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    • Yale-NUS students continue their study of another language through internships, study abroad opportunities, and involvement in student organisations.

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Announcements

  • 26 October 2020

    Language FAQ AY20-21 Sem 2

    Read this document for the latest updates on language teaching next semester. The document will be updated as new information becomes available.

  • 09 November 2020

    Module Registration for Semester 2, AY2020/2021

  • Round 1 – Mon, 9 Nov 09:00am to Wed, 11 Nov 12:00pm (Add only. Yale-NUS and NUS CLS modules)
  • Rounds 2 and 3 – Jan 2020 (Date and Time to be confirmed. Add/Drop)
  • Modules offered by NUS Centre for Language Studies (CLS):

  • If you intend to read beginning level modules or if you are a continuing student who have read the pre-requisite module at NUS CLS, please login to Canvas (link active during Round 1) and submit your application.
  • For other CLS modules, you may register via ModReg@EduRec during Round 2 and Round 3.
  • For more information on CLS placement tests, please refer here.
  • 01 January 2021

    Ms. Mo Zhang to join Yale-NUS in January 2021 as full-time Chinese Lecturer

    Ms. Mo Zhang received her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining Yale-NUS, she was Preceptor in Chinese and course head of Pre-Advanced Modern Chinese at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard University, she taught Chinese language at Williams College and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her recent projects include developing remote teaching materials for advanced level students and studying grammar difficulty quantitatively and qualitatively. At Yale-NUS she will teach Chinese language and culture courses at all levels and coordinate the Chinese language programme.

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Latest Events

4 November 2020 (Wed)
Zoom Info Session with Language Ambassadors
If you are interested in taking a language next semester or want to hear more about study abroad opportunities for la...
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30 October 2020 (Fri) , 12:00pm
Annual Language Fair 2020-21
The AY20-21 Language Fair will take place online this semester. The Fair website will launch at the end of October.
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14 October 2020 (Wed)
The Language Quarterly Issue #1
The Language Ambassadors have developed a new student publication to promote languages at the College. Here is the fi...
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2 September 2020 (Wed)
Mango Languages via the Library
The Mango Languages website and App give you the opportunity to easily practice up to 70 different languages. Downloa...
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    • What our students say about...
    • Learning Languages @ Yale-NUS
    Interested in studying a new language at Yale-NUS? Joshua, Class of '22, and Veronica, Class of '21, share their experiences.

    • Class of 2022
    • Tavis Tan
    Why did you decide to study French at NUS CLS?

    Having done and completed Latin over the past 2 years at Yale-NUS, I have seen and benefited first hand from the strong support system rendered to students who are pursuing a language at the College. The ease of access to a peer tutor removes the intimidation of approaching something completely new and foreign. I’ve had the most fun learning from my peers informally, my doubts clarified without hesitation, and a community who is learning a new language alongside me. In a way, learning a new language at Yale-NUS was a great way for me to challenge myself, knowing that I am well supported and that I wouldn’t be embarking on this journey alone!

    • Lecturer, Chinese & Linguistics
    • Mo Zhang
    What do you enjoy the most about teaching Chinese?

    I find myself encouraged and uplifted by the joys of working with students. I remember the questions they ask, the funny things they say, and the stories they share. My students help me become a more curious, creative and compassionate person.

    • Class of 2022
    • Yoon Thiri
    Why did you decide to learn a language at Yale-NUS?

    Before I came to college, I already knew that I wanted to pick up a new language in college. I eventually decided on Spanish because I felt that there are a lot of resources readily available so it was quite reassuring to know that I will be to find help easily while I study the language. Also, since it is a language that is widely spoken, I thought that it will be quite useful to learn it as well.

    • Assistant Professor, Philosophy
    • Malcolm Keating
    Why study Sanskrit?

    Learning Classical Sanskrit gives students an entryway into one of the world’s oldest textual traditions. Not only can they read the भगवद्गीता (Bhagavad Gītā) and रामायण (Rāmāyaṇa) in their original language, along with other profound works of literature and philosophy, but in learning Sanskrit, students become acquainted with the phonetic and lexical underpinnings of the Indo-European language group. Many classical and modern languages are related to Sanskrit, and the skills involved in learning a complex grammar and system of representing sound changes are immensely helpful for other fields, including computer science, logic, and linguistics. But most of all, Sanskrit is sound and meaning beautifully constructed together, which is why the language is called संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), or “well-made”!