Courses

Chinese student writing Chinese characters

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) offers a range of courses for people with either a personal or a professional interest in Chinese language and/or culture.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury offers beginners, intermediate and advanced classes in Mandarin Chinese. These courses are an opportunity to improve your ability to communicate in Chinese, whether you are a total beginner or reasonably fluent. The learning environment is fun and relaxed. All of the teachers are native speakers of Chinese. For more information, please contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe. Her contact details are below.

Please note: Beginners 1, 2, 3 and 4 are different levels. If you have never studied Chinese before, you need to begin with Beginners 1.

Students need to register for these classes online.

THE REGISTRATION PAGE IS BEING UPDATED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN SOON

Courses: Start date End date Room                         Time
Chinese Beginners 1 5 February 2018 9 April 2018 Erskine 111 Monday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Beginners 2
(not the same as Beginners 1)
13 February 2018 17 April 2018 Erskine 121 Tuesday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Beginners 3
(not the same as Beginners 1)
5 February 2018 9 April 2018 Erskine 101 Monday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Beginners 4
(not the same as Beginners 1)
6 February 2018 10 April 2018 Erskine 111 Tuesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 1 7 February 2018 11 April 2018 Erskine 121 Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 2 7 February 2018 11 April 2018 Erskine 111 Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 3 7 February 2018 11 April 2018 Erskine 101 Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 4 8 February 2018 12 April 2018 Erskine 101 Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Advanced 2 8 February 2018 12 April 2018 Erskine 111 Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Continuing 2 13 February 2018 17 April 2018 Erskine 101 Tuesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Continuing Chinese 7 8 February 2018 12 April 2018 Erskine 240 Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese for Youth 
(Ilam School)
5 February 2018 9 April 2018 Ilam School Monday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Tai Chi 8 February 2018 12 April 2018 To be confirmed Thursday evenings 6.00 - 7.00pm

Fees: 
All terms consist of 10 sessions. We cannot refund course fees for non-attendance.

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels $180
  • Advanced levels $220
  • Continuing levels $250

2018 Term 1 Course Descriptions (PDF 1.02MB)

Enrolments close on Monday 12 February 2018 although late entries are often accepted.

Contact Person: Rosa-Jane Whitcombe
Phone: 03 369 4399
Email: confucius-institute@canterbury.ac.nz

The Chinese language has its own unique writing system made up of characters or 汉字. They were created about five thousand years ago. There are over 60 000 unique characters but only about 4,000 – 5,000 are used in everyday life. The Chinese writing system is used in China and other Chinese speaking regions such as Singapore. The characters not only serve a practical purpose as the writing system for the Chinese language, but writing them has also become an independent branch of art.

From 9 August 2016, there will be two calligraphy courses running concurrently. The Thursday class will continue in it's current format with Dr Yan Zhou teaching, and a new calligraphy class will begin on Tuesdays at 1pm with Ruoyi (Emma) Pu teaching. She will be teaching the clerical script: an archaic style of Chinese calligraphy which evolved between the Warring States period and the Qin dynasty. Due to its high legibility to modern readers, it is still used for artistic flavor in a variety of functional applications such as headlines and signboards.

Ruoyi PU's class:

Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm every Tuesday beginning 9 August 2016

Dr Yan ZHOU's class:

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm every Thursday beginning 8 January 2015

Both courses will be held in Room 401 of the Logie Building.

The course is free to everyone, but advance registration is required. New students can join at any time.

Please contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at rosa-jane.whitcombe@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 369 4399 for enrolment.

CIUC does not currently offer Tai Chi classes but intends to again in 2018.

Tai Chi is a proven method of stress reduction and relaxation. It integrates the external or physical and the meditative internal. It improves balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. It is gentle enough to be accessible to people of every ability level but can be demanding enough to provide a significant challenge to the professional athlete.

For more information, contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at rosa-jane.whitcombe@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 369 4399.

The Chinese Tea House is an opportunity for anyone to come and practise speaking Chinese with a native speaker or to learn more about Chinese culture. The Tea House also provides a space for everyone to experience Chinese culture first hand. It is offered by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury and is open to everyone – staff, students and the general public included.

Chinese Tea House will start again for the year on Thursday 8 January 2015 and will continue throughout the year.  All UC staff and students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture are welcome to participate.

Time Venue
1:00—2:00pm every Tuesday Room 401, Logie Building
12:00—2:00pm every Thursday  Room 401, Logie Building