Languages & Cultures


The Chinese section has two components: Chinese language (Modern Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin) and Chinese culture.

The language component includes courses designed for students with no previous knowledge of Mandarin. The objective of these courses is to provide students with a solid foundation in pronunciation and grammar as well as proficiency in the four language skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing.

Students with any prior experience in Chinese language (having lived in China, using Chinese as a spoken language at home, having taken Chinese courses in K-12 institutions or community Chinese schools, etc.) must consult the instructor ( to be placed into the appropriate course.


The culture component features a course in Chinese Civilization. This course surveys Chinese beliefs and philosophy, family and society, science and technology, literature and art, in both historic and present-day contexts. The objective is to help students gain an insight into the perspectives, assumptions and principles that underlie various Chinese cultural traditions and develop an in-depth understanding why Chinese civilization has taken the course it has and how it became the world's most continuous civilization.

Learning Resources


Language Learning Apps:

  • ChineseSkill
  • HelloChinese
  • HSK Hero
  • Memrise
  • FluentU


Culture and Travel





       HSK Chinese Proficiency Test



Work Opportunities in China


Programs  | Faculty and Contacts


If you would like to study Chinese you can enrol in:

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Faculty & Contacts

Miao Li, PhD
Faculty member
Phone: 403.440.8580

Dr. David Hyttenrauch
Chair, Department of Languages and Cultures
Phone: 403.440.6453

Kitty Pryde
Administrative Assistant to the Chair and the Department
Phone: 403.440.5912