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Short courses

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 1 (28 January, 2019 - 05 April, 2019)

CourseCourse datesDay and time
Chinese for Beginners
Level 1
by Ms Jing Yang (Wendy)

Term 1: Commences 28 January, 2019  (10 weeks)

Monday 6pm - 8pm
Chinese for Beginners
Level 2

by Mr Fala Chen (Freddy)

Term 1: Commences 29 January, 2019  (10 weeks)

Tuesday 6pm - 8pm
Chinese for Beginners
Level 3 

by Ms Jing Yang (Wendy)

Term 1: Commences 31 January, 2019  (10 weeks)

Thursday 6pm - 8pm
Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK Level 3/4) Tutorial by Mr Pingzhi Ming (Alex)

Term 1: Commences 30 January, 2019  (10 weeks)

Wednesday 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 $100 per person, including the textbook.

Courses are free for CDU staff and students.

Confucius Institute Certificate of completion can be provided if needed.

For class information please contact:

Mr. Pingzhi Ming (Alex)
T: 08 8946 7464
E: pingzhi.ming@cdu.edu.au

Mr. Fala Chen (Freddy)
T: 08 8946 7168
E: fala.chen@cdu.edu.au

Ms. Jing Yang (Wendy)
T: 08 8946 6925
E: jing.yang1@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. 2019 Chinese Proficiency Test Schedule

The Chinese Test Center of the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University plans to organize following tests in 2019:

HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test): 

  1. April 14 (Sunday) (Application deadline: March 18),
  2. May 11 (Saturday) (Application deadline: April 14),
  3. June 16 (Sunday) (Application deadline: May 20),
  4. August 17 ( Saturday) (Application deadline: July 21),
  5. September 22 (Sunday) (Application deadline: August 26),
  6. October 13 (Sunday) (Application deadline: September 16),

HSKK (HSK Speaking Test):

  1. May 11 (Saturday) (Application deadline: April 14),
  2. July 13 (Saturday) (Application deadline: June 16),
  3. October 13 (Sunday) (Application deadline: September 16).

YCT (Youth Chinese Test):

  1. May 11 (Saturday) (Application deadline: April 14),
  2. August 17 (Saturday) (Application deadline: July 21),
  3. November 17 (Sunday) (Application deadline: October 21).

BCT (Business Chinese Test):

  1. June 15 (Saturday) (Application deadline: May 19),
  2. August  (Sunday) (Application deadline: July 22),
  3. November 17 (Sunday) (Application deadline: October 21).

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

Study Tai Chi at CDU

Tai Chi, or Tai Ji in Chinese, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defence training and it's health benefits. These days, Tai Chi has developed worldwidely following among people with little or no interest in martial training, for its benefit to health and health maintenance. Medical studies of Tai Chai support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise and a form of martial arts therapy.

The Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University is holding Chinese Tai Chi class at Casuarina campus conducted by Mr Fala Chen:

CourseCourse datesDay and time

Tai Chi (Entry Level)
by Mr Fala Chen (Freddy)

Entry Level: Commences 22 July, 2018 (10 weeks)

Sunday 8.30am -9.30am

For the entry level, the class is limited in size, and the fee is $80 per person.

Doctor advice is necessary for person with special health condition before joining the class.

Courses are free for CDU staff and students.

For class information please contact:

Mr Fala Chen (Freddy)
T: 08 8946 7168
E: fala.chen@cdu.edu.au

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 33 times of Chinese Corner, please find the theme of every Chinese Corner as follows:

Serial NumberDateTheme 
124-Mar-13Welcome to Confucius Institute
214-Feb-14Introduction to Lantern Festival
328-Feb-14Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
44-Apr-14Introduction to Qingming Festival
530-May-14Introduction to Dragon Boat Festival
617-Oct-14Chinese lanuage study
714-Nov-14Chinese Table Etiquette
820-Mar-15Follow me to China: A Bite of Beijing
912-Apr-15Follow me to China: Ancient Capital City Xi'an
1020-Apr-15Follow me to China: Chong Qing City
118-May-15Follow me to China: Gui Lin 
1229-May-15Follow me to China: Ice city Harbin
1319-Jun-15The origin and traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival
147-Aug-15Follow me to China: Colourful Yunnan
154-Sep-15Mid Autumn Festival
1616-Oct-15Chinese paper-cut appreciation and experience
1713-Nov-15Chinese Knot
181-Apr-16Introduction to CI language and culture project
196-May-16Introduction and appreciation of traditional Chinese instruments
2010-Jun-16Chinese Traditional Dragon Boat Festival Celebration 
218-Jul-16Chinese Knot 
2212-Aug-16Beautiful Hainan International Tourist Island
2316-Sep-16Chinese traditional Mid-Autumn Festival celebration 
2414-Oct-16Beautiful Mount Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) 
2511-Nov-16The wonderful Xinjiang 
2610-Feb-17Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster & the world heritage in China
2710-Mar-17Introduction to Chinese Movie 
2813-Apr-17Introduction to Chinese traditional costume
2912-May-17Friendly Shandong Province-the hometown of the Confucius 
309-Jun-17Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts) & Brief Introduction of Chinese Education System 
3111-Aug-17The way to appreciate Chinese Peking Opera & general introduction of China Physical Geography 
328-Sep-17Interesting Chinese Characters 
3313-Oct-17Chinese Shadow Opera 

Study Chinese Culture at CDU

Do you want to know more about Chinese Culture such as Chinese Knot, Chinese paper cutting etc.? Why not come to join our Chinese cultural classes at CDU:

Course datesDay and time
Short Term

Term 3: Commences June 28, 2016 to 21 July, 2016 (8 classes)

Tuesday and Thursday 10am-12am
Long Term

Term 3: Commences July 23, 2016 to 24 September, 2016 (10 classes)

Saturday 10am-12am

The short term class is limited in size and the fee is $60 per person including materials. The class is mainly for middle school and primary school students. The class is also suitable for Chinese language learners.

The long term class is limited in size and the fee is $100 per person including materials. The class is suitable for Chinese language learners or local Chinese language teachers.

Courses are free for CDU staff and students.

Study Chinese Folk Dance at CDU

Further information will come soon.

Enrol in a course

To enrol in our short courses, please complete the enrolment form (docx 373KB).

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

Course fee and Chinese Proficiency Test fee payment

Both online credit card and cash payment options have been set up for the Confucius Institute’s short term courses and Chinese Proficiency Test.

Cash payment

Cash 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.