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World Language Education Chinese (BA)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses

Note: Language courses begin at the Advanced level for the major. A placement test in the language is required to determine skill level and appropriate level to begin the language. Beginning and Intermediate language courses are in addition to the content area requirements but can fulfill open elective requirements.

Advanced Language Core: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
Course Title Quarter Hours
CHN 201ADVANCED CHINESE I4
CHN 202ADVANCED CHINESE II4
CHN 203ADVANCED CHINESE III4
CHN Advanced Chinese Conversation course 1 4
CHN Advanced Chinese Conversation course 24
CHN Advanced Chinese Conversation course 34
Chinese Studies: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
Select six from the following:24
HAA 115
INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN ART
HAA 220
BUDDHIST ART
HAA 215
CHINESE ART
GEO 215
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL INEQUALITY
HST 232
CULTURE AND POLITICS IN IMPERIAL CHINA
HST 233
THE RISE OF MODERN CHINA
HST 161
EAST ASIA TO C. 1200
HST 162
EAST ASIA c. 1200 TO 1800
HST 322
TOPICS IN ASIAN HISTORY
PHL 287
INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHIES
PHL 388
TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
PSC 253
ASIAN POLITICS
PSC 344
WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY
PSC 349
ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
REL 241
RELIGION IN CHINESE HISTORY, SOCIETY AND CULTURE
REL 246
TRADITIONS OF CHINESE POPULAR CULTURE
REL 248
LITERATURE AND RELIGION IN CHINA
REL 341
TAOISM: CHINA'S INDIGENOUS HIGH RELIGION
REL 343
MORAL PHILOSOPHY, POLITICAL POWER, & RELIGION IN PRE-MODERN CHINA
Teaching Culture Core: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
WLE 370SECOND & WORLD LANGUAGE LITERACIES AND CULTURES4

Education Courses: 40 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SCU 337HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
BBE 307EQUITY ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNERS4
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
WLE 326THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE4
WLE 349STANDARD AND CONTENT-BASED METHODS OF TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGES K-124
WLE 360SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION K-124
WLE 375WLE HISTORY, POLICY, AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT4
SCU 338THE PROCESS AND EVALUATION OF LEARNING4
or SCU 339 PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF YOUTH AND MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test

Pursuing certification in the teaching of a world language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) requires the oral proficiency test – an Interview – before you begin student teaching. You must earn a rating of "intermediate high" or better on the test.

Open Electives: 8 quarter hours are required

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. The following cannot be used to fulfill an open elective: WRD 98, MAT 94, and MAT 95. EE 281 recommended as open elective course. Electives must be approved by the WLE Program director.

​Student Teaching: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take WLE 384 with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section). 

Course Title Quarter Hours
WLE 385STUDENT TEACHING IN WORLD LANGUAGES12
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests 

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. World Language Education Chinese majors must complete the following tests: 

  • Chinese Content Area Test (test #126) – assesses knowledge of the Chinese language and culture. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). 
  • OPI Test (see above).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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