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Designed to help students acquire a solid foundation in Chinese language, literature and culture, the Chinese curriculum provides students with the required intellectual tools they need to expand their knowledge and maximize their experience further in their lives.

Since the late 60s of the last century the Chinese section has developed into a both pedagogically and academically vital program at York, offering a variety of courses not only in language but also in literature, film, culture, and business. Its language courses range from first to the fourth year level, and literature courses from classic to contemporary. The summer language and culture courses in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing enrich students' transcultural and transnational experience through study abroad.

Studying Chinese can be highly rewarding: its civilization is one of the richest and oldest of the world; its language is spoken by over a billion people; and its economy is now the second largest in the world. Learning Chinese will widen students' horizon and prove an asset in the market place.

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The Tenth Annual York University Chinese Language Contest - March 17

Hosted by Chinese Section, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

Date:March 17, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm,
Location: Ross S562

Summer courses for 2015
AP/CH2030 6:0

Course Description: This 6-credit language course is being offered during the Summer 2015 session in a modified format, as one of the projects following York U/Fudan U exchange agreement. Students will attend classes both in Toronto and in Shanghai, and participate in field trips. While continuing to develop the four basic skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students will explore historical cities and towns in China through cultural excursions. Fudan University will supplement with cultural lessons, including the art of Chinese painting, local theatres, etc.

Format: Three weeks on York campus and four weeks at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Session Dates:

York University: May 5- 23
Fudan University: May 24- June 20
Excursions: Trips to Nanjing, Hangzhou, Wuzhen, old city of Shanghai.

AP/CH4000 SU 6:0

Course Description: This course serves as an introduction to Chinese classical language-- a bearer of Chinese traditional thoughts, philosophy, literature, arts, and culture in general. Selected readings are works by masters of ancient Chinese philosophy, and by historians, poets and essayists, which display a variety of styles of Classical Chinese. Students will be introduced to basic Classical Chinese grammar, syntax, and rhetoric expressions.

Sectional Dates: T&R 16:00-19:00
Excursion: A cultural excursion to the Royal Ontario Museum, examining traditional calligraphy and artifacts, assists students with experiential learning.

Luc Pokorn became one of the Five Continental Champions

Luc Pokorn became one of the Five Continental Champions - the American Continental Champion the first time that a Canadian university student won the title ever since the competition, China Bridge, started in 2002. Read more.