Santa Fe’s Chinese language program was launched in 2009, and we currently have a complete elementary Chinese sequence with three courses, Elementary Chinese 1 (CHI 1120), Elementary Chinese 2 (CHI 1121), and Elementary Chinese 3 (CHI1125) . Each is a 4-credit course. Generally, Chinese 1 and 3 are offered during the Fall semester, and then Chinese 1 and 2 are offered during the following Spring semester, and Chinese 2 is offered during the summer semester for Santa Fe College students to complete their foreign language requirement.
At Santa Fe, we teach Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua 普通话in Mainland China or Guoyu 国语in Taiwan), the official standardized language of China. Students study Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system, and simplified characters, while also learning about history, art, religion, philosophy, and contemporary Chinese society. Cultural readings, class discussions, videos, and a variety of activities are used to help the student improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The Chinese language is also presented within the context of contemporary Chinese culture and society.
Language Study Guides
- Mandarin Chinese Research Guide – SF Tyree Library
Language Study Grants
Chinese is considered a ‘critical’ or ‘strategic’ language because it has become very important in political and economic activities in the United States. As a result, there are many sources of funding available to American students interested in learning Chinese.
- Critical Language Institute Scholarships
- Summer Cooperative Languages Institute
- NSEP Critical Language Initiative
- Middlebury Language School
If you intend to continue studies at a four-year university, it is a good idea to begin building your competitiveness for prestigious, and lucrative, grants and awards for Chinese language study at home and abroad. Many language-training scholarships will cover the costs of tuition and books and provide a generous living allowance.
Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. ‘
‘The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.