Short courses

Short courses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: arrangement of our courses

All of our short courses have moved to online delivery. We aim to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience through online classes in real-time.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) will be shared electronically. Printing is not available.

Study Mandarin Chinese at CDU

Travelling to China? Or simply want to start learning the most wildly spoken language in the world? Then why not enrol in one of the courses offered by the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University?

Classes are as follows:

Term 3 (20 July, 2020 -04 December, 2020)

CourseCourse datesDay and time
Chinese for Beginners - Foundation 1
by Ms Jiahui Li (Lucy)
semester 2: Commences 21 July, 2020  (20 weeks)Tuesday 6pm - 8pm
Chinese for Beginners - Foundation 2
by Ms Jiahui Li (Lucy)
semester 2: Commences 20 July, 2020  (20 weeks)Monday 6pm - 8pm
Chinese for Beginners - Intermediate 1
by Mr Zhi Gao
semester 2: Commences 22 July, 2020  (20 weeks)Wednesday 6pm - 8pm
Chinese for Beginners - Intermediate 2
by Mr Rentao Jiang
semester 2: Commences 20 July, 2020  (20 weeks)Monday 6pm - 8pm
HSK Tutorial
by Mr Rentao Jiang
semester 2: Commences 23 July, 2020  (20 weeks)Thursday 6pm - 8pm

Chinese for Beginners

Chinese for Beginners is designed for students with little or no Chinese language background. Pinyin, the official phonetic system for transcribing the Mandarin Chinese pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet, will be introduced to the students throughout the course. Combined with introduction of grammar and Chinese characters, as well as simple day-to-day conversations, Chinese for Beginners is a great course for anyone who wants to build a solid foundation for further Chinese language study.

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) tutorial

HSK is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ ability to use the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The tutorial is for students who have completed the Chinese for Beginners Level 1 to 3 and ready to take HSK test. It requires students have a grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

The results of the HSK test can serve as a reference for applying Confucius Institute Scholarship and as a Chinese language certificate for foreign students' entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).

Chinese course costs

The class is limited in size and the fee is $200 per person per semester (20 weeks), including the textbook. Course fee can be paid in person at CDU Cashier or via the CDU Webpay. Please make sure all fields are completed correctly. Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

For CDU students/staff, the course fee is exempted. Textbook is available to purchase. Textbook fee can be paid in person at CDU Cashier or via the CDU Webpay. Please make sure all fields are completed correctly. Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

For CDU alumni, the course fee is $120.00 per person per semester (20 weeks), including the textbook and teaching materials. Please contact the confuciusinstitute@cdu.edu.au for how to make payment.

Confucius Institute Certificate of completion can be provided if needed.

To enrol in our short courses, please complete the enrolment form (pdf 220KB).

Submit the form in person at Building Orange 2, Level 4, Casuarina campus, or email a copy to ConfuciusInstitute@cdu.edu.au.

For class content please contact:

Mr. Rentao Jiang
E: rentao.jiang@cdu.edu.au

Ms. Jiahui Li (Lucy)
E: lucy.li@ntschools.net

Mr. Zhi Gao
E: zhi.gao@cdu.edu.au

Introduction to HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) 汉语水平考试

The HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

I. Test Structure

The new HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK (beginner level), HSK (intermediate level), and HSK (advanced level). During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

Writing Test

 

Speaking Test

HSK (Level VI)

 

HSK (Advanced Level)

HSK (Level V)

 

HSK (Level IV)

 

HSK (Intermediate Level)

HSK (Level III)

 

HSK (Level II)

 

HSK (Beginner Level)

HSK (Level I)

 

II. Test Levels

The different levels of the new HSK are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

New HSK

Vocabulary

CLPS

CEF

HSK (Level VI)

Over 5,000

Level V

C2

HSK (Level V)

2500

C1

HSK (Level IV)

1200

Level IV

B2

HSK (Level III)

600

Level III

B1

HSK (Level II)

300

Level II

A2

HSK (Level I)

150

Level I

A1

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

III. Test Principles

The new HSK follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”, bases the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbooks. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

The new HSK emphasizes the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluation and stresses the learners’ actual Chinese language abilities.

