Summer Session

Heritage Language Courses

Information about Summer 2022 will be posted in January 2022.

In August 2021, three new Summer Session remote-instruction courses will be offered to provide heritage speakers of selected languages the opportunity to strengthen their reading and writing skills, and jump-start their readiness for Autumn 2021 coursework. Click on the languages below to see course descriptions, eligibility requirements, and placement information. 

Incoming student applications are no longer being accepted. Current College students interested in these courses may still request enrollment - contact Val Huston at vhuston@uchicago.edu for more information. 

August Heritage Language Courses

These three-week, 100-unit courses offered via remote instruction are open to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students.

    Course Description

    This intensive, online course is designed to build on heritage learners’ skills to prepare them for success in courses offered during the academic year. Skill areas include in-depth practice in reading and writing, along with review and expansion of targeted grammar structures, development of precision in vocabulary as well as practice writing and typing Chinese characters.  Students can expect to do 25-30 hours of asynchronous work each week, in addition to weekly synchronous meetings. Passing this course satisfies the College Language Competency Requirement.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for heritage learners who were placed into CHIN 10300 or did not place into the Chinese Heritage sequence (CHIN 11100).

    What are the benefits of taking this course?

    After taking this course, students would be eligible to take CHIN 22100 (2nd-year Chinese Heritage) in the Autumn quarter. Since CHIN 11100 to 11300 is a three-quarter sequence, students might have time conflicts with other courses during the academic year. If they take this course in summer, they can better plan for their future course arrangement in the regular quarters. 

    Instructor

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    Yi-Lu Kuo

    August 9 - 27, 2021

    TuTh 4:00 - 4:50 pm Central time
    (remote synchronous sessions)

    CHIN 11400 91

    Course Description

    This intensive, online course is designed to build on heritage learners’ skills to prepare them for success in courses offered during the academic year. Skill areas include in-depth practice in reading and writing, along with review and expansion of targeted grammar structures, development of precision in vocabulary, as well as practice writing and typing the Korean alphabet.  Students can expect to do 25-30 hours of asynchronous work each week, in addition to weekly synchronous meetings. Passing this course satisfies the College Language Competency Requirement.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for students who placed into 1st year Korean and identify as heritage learners.

    What are the benefits of taking this course?

    After taking this course, students would be eligible to take KORE 201 (2nd year Korean sequence) in Autumn. 

    As KORE 101, offered only in Autumn quarter, is designed for those who have no prior Korean knowledge, we usually recommend heritage speakers to join 1st year Korean courses in Winter or Spring. If they can achieve the goals set for the 1st year sequence through this course, they can start taking a 2nd year course in Autumn without waiting for a year, and ultimately can take more advanced courses before graduation.

    Instructor

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    Jieun Kim 

    August 9 - 27, 2021

    TuTh 4:00 - 4:50 pm Central time
    (remote synchronous sessions)

    KORE 10400 91

    Course Description

    This intensive, online course is designed to build on heritage learners’ skills to prepare them for success in courses offered during the academic year. Skill areas include in-depth practice in reading and writing, along with review and expansion of targeted grammar structures, and development of precision in vocabulary.  Students can expect to do 25-30 hours of asynchronous work each week, in addition to weekly synchronous meetings. Passing this course satisfies the College Language Competency Requirement.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for heritage Spanish learners who:

    • placed into SPAN 10200 or 10300
    • have not placed into the heritage track (SPAN 20102), or
    • have not studied Spanish formally

    What are the benefits of taking this course?

    After taking this course, students would be eligible for either SPAN 20102 or 20302, depending on their initial language level and/or performance in this course. This will help heritage students who did not place into the heritage course (20102) by pulling them out of the conventional four-skills course (i.e., not heritage). 

    Instructor

    Course Dates

    Days & Times

    Course Code

    Lidwina van den Hout-Huijben

    August 9 - 27, 2021

    TuTh 4:00 - 4:50 pm Central time
    (remote synchronous sessions)

    SPAN 10302 91

Program Details

    Requests to register for August Heritage Language courses are currently being accepted from current College students only. 

