty

Tz'u Chiang, Senior Lecturer

Thomas Hall 120

610-526-6560

tchiang@brynmawr.edu

Shizhe Huang, C. V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics, Director of Bryn Mawr-Haverford Chinese Language Program; Co-Chair of the Tri-Co Linguistics Department
Stokes 118A1
610-896-1262
shuang@haverford.edu

Changchun Zhang, Instructor
Thomas Hall 124
610-526-7974
czhang@brynmawr.edu


College Foreign Language Requirement

The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing CNSE 003 and 004 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in CNSE 004.

Chinese Language Placement Test

All entering students with some background in Chinese who wish to take Chinese, including heritage students who can speak the language with no or limited reading and writing skills, must submit a short essay between June 4 and Augut 10, and must take the Chinese Placement Test on August 29 following the guidelines listed below. 

  • Part I:

    Between June 4 and August 10, please go to the Chinese Program’s website and download the Essay sheets. Fill in all required information, and follow the detailed instructions provided there.  You will be asked to write an essay on any topic in either simplified or traditional form, using up to 240 characters (two sheets) within three hours.  If your Chinese writing is not advanced, just write as much as you can within the time limit.  No dictionary or any other form of assistance is allowed.  Please complete your essay in one sitting, namely, once you start, you should not stop until you finish.  When you’re done, sign your essay, and scan it. Email the scanned copy to Mr. Changchun Zhang (czhang@brynmawr.edu), the faculty member in charge of the Placement Test, no later than August 10, 2013.

    The subject line for this email must be: Chinese Placement Test--Essay 2013

    This essay will serve as your registration to take the Placement Test Part II on August 29.  Please use your full English name so that Zhang Laoshi can register you properly on Moodle for Part II of the test. (Bryn Mawr students must also notify their Dean’s Office by August 10, 2013, in order to register officially for this test.)

  • Part II:

    On Thursday, August 29, you will take the exam at Haverford College.  Vans
    will depart the McBride Gateway/Pembroke Arch at 8:00 a.m. and return from
    Stokes bus stop. The exam begins with a 60 minute listening and grammar
    portion that focuses on listening comprehension, pinyin usage, grammatical
    skills, and character recognition, followed by an oral test administered as an
    interview focusing on pronunciation, tones, fluency and correct usage of
    Chinese. Please submit the Chinese Exam Transportation form by August 10,
    to reserve your space on the van from Bryn Mawr to Haverford College.

Placement results will be available in late afternoon of the same day of the test. It is quite common for students with 2 or 3 years of Chinese in secondary school to be placed into First-Year Chinese. However, we have seen lately more and more students getting placed into Second-Year Chinese. Students can be certain that we have the experience to place them in the most appropriate level.

For more information or advice, please check the Chinese program website or contact Mr. Changchun Zhang (czhang@brynmawr.edu).

Since the Chinese Program is a bi-college program, some explanation is in order for First-year Chinese.   We offer TWO master sections for Intensive First-year Chinese (CNSE001-002). Both sections are open to first year students who would like to begin their formal studies of Mandarin Chinese in Bi-Co. Students need to complete the full year in order to receive a total of 3 credits for this year-long course. Both master classes meet at Haverford (TTH). Students from the two master sections are divided into three drill sections, all of which meet at Bryn Mawr (MWF). Students can register in either of the two master sections at Haverford and can choose any one drill section (they do NOT need to register for the drill class separately). We also offer one section of non-intensive First Year Chinese (CNSE007-008) for those who have some background in Chinese.

