ALLEX partners with Washington University in St. Louis to offer the nation’s premier intensive language program for students who are serious about Chinese and Japanese language proficiency. Both the Chinese and Japanese language classes are small, with only 8-12 students in each. As a language learner you will be joined by about 50 energetic instructors from China, Japan, and Taiwan who come to our Teacher Training Institute to hone their professional teaching skills under the guidance of master professors, who come from many of the country’s preeminent Asian language programs. This means there are generally two teachers for every language student in the program — a remarkable student-teacher ratio which means every student gets constant practice in performing the spoken language, which encourages rapid and effective development of proficiency.
The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study (i.e. homework!) per day. This course is designed to train you to speak and listen to Chinese or Japanese, and to introduce you to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course you will be expected to perform in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at a basic level of proficiency. You will not only learn to speak the language; you will also develop an understanding of Chinese or Japanese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach you not just to speak Chinese or Japanese, but to function successfully using the language—to present yourself as an intelligent person in Chinese or Japanese culture using the Chinese or Japanese language. You will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations. In each setting you will learn how to perform in the Chinese or Japanese language in a culturally appropriate way.
This course is appropriate for:
- Students with no Chinese or Japanese background. The course will assume that you have no exposure to Chinese or Japanese language.
- Students with one to two years of college or high school Chinese or Japanese in courses that focus on reading and writing. This course focuses on oral proficiency.
This course is NOT appropriate for:
- Heritage speakers. Students who speak Chinese or Japanese at home will find this course too easy.
- Note: Students who wish to enter a second year language class at their home university may be required by their university to take a placement test to evaluate their appropriate level. Although your spoken language will progress quickly in this course, there is a limit to how much material can be covered in 7 weeks.