    Instructors from each language will use information from the Summer Placement tests to identify heritage learners and reach out to those who are eligible. 

    For language-specific proficiency requirements for enrollment and course equivalents, click the language above.

    College students have continual access to the Canvas sites where the placement tests are located for the duration of their time at UChicago. If you have not taken a placement test, can’t find your results, or have other questions, contact Lidwina van den Hout (lmvdhout@uchicago.edu).

    If you are a graduate student, contact Lidwina van den Hout (lmvdhout@uchicago.edu) to be added to the Canvas site where you can take a placement test.

    Placement tests must be completed before requesting enrollment. 

    Undergraduates

    • Undergraduate tuition for the Heritage language courses in August 2021 is $4,250. 
    • These courses are part of Summer Session, and thus will be billed separately from Autumn quarter. 
    • Bills will be posted July 28. 

     

    Course Application Components

    Incoming student applications are no longer being accepted, but current College students interested in these courses may still request enrollment - contact Val Huston at vhuston@uchicago.edu for more information. 

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    Be ready to provide the following information with your request:

    For all courses

    • Your most recent transcript from UChicago (current students) or your most recent school/university (incoming students). 

    For Chinese

    1. Please handwrite a paragraph-long self-introduction (e.g. yourself, hobbies, family members, and your Chinese learning history) without any resources/dictionary/help. Take a photo or scanned image of your sample and upload it in the application. 
    2. All applicants for Chinese will be contacted after your submission is received to schedule a brief one-on-one conversation with the course instructor to provide additional information about your spoken fluency. 

    Financial Aid

    Limited financial aid in the form of partial tuition awards is available to incoming and current College students and incoming or current students in the MAPH, MAPSS, CIR, CMES, and CLAS programs enrolling in the Autumn Heritage Language courses. Because these are pilot courses, financial aid funds come from a different source than academic year awards, and will not affect your academic year award eligibility.

    If you would like to request undergraduate tuition assistance, include that in your enrollment request.   

     

    August Heritage language course students must email summersession@uchicago.edu to request a course drop or withdrawal.

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    Please Note: Verbally informing an instructor that you are dropping or failing to attend a class does not constitute a drop or withdraw request.  

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    • Enrolled students can drop a three-week Heritage course through Friday, August 13, 2021 (the Friday of the first week of the course). 

    UChicago students who drop a course on or before the relevant deadline will not be billed for that course and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. 

    Requests to drop a course submitted after the drop deadline (11:59pm CST of the dates listed below) will be processed as a course withdrawal, which means:

    • a “W” will appear as the course grade and
    • 100% of tuition will be billed
    General questions regarding aid and billing summersession@uchicago.edu

    Enrollment and withdrawal requests

    Val Huston  vhuston@uchicago.edu

    Questions about language-specific eligibility

    Chinese:

    Yi-Lu Kuo  yilukuo@uchicago.edu

    Korean:

    Ji Eun Kim  jieunk@uchicago.edu

    Spanish:

    Lidwina van den Hout-Huijben  lmvdhout@uchicago.edu

    Questions about the Heritage Language Program

    Lidwina van den Hout-Huijben  lmvdhout@uchicago.edu

     

     

     

    Who is the target audience for these new courses?

    These Heritage Literacy courses are designed for heritage learners who have relatively strong speaking and listening skills (i.e., could hold a basic conversation with a family member), but less proficiency in reading and writing (would have difficulty writing an email to a professor or reading an announcement for a community event or a brief newspaper article).

    How are these different from other language courses?

    For each language, these literacy courses will be tailored for heritage learners with relatively low literacy skills. Therefore, they will be more efficient than four-skill courses, and are better tailored the needs of heritage learners.

    Do these courses fulfill any graduation requirements?

    All three courses fulfill the College's Language Competency requirement. 

    I am an incoming first-year College student, and am already taking a Summer Session course. Can I take a Heritage Language course, too?

    Yes, as long as the course meeting times do not conflict with your other course.

     

Questions?

Contact Summer Session at summersession@uchicago.edu