The new HSK sets clear test objectives to allow the test takers to be able to improve their Chinese language abilities in a systematic and efficient way.

IV. Testing Purposes

The new HSK retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

1. A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and giving students’ academic credits.

2. A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.

3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.

4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

5. A necessary item to apply for the Confucius Institute Scholarship to study in China.

V. Results Certificate

Test takers will receive the results on website: www.chinesetest.cn, issued by Hanban within four weeks after the test.

VI. 2020 Chinese Proficiency Test Schedule

The Chinese Test Center of the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University plans to organize following tests in 2020:

HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test): 

  1. March 21 (Saturday) (Application deadline: February 23),
  2. April 11 (Saturay) (Application deadline: March 15),
  3. May 09 (Saturday) (Application deadline: April 12),
  4. June 14 (Sunday) (Application deadline: May 18),
  5. July 12 (Sunday) (Application deadline: June 15),
  6. August 23 ( Sunday) (Application deadline: July 27),
  7. September 19 (Saturday) (Application deadline: August 23),
  8. October 17 (Saturday) (Application deadline: September 20),
  9. November 21 (Saturday) (Application deadline: October 25).

HSKK (HSK Speaking Test):

  1. April 11 (Saturday) (Application deadline: March 15)
  2. May 09 (Saturday) (Application deadline: April 12),
  3. July 12 (Sunday) (Application deadline: June 15),
  4. October 17 (Saturday) (Application deadline: September 20).

YCT (Youth Chinese Test):

  1. May 09 (Saturday) (Application deadline: April 12),
  2. October 11 (Sunday) (Application deadline: September 14).

BCT (Business Chinese Test):

  1. April 12 (Sunday) (Application deadline: March 16),
  2. June 13 (Saturday) (Application deadline: May 17).

Please note: The Chinese Test Centre of the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University has paper based test only.The Chinese Test Center will organize the paper test based on the registration. If there are just few applicants, it is possible to cancel the Chinese test.

Test fees (pen and paper charges) standards are as follows:

Currency: Australian Dollars

HSK (Level I): $35;

HSK (Level II):$35;

HSK (Level III):$55;

HSK (Level IV):$55;

HSK (Level V):$75;

HSK (Level VI):$75.

HSKK (Primary Level): $35;

HSKK (Intermediate Level): $55;

HSKK (Advanced Level): $75.

Related Website Link:

1.Offical website of Hanban –Chinese Test:http://www.hanban.org/tests/

2.Service website of Chinese Test:http://www.chinesetest.cn/index.do

3.Confucius Institute E-Learning Center:  http://cnhsk.org/hsk-intro

4.Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University:http://www.cdu.edu.au/confucius-institute

Chinese Corner at CDU

The Monthly Chinese Corner provides an opportunity to practice Chinese with native speakers, meet new friends and discover more about Chinese culture. Each event is focused around a theme relating to Chinese culture or traditional festivals and how they are celebrated today.

Since 2013, we have held total 49 times of Chinese Corner.

Enrol in a course

To enrol in our short courses, please complete the enrolment form (pdf 220KB).

Submit the form in person at Building Orange 2, Level 4, Casuarina campus, or email a copy to ConfuciusInstitute@cdu.edu.au.

Course fee and Chinese Proficiency Test fee payment

Both online and in-person payment options have been set up for the Confucius Institute’s short term courses and Chinese Proficiency Test.

In-person

Payment can be made at the University Cashier located in Orange Building 1.  Please provide the cashier your name, the purpose of your payment (e.g. Confucius Institute Chinese Beginner Class) and the payment amount (i.e. $100).

Online credit card payment

Pay online with a credit card via webpay. Please make sure all fields are completed correctly. Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted.