The Chinese Flagship Program is a proficiency-based language learning program. This means that your advancement in the program is not only based on credits, but also on your performance on regular proficiency assessments in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
The program’s goal is to help get you to a professional level of proficiency (Superior) on the ACTFL scale (ILR 3), which is the national standard for measuring language skill level. You may begin the program at any level (see table below). If you have studied Chinese previously or are a heritage speaker of Chinese, your proficiency will be assessed in order to place you into the appropriate course upon admission to the program.
The Chinese Flagship Program offers resources to help achieve a Superior level of proficiency. Flagship Chinese courses meet 5 days per week (rather than the typical URI 3-day/week schedule), and all Flagship students are matched with a native Chinese tutor from a similar academic discipline to help them acquire the discourse appropriate for their field of study.
|Courses||Language Proficiency Goal|
||ACTFL Intermediate Mid/ILR 1 by end of summer|
||ACTFL Advanced Low/ILR 2 by end of summer|
||ACTFL Advanced Mid/ILR 2 by end of academic year|
|Year 4||Capstone Year in China (see description below)(May be swapped with Year 5)||ACTFL Superior/ILR 3 by end of Capstone Year|
||ACTFL Superior/ILR 3|
Summer Immersion Opportunities
Chinese Flagship students spend two to three summers studying the language intensively either domestically or in China. Students who begin studying Chinese as freshmen at URI, spend their first summer at the URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program or the Flagship Chinese Institute at Indiana University with Flagship students from around the country. Students with Intermediate Mid proficiency or higher choose from a number of Flagship-approved immersion programs in China or Taiwan.
Capstone Year in China
Once you have achieved Advanced Proficiency in Chinese, and have completed at least Junior level coursework in your major, you will apply for the Capstone Year in China. This will be in your 4th or 5th year. In the first semester of the Capstone Year, you will directly enroll at Nanjing University or Beijing Union University, taking courses in your major in Chinese alongside Chinese students, as well as advanced Chinese language courses focused on writing and media studies with other Flagship students. You will share an apartment off campus with a Chinese roommate and connect with the community through service learning projects. Following that semester, you will complete a 4-6 month internship in a Chinese organization specific to your discipline and career goals.