Chinese Language Institute
We are currently developing a year-round Chinese Language Institute designed to provide new trainees with a complete program of study in order to meet the minimum language proficiency level required for effective communication in most basic life and ministry situations. Courses are now offered on the campus of Columbia International University, and provide students with opportunities to quickly learn Chinese while also developing an understanding of the Chinese worldview. Part-time courses begin in August, 2012 with a full-time summer institute planned for 2013! Click on the Evening Language Courses tab for more information or contact us - classes are forming now.
Completion of a 6-month or 8-month program in Chinese will provide you with certification in the language, ensuring effective long-term language acquisition with continued study following the institute. Why is such pre-field training so vital? Click here to learn more
Structure of the Year-round CLI
The Chinese Language Institute provide new students with the potential of beginning their training at two different times during the year, Fall and Spring. We also have a new Summer Program in the works, beginning Summer, 2013. The full-time program is broken down into three different tracks of study, according to the specific needs of the student: An Accelerated Track, a Standard Track (which is appropriate for most students), and a slower-paced third track of study, for those who need extra one-on-one assistance, tutoring, etc.
Assignment to a track of study is based upon a Language Aptitude Exam that we administer to new students. The exam evaluates and identifies your specific learning needs so that we can best serve you in acquiring the language. The result of this system is a program that suits any individual’s language-learning aptitude and situation, so that with proper study and effort, no one fails to learn, period. The three Tracks of study work with the following schedules for a full-time certification program:
Track I: A 6-month course of study that begins either in Spring and runs through the summer (includes the summer Chinese Institute), or in Summer, running through the Fall.
Track II: An 8-month course of study that begins in the Fall and runs through the Spring.
Track III: A 10-month course of study that begins in the Fall and runs through the Summer (including the Summer Institute).
For the latest news, future program start dates, tuition and other information, please go to Our Programs