Chinese

Chinese Course Enrolment Instructions 2016-2017

For your own registration process, please see the instructions specific to your student category. The below procedures are subject to change. In many cases, you are asked to fill in an online Google form. If you cannot access the Google Form, please see below for PDF forms and submission instructions. The EAS Office will confirm receipt of your Google Form/PDF form within 48 hours of submission. 

Thank you for your interest in taking Chinese courses. If you wish to enrol in a modern Chinese language course, you must first attend a placement interview, unless you have no prior background at all in the language. If you are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of your cultural or family background, even if you do not yourself speak Chinese, you must attend an interview in order to register. During a student’s placement interview, we assess the student’s speaking, listening and reading abilities, and try to place the student in an appropriate language course.

There are two streams within the Chinese language program. Students who have no familiarity with Chinese will generally take: EAS100Y1, EAS200Y1, EAS300Y1, EAS401H1 or EAS402H1. Students who are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their cultural or family background will generally take: EAS101Y1, EAS201H1 and/or EAS300Y1, EAS401H1 or EAS402H1. Some students who have background in the language (e.g. attended elementary school in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan) will begin at a higher level and many students will be deemed to be overqualified for any Chinese language course.

INCOMING STUDENTS (any student beginning at U of T)

Incoming students with no background and who were not exposed Mandarin or another Chinese dialect because of their family background:
Please enroll, or add yourself onto the waitlist for, EAS100Y1 and a tutorial section via ACORN as soon as your start time begins. After you have enrolled in the course or added yourself to the waitlist on ACORN (waitlist opens in August – date TBA), you must submit a mandatory online EAS100Y Screening Form by August 31, 2016 or you will be removed from the course. The form will be available here in July – date TBA. In the first two weeks of classes in September, some students will be interviewed. Any overqualified student will be removed from the course.

Incoming students with background (informal or formal study of Chinese) and students who are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their cultural or family background:
Students with any background at all who might qualify for EAS101Y1 or an upper-year course must attend a Chinese placement interview in September. Preregistration for the interview is required. Please see below for details. If you are placed in a course (EAS101Y1 or an upper-year course), the department will attempt to enrol  you in the appropriate course after the interview, space permitting, or add you to the departmental waiting list.

RETURNING STUDENTS

Returning students who have not taken a Chinese language course offered by the EAS department before: Returning students who wish to enrol in a Chinese language course in 2016-2017 should attend the mandatory April interview, except for students who have no background at all and who wish to take EAS100Y1. If you wish to enrol in the course in which you were placed, you must submit a Chinese Enrolment Form on July 15 or as soon as possible afterwards. Students wishing to take EAS100Y1 should follow the registration instructions above, for incoming students.

Returning students who have the minimum grade in the prerequisite or received a placement at the April interviews:
For students with the minimum grade in the prerequisite, no interview is required.
EAS Majors and Specialists should enroll in the course or join the waitlist on ACORN.
Non-EAS Majors/Specialists should enroll through the department by submitting a Chinese Enrolment Form on July 15 or as soon as possible afterwards.

The Chinese Enrolment Form will be available on July 15 and is due in August 2016 (date TBA). Submit your form as soon as possible since enrolments will be processed according to the date/time the form is submitted. You will be added to the course on ACORN or the departmental waitlist by the department in August (dates TBA). Please note that if you are placed in EAS101Y1, you will be added to the course in early September, if space permits. If the department is enrolling you in a course, please ensure that there is a space available in your course load for the course. Failure to do so will jeopardize your placement in the course.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate students from within and outside the department who need knowledge of Chinese for their research may take a Chinese course with the approval of EAS. Auditing is not an option. To be enrolled, you will need to provide a statement explaining how learning Chinese is relevant to your research as well as an endorsement from your advisor (please use the below form). Please register for the September Placement Interview and bring along this form: Language Course Enrolment Request Form for Graduate Students

INTERVIEW DETAILS

April Interview Details
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 2:30 – 5 pm in RL14213 
To register for an interview, you must submit the Chinese April Interview Form online before March 25, 2016. The department will post your interview time on this webpage two days before the interview. Alternative interview times are not available. The placements will be posted on this webpage a few days after the interview.
If further assessment of your language ability is required after the interview, the Language Coordinator will require that you write the Placement Test the next week.

September 2016 Interview 
Thursday, September 6, 2016, 11 am – 5 pm in RL14213 
To register for an interview, you must submit the Chinese September Interview Form  online before August 25, 2016. The form will be available on July 15, 2016. Submit the form as soon as possible; enrolments will be processed based on time of receipt of the online form. Interviews are in the week before classes begin so please plan your arrival accordingly. The department will post your interview time on this webpage two days before the interview. Alternative interview times are not available.
If further assessment of your language ability is required after the interview, the Language Coordinator will require that you write the Placement Test.

CHINESE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TESTS
EAS Majors/Specialists may elect to take the placement test in order to fulfill the language requirement. Please note that students may only take the placement test twice. To register for the placement test, please fill in the Chinese Placement Test Form at least two weeks in advance of the test. The placement tests will take place on:
Friday, April 8 from 1 – 2:30 pm in RL14353
Friday, September 9, 2016 from 1 – 2:30 pm in RL14353
If you passed the placement test, please see your record in Degree Explorer. Your language requirement should now be waived with a note that you passed the placement exam. If you have any questions about this, please contact natasja.vanderberg@utoronto.ca .

PDF Forms
If you are unable to access the online forms (for instance, you are in China and the site is blocked), please fill in the appropriate PDF form and scan or take photos of your form and email it to the EAS Program Administrator, Natasja VanderBerg (natasja.vanderberg@utoronto.ca). Your submission will be dated and time stamped according to the time your email is sent.
Chinese Enrolment Form
Chinese September Interview Form
Chinese Placement Test Form

CHINESE LANGUAGE COORDINATOR
Name: Professor Hsiao-wei Rupprecht
Office: RL 14213
Email Address: hsiaowei.rupprecht@utoronto.ca