Chinese Language Flagship Program

60 Upper College Road Swan Hall 178, Kingston, RI 02881

uriflagship@gmail.com – 401.874.5566

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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.

Curriculum Map

In the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program, we have a flexible curriculum that can accommodate any Chinese proficiency level, whether you’re a heritage speaker, a long-time student of Chinese, or a student with little or no background in Mandarin. For students with background in Chinese, there will be an interview in Mandarin during the application process for class placement purposes.  Below is a general outline of what new students can expect their Flagship curriculum to look like based on their background in Mandarin Chinese.

Option 1: For new students with little or no Chinese language background.

Application for Flagship due after admission to URI.
Year 1
  • Fall: CHN 111H
  • Spring: CHN 112H
  • Summer: URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program (8 weeks, credit for CHN 113H and CHN 114H)
Year 2
  • Fall: CHN 215H
  • Spring: CHN 216H
  •  Summer: Flagship approved program in China or Taiwan
Year 3
  • Fall: CHN 315H, apply for Capstone year
  •  Spring: CHN 316H
  •  Summer: Domestic internship (recommended)
Year 4 or 5
  •  Capstone Year in China
  • Finish all major/minor requirements

 

Option 2: For students currently enrolled in CHN 101 or equivalent

Application due by November 1.
Year 1
  • Spring: Winter Immersion Program in January (mandatory), CHN 112H in Spring
  • Summer 1: URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program (8 weeks, credit for CHN 113H and CHN 114H)
  • Summer: URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program (8 weeks, credit for CHN 113H and CHN 114H)

 

Year 2
  • Fall: CHN 215H
  • Spring: CHN 216H
  • Summer: Flagship-approved summer program in China or Taiwan

 

Year 3
  • Fall: CHN 315H, apply for Capstone year
  • Spring: 316H
  • Summer 3: Domestic internship recommended

 

Year 4 or 5
  • Capstone Year in China at Nanjing University or Beijing Union University
  •  Finish all major/minor requirements

Option 3: For students with high school Chinese study or the equivalent of CHN 101 and 102

Application due by November 1.
Year 1
  •  Fall: CHN 103 or CHN 104 (depending on level)
  •  Spring: Winter Immersion Program in January (recommend, not mandatory), CHN 112H
  • Summer: URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program (8 weeks, credit for CHN 113H and CHN 114H)
Year 2
  • Fall: CHN 215H
  • Spring: CHN 216H
  • Summer: Flagship-approved summer program in China or Taiwan

 

Year 3
  • Fall: CHN 315H, apply for Capstone year
  • Spring: 316H
  • Summer 3: Domestic internship recommended

 

Year 4 or 5
  • Capstone Year in China at Nanjing University or Beijing Union University
  • Finish all major/minor requirements

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.

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