Oracle Bone Script - Earliest Found Chinese Characters - Exhibits of National Museum of China (photo credit: Mintian Guo)

Chinese speakers comprise around 16% of the world's population totaling nearly 1.2 billion. The varieties of Chinese are usually described by native speakers as dialects of a single language being mutually intelligible, but linguists note that they are as diverse as a language family. Mandarin is the primary focus at IU.

The Chinese language program at the EALC Department aims at providing students of various backgrounds with articulated instruction and multiple resources (e.g., texts, films, courseware) so that learners at any one stage of their study will be able to maximize their linguistic potential and deepen their understanding of Chinese culture. Our learner-centered, proficiency-driven, and task-based teaching approach helps students acquire not only knowledge but also strategies (e.g., cognitive tools) that enable life-long learning of Chinese. We as a team practicing instructional excellence strive to break new ground and lead the field of Chinese language education in the twenty-first century.

Immersion Chinese Courses are available in Language Workshop 2023.

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Nanjing Colloquium


Introduction of Nanjing Colloquium (discontinued)

Once in a year (previously each semester), each student of Chinese Flagship Program who was preparing for the capstone year in Nanjing University, would address a themed talk about a specific issue related to their study, work or life to a panel of professors in Nanjing.  More than 50 students have presented their talks. These precious recorded videos have been a priceless legacy of the Chinese Flagship Program and Chinese Program at Indiana University Bloomington. 

Due to the burst of Covid-19 pandemic and US long-term strategic adjustment, Nanjing Colloquium was discontinued.

Credit: Videos are recorded, edited and uploaded by CeLT (Center for Language Technology

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Instructors and Students of Fall 2019 Nanjing Colloquium