 

Course Schedule:  Spring 2014

Course # & Title Credit Days & Time Instructor

CNSE B00801

First Year

Chinese

(non-intensive)

1

Master class @ Bryn Mawr:

MWF 11:00-12:00

 

 

 

Master class:

Chiang, Tz'u

 

 

 

CNSE H00201

First-Year Chinese
Intensive

1.5

Master class @ Haverford:

MWF 10:00 - 11:30 am

 

Drills @ Bryn Mawr:

M, W, F

9:00 - 10:00 or

10:00 - 11:00 or

11:00 - 12:00

 

 

Master class:

Zhang, Changchun


Drills:

Tsai, Tsung

CNSE H00202

First Year Chinese

Intensive

1.5

Master class @ Haverford

MWF 11:30  - 1:00 pm

 

Drills @ Bryn Mawr:

M, W, F

9:00 - 10:00 or

10:00 - 11:00 or

11:00 - 12:00

 

Master class:

Zhang, Changchun


Drills:

Tsai, Tsung

 

CNSE B004001

Second Year

Chinese

1

Master class @ Bryn Mawr:

MWF 9:00-10:00 am

 

Drills @ Haverford

Roberts 007

TTH  10:00-11:00 am

or

TTH 11:00-12:00 noon

or

TTH 12:00-1:00 pm

Master class:

Chiang, Tz'u

 

Drills:

Tsai, Tsung

 

CNSE B004002

Second Year

Chinese

1

Master class @ Bryn Mawr

MWF 10:00-11:00 am

 

Drills @ Haverford

Roberts 007

TTH 10:00-11:00 am

or

TTH 11:00-12:00 noon

or

TTH 12:00-1:00 pm

Master class:

Chiang, Tz'u

 

Drills:

Tsai, Tsung

 

CNSE H102B

Third Year

Chinese

1

Master class @ Haverford:

TTH 1:00-2:30

Master class:

Zhang, Changchun

CNSE H202B

Advanced Chinese:

Chinese Theatre and Drama

1

Master class @ Haverford:

T 1:30-4:00 pm

 

One hour practicum TBA

Master class:

Huang, Shizhe

Contact person: Shizhe Huang, Director, Bryn Mawr-Haverford Chinese Program
shuang@haverford.edu

Study Abroad

The Department of East Asian Studies strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Because study abroad provides an unparalleled opportunity to study a culture from the inside, students spending a semester or year in China, Japan or Korea will be required to prepare an essay of 10 pages on some aspect of the society or culture of their host country. Sources for this essay may include course readings, magazines, novels, newspapers, television, or personal interviews. The essay may take up contemporary or historical themes.

Formal approval is required by the study abroad adviser prior to the student’s travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad may not be accepted by the East Asian Studies Department.

If studying abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools approved by the East Asian Studies Department. These plans must be worked out in concert with the department’s study abroad adviser and the student’s dean.

Chinese Language Courses

CNSE B001, B002 First-year Chinese

An intensive introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese. The development of oral-aural skills is integrated through grammar explanations and drill sessions designed to reinforce new material through active practice. Six hours a week of lecture and oral practice plus one-on-one sessions with the instructor. This is a year-long course carrying three units of credit; both semesters are required for credit. (Zhang, Tsai)

CNSE H003, H004 Second-year Chinese

Second-year Chinese aims for further development of language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Five hours of class plus one-on-one sessions with the instructor. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit. (Chiang, Zhang, Language Level 2)

CNSE B101, B102 Third-year Chinese

A focus on overall language skills through reading and discussion of modern short stories, as well as on students’ facility in written and oral expression through readings in modern drama and screenplays. Readings include representative works from the May Fourth Period (1919-27) to the present. Audio- and videotapes of drama and films are used as study aids. Prerequisite: Second-year Chinese or permission of instructor. (Chiang, Language Level 2)

CNSE B201 Advanced Chinese: Chinese through Film and Art

Through reviews, interviews, newspaper articles, and essays on film and art, this course has two aims: first, to introduce students to Chinese films, documentaries, and modern Chinese art; and second, to enrich students’ vocabulary in discussing cultural issues confronting China today. We will study the works of Fourth through Sixth generation directors (Wu Tianming, Zhang Yimou, Jia Zhangke), and will look at artworks by modern Chinese artists (Li Hua to Wang Quingsong), read and write about urgent issues facing contemporary China expresses through art. Prerequisite: third-year Chinese or above. (Lin, Division III)

CNSE B202 Advanced Chinese: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Culture

Through non-fiction writings this course begins with the 1980’s and concludes with contemporary China. Enriches the students’ vocabulary in and understanding of social, cultural and business issues confronting China today. Students will read and write about urgent matters that China is facing; while enhancing aural and spoken skills through presentations and discussions. Prerequisite: Third-year Chinese or the equivalent. (Huang).

