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Welcome to the IVC Chinese Program

Chinese is the most spoken language in the world with over one billion people whose first language is Mandarin and whose civilization is one of the oldest in the world, with over three thousand years of history. At Irvine Valley College, while mastering the Chinese language, you will also learn about its rich culture, traditions, geography, civilization, literature and history.

The Chinese program at IVC offers two levels of Chinese courses: Beginning Chinese (CHI1 and CHI2) and Intermediate Chinese (CHI3 and CHI4). Students can complete these four courses in two years and obtain an AA degree in Chinese. Our Chinese courses emphasize all aspects of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through interactive exercises and fun communicative activities, students practice listening and speaking in Mandarin and learn to write Chinese characters. Students have ample opportunities to expand their vocabulary and master their speaking skills. We offer Chinese courses in various formats: fully online, in-person, and hybrid.