Language Programs

The EALL department teaches elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean in a semi-intensive format, requiring substantial daily preparation and meeting three to five times per week.  The department offers a separate track in Chinese and Korean designed for students who have had varying degrees of exposure to the language in a family or other setting.  Courses in this track are not more “advanced” than those designed for students with no background in Chinese or Korean, but rather address a different set of needs.  Placement in all courses is determined by the teaching staff.

Language Placement and Proficiency Examinations

Course placement and foreign language proficiency exams in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are given at the beginning of every fall semester, and only at that time.  Students seeking to demonstrate proficiency through examination or seeking placement based on prior study must take these exams when offered in the fall.  The Chinese, Japanese and Korean tests also include online components that students must complete.  For the online tests, it must be completed between July 1-August 15, 2017.  Click here to access the online Chinese exam, Japanese exam or Korean exam.

2017 Placement Exams - Oral Interview & Written Test

Sunday, August 27th, 2017, between 8:30AM and 12NOON

Chinese            Center for Language Study, 370 Temple Street

Japanese          432 Temple Street, Room 102

Korean             Center for Language Study, 370 Temple Street, Room 215

If you cannot take the placement exam on the date specified, please contact the relevant language coordinator prior to that date.

Questions regarding the examinations or courses can be addressed to Ninghui Liang for Chinese, Hiroyo Nishimura for Japanese, or Angela Lee-Smith for Korean. 

If you are in doubt about your status, please come to the placement exam or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Michael Hunter, in advance.

The following categories of students must take a placement examination:

  • students who are enrolling in the department’s language classes for the first time but have studied Chinese, Japanese, or Korean elsewhere;
  • students who have any background in one of these languages because of family reasons;
  • students of Japanese or Korean returning from a Light Fellowship-approved program who are enrolling in language classes; or
  • students of Chinese who attended a non-Light-approved program and are enrolling in a language class.

For those students who wish to continue their study of Chinese after returning from a Light-approved program, please refer to the chart found here.

Credits for Study Abroad

Under certain conditions, course credits earned at another college or university may be used toward Yale College requirements.  Please see the Yale College Programs of Study policy on credit from other universities for more information. 

If you are seeking credit for outside courses, including Light Fellowship-approved programs, towards distributional requirements, please contact the DUS, Michael Hunter.  Please bring your transcripts and a signed copy of the Endorsement of Request to Apply Credit for Work Done Outside Yale Toward the Distributional Requirements (see a sample form here), which can be obtained from your Residential College Dean’s office.

For all other questions regarding course credit, please consult the Center for International and Professional Experience or your departmental DUS. 

Language Tables

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, with the generous cooperation of the residential colleges, maintains weekly lunchtime language tables for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Contact Aoi Saito (Japanese), Hsiu-Hsien Chan (Chinese), or Angela Lee-Smith (Korean) for details.