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.
|Courses:||Start date||End date||Room||Time|
|Chinese Beginners 1||3 May 2018||5 July 2018||Jack Erskine 315||Thursday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm|
Chinese Beginners 2
|30 April 2018||2 July 2018||Jack Erskine 111||Monday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Beginners 3
(not the same as Beginners 1)
|1 May 2018||3 July 2018||Jack Erskine 121||Tuesday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Beginners 4
(not the same as Beginners 1)
|30 April 2018||2 July 2018||Jack Erskine 101||Monday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Intermediate 2||2 May 2018||4 July 2018||Jack Erskine 121||Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Intermediate 3||2 May 2018||4 July 2018||Jack Erskine 111||Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Intermediate 4||2 May 2018||4 July 2018||Jack Erskine 101||Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Advanced 1||3 May 2018||5 July 2018||Jack Erskine 121||Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Advanced 3||3 May 2018||5 July 2018||Jack Erskine 111||Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese Continuing 3||1 May 2018||3 July 2018||Jack Erskine 101||Tuesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Continuing Chinese 8||3 May 2018||5 July 2018||Jack Erskine 441||Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm|
|Chinese for Youth
|30 April 2018||2 July 2018||Ilam School||Monday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.30pm|
|Tai Chi||3 May 2018||5 July 2018||Jack Erskine 101||Thursday evenings 6.00 - 7.00pm|
|Martial Arts (Sanda)||2 May 2018||4 July 2018||Jack Erskine 101||Wednesday evenings 5.00 - 6.00pm|
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
- Tai Chi and Martial Arts $120
Enrolments close on Monday 7 May 2018 although late entries are often accepted.
Contact Person: Rosa-Jane Whitcombe
Phone: 03 369 4399
Sanda is a form of martial arts where two people contend with each other according to a set of rules, using the martial arts kick, hit, fall and defensive methods of modern sport unarmed combat, it is an important part of martial arts. Sanda has a unique style that has been revered for many years. Students are taught to respect their teachers and uphold virtue and condemn evil, and to continuously strive for self-improvement.Studying Sanda improves students strength, patience, flexibility and agility.
CIUC is offering lessons for the first time in Sanda, beginning in 2018 Term 2.
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.
There are two Chinese calligraphy classes each week. Changming Pan teaches both of them..
Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm every Tuesday
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm every Thursday
Both courses are held in Room 401 of the Logie Building.
Each class is $5.00 to cover the cost of materials.
Advance registration is required. New students can join at any time.
Please contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at email@example.com or phone 369 4399 for enrolment.
Tai Chi classes are held on Thursday evenings at the university. You can register and pay for the courses online.
Term 1: 8 February to 12 April 2018
Term 2: 3 May to 5 July 2018
Term 3: 26 July to 27 September 2018
Term 4: 18 October to 20 December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 369 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 is held on every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year unless the university is closed for public holidays All UC staff and students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture are welcome to participate.
|12.00—1.00pm every Tuesday||Room 401, Logie Building|
|12.00—1.00pm every Thursday||Room 401, Logie Building