Prerequisite No prior experience in Chinese is advantageous but not necessary. Formal application to the FALCON Program is required (www.lrc.cornell.edu/falcon/apply). Applications and supporting documents should be received by March 1st. After this deadline, applications are considered provided space is available.
Course Objectives This course is the first semester of FALCON's Mandarin Chinese program and is only offered in the summer. This is a nine-week intensive, 8 credit course that meets Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, beginning from an absolutely introductory level introducing the spoken and written language. Lectures on linguistics and cultural matters, intensive practice with native speakers, and laboratory work prepare students for an intermediate level of study. This course involves work on all four skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Students who complete this course with a grade of B or higher are normally eligible to enroll in CHIN 2201, if they choose not to continue to Chinese 2260.
Course Audience Admission is open to all students, not just those planning to take the full year. Students from other institutions and professionals are also encouraged to apply. No prior experience in required for 1160.
CHINESE 2260: Intermediate Intensive Mandarin Chinese This course is the second semester of FALCON's Mandarin Chinese program and works on spoken and written Chinese from an introductory to an intermediate level allowing students to develop fluency, accuracy, and control that are not achieved in other academic settings. This is a full-time program with a full 16 credit academic load.
CHINESE 3360: Advanced Intensive Mandarin Chinese This course is the third semester of FALCON's Mandarin Chinese program and is a full-time program with a full 16 credit academic load. It works on spoken and written Chinese from an intermediate to an advanced level. While still taught by FALCON trained staff, it is scheduled to be held at the School of International Studies at Peking University in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Language Requirement No prior language exposure or experience is required for this course. Cornell students may choose to take all or part of FALCON as part of their degree programs. Students from other institutions should consult their advisers to determine if the credits are applicable to their degree program. This course sequence also serves to fulfill the language requirement for the M.A. in Asian Studies and the joint M.B.A./M.A. in Asian Studies.