Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
First-level Discipline: Chinese Language and Literature
This major has the right to confer master degree and doctoral degree.
A. Training Objectives and the Period of Schooling
1.Master of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
This major aims to cultivate specialized talents with potential to study further and deeper or with practical skills to work. Students in this major should have basic knowledge of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and professional understanding of Chinese. They should possess strong Chinese teaching and research ability and master a specific foreign language as well as be proficient in using computer. After graduation, they should be able to work on Chinese teaching and applied linguistics research in all levels and all types of schools and research institutes and be qualified to work in the government or corporations on Chinese or Chinese culture-related affairs as well. It implements a flexible educational system with a 2-year to 3-year schooling. Students can get their master degrees within 2 years or 2 and a half years once they get all the academic credits, finish the dissertation and pass the final dissertation defense as required.
2.Master of Chinese Information Processing
3.Master of Chinese Language Philology
4.PhD in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
This major is aimed at training highly professional talents who possess deep theories of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and solid knowledge of Chinese, and who are insightful in the research of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Graduates in this major should be able to work on Chinese teaching and the teaching and research of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in all levels of schools and specialized research institutes. It generally has a 3-year schooling for doctors, of whom targeted-area doctors and enterprise commissioned doctors in Beijing can have a longer period of 4 years. For MD-PhD students and PhD students who skip the master period, the schooling period lasts for 5 years.
5. PhD in Chinese Information Processing
B. Academic Credit Requirements
Total academic credits required：35 credits for Chinese students, including students from Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan, and no less than 32 credits for foreign students. The credits are structured as follows:
The least credits required
|Public compulsory courses||
Students from the Chinese mainland: 2 courses of politics and 1 course of foreign language
Students from Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan：foreign language courses of are compulsory and those of politics are not required
Foreign students: courses of China’s general situation are compulsory and those of foreign language and politics are not required
|Basic courses of the degree||No less than 3 courses||
|Professional courses of the degree||No less than 3 courses||
|Optional courses||Optional courses of the major and public optional courses||
9（of which optional courses of the major should be no less than 6 credits）
|Compulsory links||Practical activities||
Total academic credits required：no less than 12 credits for students from the Chinese mainland, no less than 13 credits for students from Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan, and no less than 11 credits for foreign students. The credits are structured as follows：
|Types||The least credits required||Remarks|
|Public compulsory courses||Students from the Chinese mainland：6 credits（2 credits for politics and 4 credits for foreign language）|
|Students from Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan：4 credits（foreign language courses are compulsory and those of politics are not required）|
|Foreign students：2 credits（courses of China’s general situation are compulsory and those of foreign language and politics are not required）||Students who have attended this type of courses during the master period can take courses of the major of 2 credits instead.|
|Courses of the major||Students from the Chinese mainland：6 credits|
|Students from Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan：9 credits|
|Foreign students：9 credits||Students can apply for taking courses for the master and get the credits.|
C. Curriculum Setting
1. Courses for Masters
|The opening semester||Types||Names||Credits||Teachers||Remarks|
|1||Public compulsory courses||The Theory and Practice of the Socialism with Chinese Characteristics||2||Arranged by the Postgraduate School||China’s General Situation is compulsory for foreign students, 2 credits|
|Basic courses of the degree||
Study of Chinese Grammar
|3||Ding Chongming, Li Shenyu|
|Chinese Character and Vocabulary||3||Chen Fu, Chen Yin, Fu Xuefeng|
|Chinese Culture Profile||3||Wang Xuesong et al|
|Chinese Phonetics||3||Shen Dongyue, Wang Jianxi|
|2||Basic courses of the degree||Research Methods of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics||3||Feng Liping|
|Professional courses of the degree||Modern Linguistics||3||Ke Hang|
|Applied Linguistics||3||Huang Xiaoqin, Bu Yanxin, Zhu Zhiping|
|Chinese Pedagogy||3||Jia Fang, Sheng Shuangxia, Lu Huayan, Li Yanchun, Li Na|
|Cross-cultural Communication Theory and Strategy Research||3||Zhang Chunyan|
|Professional optional courses||Oral English||2||Foreign teachers|
|Traditional Chinese Talents and Skills Teaching||2||Ma Shihua et al|
|Sino-foreign Cultural Comparison（Bilingual）||2||Zhang Chunyan||Joined by professional masters|
