The Duke Chinese language program teaches Mandarin Chinese, which is the most commonly spoken language in the world and an official language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The program aims to provide students with an education that facilitates a well-rounded development of communicative competency (listening, speaking, reading and writing), academic proficiency and cultural awareness in Chinese. . Students can expect to receive a high quality of instruction in Chinese language and culture with a holistic curriculum that is integrated into theDuke Study in China (DSIC)
from the Chinese Program at Duke. A major and minor with concentration in Chinese are also available in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
The language curriculum is divided into two tracks: Regular track and alternative track. The regular track is designed for students who were raised in homes where a non-Chinese language is spoken and who study Chinese as a foreign language. The fundamental courses for this track include Elementary Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, Advanced Chinese, and Chinese Language and Society. The alternative track is designed for students whose family members spoke the Chinese language with them while they grew up, but they were raised in a non-Chinese speaking country. The student’s oral and aural Chinese proficiency could be close to that of native Chinese speakers, but reading and writing skills are variable. The language courses for the alternative track include Literacy in Chinese, Intensive Literacy in Chinese, Readings in Modern Chinese, Topics in Chinese, and Contemporary Chinese Culture. Note that Classical Chinese in Modern Context is available to students from both curriculum tracks. Content-oriented instruction incorporating learning materials adopted from original resources, such as literature, news broadcasting, critiques, historical texts, is prevalent in all upper level Chinese courses.