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Mandarin Chinese to be offered at UNI

August 10, 2012

Julie Husband, head, Department of Languages and Literatures, 319-273-2821,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will offer two opportunities for learning Chinese this fall.  Both will offer the study of beginning Mandarin Chinese language and culture.

An introduction to Chinese language and culture will be offered in one 3-credit hour course on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  This course will focus on conversational Chinese in today’s global culture including travel, business and cultural exchanges.

A second, more extensive option consists of two co-requisite courses (6 credit hours) on Mondays through Fridays at 2 p.m.  These two courses will focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using both traditional Chinese characters and an alphabet system.  These two co-requisite courses will prepare students for second-level courses in Chinese to be offered in spring 2013.  Satisfactory completion of second-level coursework in Chinese will fulfill UNI’s B.A. foreign language requirement.

These courses are offered through a partnership between UNI and the Taiwanese Education Ministry.  The instructor, Chang-li Huang, is a visiting faculty member from the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at the National Taiwan Normal University.

UNI classes begin Monday, Aug. 20, though late registrants will be accepted through Tuesday, Aug. 28.  For more information and to register, contact the Department of Languages and Literatures at 319-273-2821.