Prerequisite Formal application to the FALCON Program is required as well as CHIN 2260, CHIN 2202 at Cornell, or placement by the FALCON staff before the beginning of the spring semester (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 Once FALCON students have finished the summer and fall terms at Cornell, they have the language skills needed to benefit fully from a Chinese linguistic and cultural environment. FALCON’s full-year students spend their last semester in Beijing, where they continue to improve their skills and put them to effective use in daily life. In Beijing, students continue to attend four small-group classes with FALCON-trained Chinese language teachers; these classes include comprehensive training to develop reading, writing, and speaking proficiency, as well as a course in newspaper reading and translation, and a course in advanced listening skills. In addition, FALCON provides a variety of activities outside the classroom, including field trips and guest lectures. Spring FALCON is scheduled to be held at the School of International Studies at Peking University, China’s foremost institution of higher learning. Students receive 16 credits, a full course load, from Cornell University for completing spring semester FALCON.
Course Audience Admission is open to all qualified students wishing to pursue intensive language study for the full academic year. Students from other institutions and professionals are also encouraged to apply.
CHINESE 1160: Introductory Intensive Mandarin Chinese 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 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.
CHINESE 2260: Intermediate Intensive Mandarine Chinese This course is the second semester of FALCON's Mandarin Chinese program and works on spoken and written Chinese from an intermediate to an advanced 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.
Language Requirement 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.
Please note undergraduate students must pay College of Arts and Sciences tuition rates while graduate students are required to pay profession school tuition rates (http://www.bursar.cornell.edu/Tuition_and_Expenses2.cfm).