|Chinese Culture||2||Li Weidong||Joined by professional masters|
|Modern Educational Technology Application||1||Hu Xiumei, Zhang Hui, Yang Qaun||Joined by professional masters, and limited to 50 people|
|International Chinese Education Profile||1||Zhu Ruiping||Joined by professional students|
Special Topics on
Frontier Theories of the Discipline
|3||Professional optional courses||Chinese Grammar Research||1||Ding Chongming|
The Frontiers of
Research and Teaching
Chinese as a Second
|Language Teaching Skills Training||1||Lu Huayan|
|Modern Chinese Vocabulary Research||1||Liu Lanmin, Wu Fangmin|
|Second Language Learning||1||Team teaching|
2.Courses for Doctors
|Types||Chinese names||English names||Teachers||Credits||Class hours||The opening semester|
|Public courses||政治||Arranged by the Postgraduate School||2||1|
Research and Reading
of Special Topics on
Frontier Theories of the
|Zhu Ruiping et al||3||54||1|
Understanding Modern Linguistic
Study of Chinese
on Applied Linguistics
The Frontiers of
Research and Teaching
Chinese as a Second
|文献语言学||Literature Linguistics||Chen Fu||3||54||2|
Lexical Semantics in the
View of Teaching
Chinese as a Second
|汉语语法学（限留学生选）||Chinese Grammar(Limited to international students)||Ding Chongming, Li Shenyu||3||54||1
(Only for academic masters)
D. Training Modes and Evaluation Methods
1．Requirements for Master Training and Mid-term Assessment
The master students should attend classes of the major, study the literature of specific directions of research under the guidance of the supervisor, write master theses and participate in practical activities. The courses are arranged in the first 3 semesters and the mid-term assessment should be finished by the end of the 4th semester. Students are allowed to write theses only after they pass the mid-term assessment and the thesis writing should take no less than 1 year.
Students who are not majoring in Chinese Language and Culture or Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in their bachelor periods should take courses related to Modern Chinese and Ancient Chinese, from which they will not get academic credits.
2．Requirements for Doctor Training and Assessment
The doctor students should attend classes of the major, study the literature of specific directions of research under the guide of the supervisor, engage in scientific research and write doctoral theses. They are expected to proficiently use retrieval tools for both Chinese and foreign research findings and related materials and keep updated to the newest development of the discipline, especially the academic frontiers. They should be able to find subjects for further study independently and accomplish the research tasks appointed by the supervisor. In addition, doctor students in this major should possess the quality to carry out regulated and deep study on the issues of linguistics and language teaching, with a high proficiency in academic norms and application of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics theories.
E. Dissertation and Final Defense
The dissertation is an important indicator of the research and innovative abilities of the students. The subject of the dissertation should have both academic and practical values. For students majoring in International Chinese Education, practicability and applicability of the dissertation should be high emphasized.
Dissertations focused on transforming theories into practice can be diverse in the forms and contents and the research can be both theoretical and applied. Students are encouraged to propose feasible solutions to the problems in real teaching through investigation and study.
The dissertation should be completed independently by the student under the guidance of the supervisor. It should put forward new ideas and use creative methods on the basis of the domestic and overseas research status of the selected subject. The dissertation should meet the requirement of the academic norms and the materials presented should be detailed and reliable. It generally includes Abstract (both in Chinese and English), Introduction, Literature Review, Body, Conclusion, References and Appendices when needed. It generally totals no more than 30,000 words and should be qualified to be published on the academic journalists with concept accuracy and language fluency, as well as scientific reasoning and reliable data.
2. Doctoral Dissertation
The doctoral dissertation should reflect the doctor’s ability to independently work on discipline-related creative research and practical applied work. Doctor students should make clear the research direction through close communication with the supervisor, and then collet data, carry out investigation and further determine the research subject. The thesis proposal should be submitted at the end of the 3rd semester. The selected subject should be valuable both theoretically and practically and the final dissertation should put forward innovative results in the specific academic filed.
The dissertation proposal should include a detailed plan of research and writing. The report meeting should be opened only after the dissertation proposal is well-prepared and it should invite experts in related academic fields both in the College and from other universities.
The doctoral dissertation should be finished independently and take no less than 1 year and a half. It generally totals over 80,000 words and is required to propose significant academic findings and fill an academic vacuum. It will be sent for blind review and the dissertation defense will be strictly organized and supervised.