Chinese

Chinese Course Enrolment Instructions 2020-2021

For your 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. 

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

Incoming students with no background and who were not exposed to Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their cultural or 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, you must submit a mandatory online EAS100Y1 Screening Form by late August 21, 2020 or you will be removed from the course. Students must also attend a mandatory interview that will take place during the first week of classes. Attendance at the first lecture and tutorials in the first week is mandatory. Students who do not attend, along with students who are deemed overqualified, will be removed from the course. **Please note that if you are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of your cultural or family background, you are not eligible take EAS100Y1Y and must instead register for EAS101Y1.

Incoming students who are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their cultural or family background who wish to take EAS101Y1Y:
Please enroll, or add yourself onto the waitlist for, EAS101Y1 and a tutorial section via ACORN as soon as registration opens for you. After you have enrolled in the course or added yourself to the waitlist on ACORN, you must submit a mandatory online EAS101Y Screening Form by August 21, 2020 or you will be removed from the course. Students must also attend a mandatory interview that will take place during the first week of classes. Attendance at the first lecture and tutorials in the first week is mandatory. Students who do not attend, along with students who are deemed overqualified, 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:
Students with any background must attend a Chinese placement interview in September. See interview details below. If you are placed in 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 waiting list.

RETURNING STUDENTS (this includes everyone who has taken courses at U of T prior to September 2020, including those who will still be in Year of Study 1)

Returning students with no background:
EAS100Y1 is a P* course with priorities for first-year students and EAS students. First-year students and returning EAS students will be able to register during the priority enrolment period. Course enrolment will open to other students (A&S students and students from other campuses/faculties) in early August (a couple days later for UTM and UTSC students). After you have enrolled in the course or added yourself to the waitlist on ACORN, you must submit a mandatory online EAS100Y1 Screening Form by August 21, 2020 or you will be removed from the course. Students must also attend a mandatory interview that will take place during the first week of classes. Attendance at the first lecture and tutorials in the first week is mandatory. Students who do not attend, along with students who are deemed overqualified, will be removed from the course. **Please note that if you are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of your cultural or family background, you are not eligible take EAS100Y1Y and must instead register for EAS101Y1.

Returning students who are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their cultural or family background:
EAS101Y1 is a P* course with priorities for first-year students and EAS students. First-year students and returning EAS students will be able to register during the priority enrolment period. Course enrolment will open to other students (A&S students and students from other campuses/faculties) in early August (a couple days later for UTM and UTSC students).  After you have enrolled in the course or added yourself to the waitlist on ACORN, you must submit a mandatory online EAS101Y Screening Form by August 21, 2020 or you will be removed from the course. Students must also attend a mandatory interview that will take place during the first week of classes. Attendance at the first lecture and tutorials in the first week is mandatory. Students who do not attend, along with students who are deemed overqualified, will be removed from the course.

Returning students who wish to take EAS200Y1Y, EAS300Y1Y, EAS401H1S or EAS402H1F: 
Returning students who wish to enrol in an upper-year Chinese course, must either achieve the minimum grade in the prerequisite or attend the April interviews and to receive a placement. See interview details below.
EAS Majors/Specialists: Please enroll or add yourself to the waitlist via ACORN as soon as you are able to. Please note that the priority period is for EAS Specialists and Majors only. Students may not enrol in an EAS program of study on ACORN solely for the purpose of enrolling in a language course. EAS students must have priority enrolment in order to fulfill their program requirements. The department will remove students who have not taken EAS’s core courses. Non-EAS students must request enrolment in upper-level language courses via the process outlined below.
Non-EAS Majors/Specialists must submit a request to be enrolled by submitting the Chinese Enrolment Form online (available in mid-July). Submit your form as soon as possible since enrolments are processed according to the date/time the form is received online.  You will be added to the course or the departmental waitlist for the course by the department in mid-August.

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.  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. You will be registered in a graduate course code. The course is graded as credit/non-credit (CR/NCR); 70% or above is required for a CR. Auditing is not an option.

INTERVIEW DETAILS

April 2020 Interview details
Thursday, April 2, 1 – 4 pm     Location: RL14213
To register for an interview, you must submit the Chinese Interview Form (will be available here at 9 am on February 5) online before March 20. Submit the form as soon as possible; enrolments will be processed based on time of receipt of the online form. 
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. The placements will be posted on this webpage after the interview.

September 2020 Interview details
Tuesday, September 8, 11 am – 5 pm     Location: RL14213
To register for an interview, you must submit the Chinese Interview Form (will be available here in mid-July – exact date will be posted in the early summer) online before August 21. 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.
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. The placements will be posted on this webpage after the interview.

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 3, 1-2 pm in RL14353 (the registration form will be available February 5)
Wednesday, September 9, 1-2 pm in RL14353 (the registration form will be available in mid-July)
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 eas.undergrad@utoronto.ca .

PDF Forms
If you are unable to access the online forms, please fill in the appropriate PDF form and scan or take photos of your form and email it to eas.undergrad@utoronto.ca. Your submission will be dated and time stamped according to the time your email is sent. Forms will be made available here according to the dates specified above.
EAS100Y1/EAS101Y1 Screening Form (PDF)
Chinese Interview Form (PDF)
Chinese Enrolment Form (PDF)
Chinese Placement Test Form (PDF)

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