Living and Speaking
In addition to developing their language skills in the classroom and lab, students can also apply to live in the Chinese Language Suite, located in Luce Residence Hall. Members of the Chinese Suite help the Language Assistant, a native Chinese speaker, organize events such as cooking Chinese food, viewing the latest Chinese films, or taking a bus trip to neighboring colleges or cities such as Cleveland or Columbus to attend lectures or film screenings.
It has been a tradition for the Chinese Suite to hold joint parties to celebrate the Chinese New Year with those from the OARDC and Wooster community.
There is a small library in the suite's lounge where one can find picture books, dictionaries and maps, accessories for Chinese calligraphy, and cds of Chinese music and songs.
Complete the language suite application (application becomes available in December) and be sure to sign the pledge and turn it in in person to Professor Rujie Wang before the end of February to ensure full consideration. Preference is normally given to continuing language students and those who have just returned from studying the language abroad. Chinese nationals are also encouraged to apply if you welcome the duty and obligation to teach those language learners in the suite.
In addition to regular language classes five times a week, Chinese Table meets once a week at dinner time in one of Lowry Center's private dining rooms. Students of Chinese can practice their spoken Chinese with the instructors and with each other as they socialize.
There are several sites on campus where people can go to listen to or watch language tapes. One such site is the Learning Lab in Gault Library; materials on reserve include a set of audio tapes called Speak and Read Essential Chinese produced by Pimsleur Language Program (15 tapes (30 lessons) independent of any textbook and for people who want to learn the language on their own before going to China. Another set of audio tapes on reserve at the Learning Lab comes with the textbooks currently being used, Integrated Chinese; it contains the CDs for Beginning and Intermediate levels. There is also a set of video tapes called Everyday Mandarin with situational conversations. Also in the Library, there is a sizable collection of Chinese films, all with English subtitles. Students can improve their pronunciation by borrowing Pinyin Master CD-ROM from Professor Wang, Kauke 203.