 

Chinese Language Tutoring Program

Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

2013-14

Getting A Tutor
The Bi-Co Chinese Program, in conjunction with the Dean’s Offices at the two colleges, offers a free peer-tutoring program for all currently enrolled Chinese language students. Any student needing academic assistance should take advantage of this wonderful resource.

Procedure for getting tutoring at BMC

At BMC all students who want tutors need to request them through the online tutor request form.  The form is very brief and easy to fill out. Once a student completes and submits the request form, the form is processed by the Head Tutors and the Dean's Office, and he or she is assigned a tutor or tutors, depending on the specific needs.  Here is the link to the Tutoring Program:

http://www.brynmawr.edu/deans/acad_support/tutoring2.shtml

At the bottom of the webpage, there is a link to the actual tutor request form.

Procedure for getting tutoring at HC

At HC students who want tutors can directly contact the Chinese language tutors listed in the Chinese Program (See the list on the Bi-Co Chinese Program homepage).

At both BMC and HC, tutoring is done on a one-on-one basis by appointment. Please check the Tutoring Schedule for tutor availability. Tutoring is available up to two hours per week.

We encourage all of our students to consider using this free service at any point of their study of Chinese in areas where individually tailored one-on-one tutorials will be most effective in addressing the students’ needs.

Becoming a Tutor at BMC

Students who would like to become tutors need to apply for the tutoring position online. The form is listed on the student employment office webpage (https://brynmawr.studentemployment.ngwebsolutions.com/). At the same time, they also need to schedule an interview with Zhang Changchun Laoshi (czhang@brynmawr.edu). If it is decided that the student meets our standards, he or she will get a recommendation from him.

Becoming a Tutor at HC

Students who would like to become tutors can directly contact Zhang Changchun Laoshi (czhang@brynmawr.edu) for an interview.  If it is decided that the student meets our standards, he or she will get a recommendation to the Dean’s Office. The Chinese Program selects tutors with high standards and offers training. After the training, we classify tutors according to their strengths and our needs. So some tutors are classified to tutor any and all areas, such as pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, character writing (simplified or traditional) and Pinyin spelling. Some tutors are authorized to tutor in certain areas, but not all. Our tutors are all instructed NOT to tutor on Grammar, which is a topic that should be discussed only with the faculty members in the program.

If you have any questions, please contact your teacher of the course you are currently taking, or Zhang Changchun Laoshi, or Huang Shizhe Laoshi (shuang@haverford.edu).

Bryn Mawr Tutors

Yuxin Jiang
yjiang04@brynmawr.edu


Xue Jin
 xjin@brynmawr.edu


Xinyi Shen
xshen@brynmawr.edu


Wang Xiang
wxiang01@brynmawr.edu


Tianyuan Zhang
tzhang01@brynmawr.edu


Siqi Zhang
szhang03@brynmawr.edu

 

Haverford Tutors

Yang Yunwen
yyang@haverford.edu
all levels

Jiang Yiran
yjiang@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate

Pan Yiqi
ypan@haverford.edu
all levels

Hu Kangni
khu@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate


Chen Luyao
lchen@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate


Cao Chang
ccao@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate

Muyuan Li
mli@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate

Xiong Fangyu
fxiong@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate

Tianyi Yang
tyang@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate

Tiancheng Liu
tliu@haverford.edu
elementary/intermediate