Heritage Language Programs - Chinese

Chinese Language Program/University of Pennsylvania

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College: School of Arts and Sciences

Department: East Asian languages and civilizations

Address: 847 William Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contact: mien-hwa Chiang, Coordinator of Chinese Language Program

Email: mhchiang@sas.upenn.edu

Telephone: 215-898-6338

Type of institution: Research university

Languages/dialects taught: Chinese, Cantonese, and Taiwanese

Undergraduate and graduate level courses

Course sequence: 12 courses each semester, beginning to intermediate level

Type of program:

The program was founded in the 1940


Total student enrollment: 450

Age of students: 18-28

The program identifies heritage speakers with a placement test and oral interview. In addition, in order to evaluate the students’ language background and language proficiency, the program uses a background questionnaire.


Credentials: MA and Doctorate degrees


The students are grouped according to level and are assessed by weekly quizzes, chapter tests, mid-term tests, and final exams.

Standardized test used: Hanyu shuiping kaoshi (HSK)

The heritage program is part of the institution’s regular foreign language courses.

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