East Language Courses Registration info

Japanese Language courses Registration Regulations:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited enrolment in East Asian Studies Language Courses; priority is given to students registered in East Asian Studies Programs and students in the Faculty of Arts.

ALL Students with or without any background in Japanese MUST complete the PDF icon east_language_waiver_regulations.pdf and return it to the Instructor on the first day of class.
Please note:  Failure to submit the East Asian Language Waiver form may affect your registration in the course.  

Students with absolutely no prior knowledge or background in Japanese:  Please register for EAST240D (section 1 or section 2) for both Fall and Winter via Minerva.  A placement test is NOT required. 

Students with background in Japanese and without the prerequisite: If you have studied Japanese before, including self-study, and/or you use Japanese at home, you MUST take a placement test.

The PLACEMENT TEST will take place in late August.  Details will be announced in April.  Registration is NOT required for the placement test. Please fill out a language placement questionnaire which is available on this site and bring it to the test site. If you want to take a test earlier or you need consultation, please send an e-mail to one of the following Japanese language instructors to make an appointment.  Please note that during the summer time, instructors may not be available.

miwako.uesaka [at] mcgill.ca (Mrs. Miwako Uesaka)

yasuko.senoo [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Yasuko Senoo)

You MUST download, print the form below, fill it out completely, sign it and BRING it to the interview/placement test.

Japanese Placement Questionnaire

 JAPANESE LANGUAGE Courses Interview/Placement test SCHEDULE:

  • DATE:  August 29, 2017 
  • TIME:  10:00 and 1:00 
  • Location:  688 Sherbrooke, Room 268

For SUMMER Japanese Language COURSES: If you have studied Japanese before, including self-study, and/or you use Japanese at home, you must contact Ms. Tomoko Ikeda, Mrs. Miwako Uesaka, or Ms. Yasuko Senoo before registering for the summer course.


Chinese  Language courses Registration Regulations:

Chinese Language Questionnaire:  PDF icon chinese_placement_questionnaire_2016.pdf

ALL Students with or without any background in Chinese Language MUST complete the East Language Waiver form and return it to the Instructor on the first day of class.

PDF icon east_language_waiver_regulations.pdf

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students MUST bring the above questionnaire completed and signed to the placement test:


DATE:  August 29, 2017
TIME:  10:00 and 1:30 

Location:  688 Sherbrooke, Room 294 and 295

Students WITH PRIOR knowledge of Chinese (whether acquired through self-study, at home or schools other than McGill Univeristy) MUST write the placement test.

Students WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PRIOR knowledge of Chinese MUST download the Chinese Language Questionnaire ​(see above) answer all the questions, sign it, and submit it by email to: renzhong.wang [at] mcgill.ca (Mr. Bill Wang)

Students who have already taken Chinese Language courses at McGill University, DO NOT NEED the instructor’s or departmental permission to register for the next level, please register via Minerva (i.e., EAST 330; EAST 430; EAST 530).

Notification of Placement Test results

  • ONLY students who have been granted permission/approval to register for the course will be notified by email before the start of class.

How will the Placement Test proceed?

  • Please take a number once you arrive at the site for the Placement Test, then wait for your turn to be interviewed. The order of interviews is on a first-come-first-served basis. 
  • You will have a face-to-face interview with a Chinese instructor to assess your listening and oral skills. 
  • You will be given 10 minutes to read a selected Chinese text and answer questions about it.  
  • You will be given one hour to write a written Chinese exam in another room in the same building. 

Priority to register for a Chinese Language course is given to students as follows:

Due to the high demand for Chinese language courses, the Department of East Asian Studies gives priority to students who have declared an Honours, Major, or Minor in East Asian Studies. Second priority is given to students in the Faculty of Arts. For other students permission for registration in a Chinese language course will be given on a first-come-first-serves basis.

Suggestions for preparing for the Placement Test

All Chinese courses at McGill emphasize equally the four skills:  listening, speaking, reading and writing.

If you feel you need to strengthen any of these skills prior to taking the Placement Test, we suggest that you study the textbooks used for our courses. 


EAST 230D (First Level Chinese) covers 20 lessons (Lesson 1-Lesson 20 of New Practical Chinese Reader Book I & Book II 新实用汉语课本: Beijing Language and Culture University Press). 

EAST 330D (Second Level Chinese) covers 18 lessons (Lesson 21 – Lesson 38 of New Practical Chinese Reader Book II& Book III: Beijing Language and Culture University Press). 

EAST 430D (Third Level Chinese) uses  ZHU Zhiping. 《实践汉语 – 中级读写》Application: Intermediate Chinese-Reading and Writing  (Peking Normal University Press, 2009 or later edition) and 
the workbook: ZHU Zhiping. 《实践汉语 – 中级读写 练习册》Workbook for Application: Intermediate Chinese-Reading and Writing   (Peking Normal University Press, 2009 or later edition)

Important Note:  If you have a valid reason for being unable to sit the placement test on August 29th, 2016, please send an email to either Bill Wang renzhong.wang [at] mcgill.ca or Jennie Chang jennie.chang [at] mcgill.ca to make an appointment.
Please note that during the summer time, instructors may not be available.