The two-year UWW Chinese language program offers comprehensive training in Mandarin Chinese-putonghua (普通话, common speech, as it is called in mainland China) or guoyu (国语, national speech, as it is called in Taiwan). Mandarin Chinese is an official language in China, Singapore, and Taiwan. It is the official language recognized by the United Nations.
The program adopts the simplified Chinese characters in writing. To provide students with a well-rounded education, the program introduces students to the context (social, historical, and cultural) in which the language is shaped and used while aiming at the communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The courses include Elementary and Intermediate Chinese. For students attending UWW with previous experience of studying the Chinese language, independently designed language learning is an option, depending on each student's level of fluency. In this program, students develop their language skills and gain cross-cultural understanding of the values, attitudes, and beliefs through well-structured and interactive classroom instruction.
For more information and to learn about oppurtunities the program offers, explore the links under Program Resources.