CHIN Course Enrollment Process
who have never taken a CHIN course
already enrolled in a CHIN course
All students who have never taken a
CHIN (Chinese Language) course at
participate in a short informal placement interview in order
to receive authorization to enroll in a CHIN course. Placement
Interviews are applicable to students who have AP Chinese and/or SAT II
Chinese exam scores as well as those who have no Chinese
Once a placement test and authorization has been completed,
students are responsible for enrolling themselves in the appropriate
CHIN course on Tritonlink Webreg
. An authorization is not an enrollment
nor does a placement interview guarantee approval or enrollment in a
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Students who have had prior
authorization for a CHIN course, DO NOT
need to be authorized for the next course in the sequence, unless UD courses are taken out of order. Students currently
enrolled in a CHIN course may register on Tritonlink
for the next
appropriate class. For example, a student previously authorized for
10BN and has completed the course with a passing grade may enroll using
TritonLink in CHIN 10CN without being re-authorized.
Instructions for CHIN 165, 182 and 186
- Keep in mind that the ADD COURSE deadline during regular quarters
(Fall, Winter, Spring) is Friday of Week 2. Plan ahead
- It is very unlikely that students may
join a course after the Week 2 add deadline. By this point in the
quarter, enough absences will have accumulated to affect the student's
final course grade adversely. Under extreme special
circumstances, a student may join the course past the add deadline only
at the discretion of the lecturer. The Chinese Studies Program cannot override the lecturer decisions.
- Students are not permitted to take more than one CHIN LANGUAGE
course per quarter.
- Students who wish to take CHIN 165 A-B-C (Business
consult Dr. Jane Kuo
for the placement
- Students who wish to take CHIN 182 A-B-C
(Intermediate Classical Chinese) are encouraged to consult Chen Laoshi for the placement
- Students who wish to take CHIN 186 A-B-C (Readings
in Chinese Economics, Politics, & Trade) are encouraged to consult Cha Laoshi
for the placement interview.
sequence is not offered for the 2012-2013 academic school year.
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Placement Interview Information
The Placement Interview is a short and informal process
that helps a CHIN language lecturer determine the appropriate course
for a student that wishes to enroll in CHIN and learn Mandarin.
Click for information why this interview is
READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN A PLACEMENT INTERVIEW
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- Prior to your placement interview, pick up (outside of HSS 3084) a Student Information Sheet (also known as SIS)
OR click to download and print the SIS form here
- All sections of the form MUST be filled out as accurately as
possible unless stated on the form as "Optional".
Make sure to write your UCSD
PID # (i.e. A01234567) and email address on the form clearly.
- DO NOT write
anything on the line or box titled: "Office
Use Only" and/or "Section ID#"
- Visit the lecturer during his or her office hours and notify him or
her that you wish to be interviewed for placement.
necessary, wait outside the office until the lecturer calls you in for
an interview. Keep the SIS form with you when you
meet the lecturer, note the following:
- Placement Interviews are on a first-come, first-serve basis,
you may have to wait if the lecturer is busy.
- There may be circumstances that will cause a lecturer to
cancel office hours. if such is this case, you may need to see another
lecturer or return at another time.
- When called for the interview, surrender your completed SIS form to
and proceed with the interview.
- Depending on your ability, you may need to wait another
quarter to begin taking a CHIN course.
- Attending an interview does not guarantee enrollment in a CHIN course.
the placement interview, the lecturer will note on the
SIS which course is the most appropriate for you and return it to
you. You will then be instructed to return to HSS 3084. If HSS
not open, slip the SIS form under the door and you will be emailed
instructions on how to enroll.
- A staff member will review your SIS, explain the interview results and authorize you for the appropriate
- Once you have been authorized, it
is your responsibility to enroll yourself on TritonLink Webreg. Leave the completed SIS with the staff member.
Language Faculty Office Hours
Spring 2013 Office Hours
** There may be
circumstances that will cause office hours to be cancelled.
It is the student's responsibility to verify office hours with the lecturer.
Above office hours are valid until the end of Week 10.
Offices are in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at John Muir College (map
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Proficiency Examinations are for students that have the
Chinese language capacity to prove reading, writing and Mandarin
speaking proficiency. Some students may be able to "test out" of a
language requirement for their major or college.
Information about taking a Proficiency Examination can be found on this
Department of Linguistics webpage: http://ling.ucsd.edu/language/proficiency-exam.html
Read the information on that website carefully and determine the level
you are trying to show competency for. Visit your college or
major's website to learn more regarding language requirements: http://chinesestudies.ucsd.edu/faq.html
In other words does your college want the completion of language by
Do they want you to be able to read, write, understand and speak
Mandarin Chinese? Researching this is the student's responsibility as
well as telling the tester the level of competency being examined for.
To take an proficiency exam, you will make an appointment with one
of the instructors listed below.
Testing occurs during Week 3 thru 10 of each quarter due to the
schedules and duties of the instructors who have agreed to offered
Proficiency Examination. Please bring your UCSD Student ID card so the
instructor can verify your identity when you take a Proficiency
Prior to your appointment you will need to print 2 copies of the
following form and bring it with you when you meet with a instructor: http://ling.ucsd.edu/docs/llp/Exam_Form.pdf
Once you have completed the appointment you must take the form to the
Department of Linguistics on the 3rd floor of AP&M to receive credit for the proficiency exam.
Please make appointment for a Proficiency Exam with one of the
instructors listed below:
your email "Proficiency Exam - Your Full Name" when contacting
the instructor. Make sure to include the following information in your
message: full name, PID #, College, Major, Phone number and Reason why
you are taking
a proficiency examination.
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Purpose of Placement Interviews
Placement interviews are used to determine two things, which level a
should begin taking a Mandarin Chinese (CHIN) course and track. Instructors will assess a
student's background and document specific courses and levels for each
individual student. After the interview, a staff member will then be able to
authorize a student based on the instructor's evaluation of the
student's ability. Students interested in
taking Chinese must read the "Placement Interview Information"
above. The instructions will help to clarify the placement
for enrolling in a CHIN course.
The placement interview is usually a short and informal conversation
prior to taking a CHIN course. It's mainly a verbal assessment but sometimes may include a
written or reading review. The results need to be provided to the
Program Coordinator before a student
will be authorized to enroll in a CHIN course.
Please note that enrollment in a CHIN courses is not guaranteed.
Instructors may return to campus early to offer placement interviews
before the fall quarter begins. During the quarter placement interviews
may be offered during Week 1 through Week 10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Thursdays during regular office hours of the Chinese language
instructors. Placement Interviews are suspended during finals week &
in between quarters.
During the summer and prior to the fall quarter, instructors offer a
few days of placement interviews as a courtesy.
The Chinese Studies Program Office is located in Humanities &
Social Sciences Building, room 3084 at Muir College (map
). Interviews actually
takes place in the instructor's office as mentioned in the chart above.
EXPLANATION OF TRACKS:
Students are categorized into 3 different tracks:
– Is for
students with no previous knowledge of Mandarin
Chinese. Non-native speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are
followed by the letter N
– Is for students with previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
These heritage speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are
followed by the letter M
– Is for students with previous knowledge of a dialect of
Chinese other than Mandarin. These heritage speakers will be approved
for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter D
CHIN courses at UCSD are offered to students that have the potential to
learn Mandarin Chinese. For those interested in learning Cantonese you
may wish to visit the Linguistics Department (APM 3rd floor) for
independent study (LIGN 19) or you may wish to study abroad. Only
Mandarin Chinese may be used towards earning a major or minor with the
Chinese Studies Program.
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