Chinese Language Teaching: 
Means and Standards

I. Overview of Curriculum

The Chinese Language Program is an important component of the China Studies Program at SUNY-Stony Brook. It offers Mandarin Chinese language courses at three different levels -- elementary, intermediate and advanced. The program provides training in all areas of language including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Taking into consideration the diverse linguistic backgrounds of its students, the program offers two different tracks at the elementary level -- Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) for true beginners (CHI 111, 112) and Chinese as a Heritage Language (CHL) (CHI 210) for those who have had exposure to spoken Chinese and who may have had limited experience in reading and writing. At the intermediate level, students of different backgrounds are mixed in the same classrooms (CHI 211, 212). At the advanced level, the program offers two sets of courses. One (CHI 311, 312) is designed for students who have attained intermediate level proficiency; it introduces journalistic readings and classical/literary Chinese. The other set (CHI 321, 322) is designed for students with truly advanced proficiency level (which they may have acquired through learning in a native-Chinese-speaking environment); it provides opportunities for reading in original Chinese literature.