East Asian Studies at UMass Amherst offers language instructions based on the latest research findings and decades of combined teaching experience. We foster integrated contextual learning among students. Authentic materials are used whenever possible in elementary and intermediate courses and exclusively in advanced courses. Instructors are well-versed in pedagogy, thoroughly experienced in teaching, and passionate about helping students.
Intensive courses are offered for the first two years of the curriculum to boost language ability. Those who have taken prior classes in the language can ease their way into the curriculum by taking the non-intensive course for the first semester. Those with more extensive experience can take a placement test to be placed into an appropriate level. Upper-level courses are non-intensive and more varied in focus. At the end of the four years of language courses, most students with no previous language experience can communicate comfortably in a socially appropriate manner.
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The program of East Asian Languages and Literatures depends on the generosity and support of our alumni and interested friends. To further improve the resources for our students, your contributions allow us to offer small fellowships, host outside speakers, run career development fora, and fund student-led initiatives.