Taking Chinese when I am already fluent..

<p>I'm considering taking Chinese at UVa, but I am already fluent at it. I can read pretty well, speak fluently, but cannot write anymore. I went to elementary school in an Asian country. </p>

<p>Are most people who take Chinese Asian-decent? Will I be looked down upon? I want to apply for echols later in my year...</p>

<p>Ty!!</p>

<p>see <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-virginia/900787-uva-foreign-language-requirement.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-virginia/900787-uva-foreign-language-requirement.html&lt;/a> post#7</p>

<p>The department offers CHIN 1060, which is designed for students who speak Mandarin fluently but can't write it. That's probably your best bet. The description of the course from SIS:</p>

<p>Specifically intended for students with native or near-native speaking ability in Mandarin Chinese, but little or no reading and writing ability. The course focuses on reading and writing Chinese. The goals of this course are to help students: (a) achieve control of the Chinese sound system (the 4 tones and Pinyin) and basic components of Chinese characters; (b) be able to write 400-500 characters, (c) express themselves clearly in written form on a variety of covered topics using learned grammar patterns and vocabulary, (d) improve their basic reading skills (including learning to use a Chinese dictionary).</p>