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.

We offer classes in Mandarin Chinese for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. These courses are an opportunity to improve your ability to communicate in Chinese, whether you are a total beginner or reasonably fluent. You will learn in an environment that is fun and relaxed and from teachers who are native speakers of Chinese. For more information, please contact Bi Wang. Her contact details are below.

Course Structure

We base our courses on the standard textbook for the HSK examinations. The HSK examinations are the Chinese equivalent of IELTS; they are an international exam that is recognised worldwide. The HSK exams are based on the frequency of words in Chinese, so you will learn the most widely used Chinese words first. The HSK textbooks are modern and user friendly. 

If you are a total beginner, you should register for Lower Beginners. If you have done a course with us before, ask your teacher which course to register for. You can also do practice exams to see which level is most appropriate.  

Course registration form

 

COURSES

TEACHER

START DATE
(2020)

END DATE
(2020)

TIME

Room Number

Lower Beginners (HSK 1A)

Mengqing Yang 

20 July 

21 Sept 

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 111

Lower Beginners (HSK 1B)

Bi Wang

23 July

24 Sept

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 111

Upper Beginners (HSK 2A)

 

 

 

If interested, please inquire.

Jack Erskine 315

Lower Intermediate (HSK 3B)

Bi Wang 21 July 22 Sept

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 121

Lower Intermediate (HSK 3A)

Bi Wang

22 July

23 Sept

Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 121

Upper Intermediate (HSK 4)

Bi Wang

20 July

21 Sept

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 121

Lower Advanced (HSK 5)

Liguo Shi (Chris)

21 July

22 Sept

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 111

Upper Advanced (HSK 6)

Liming (Lydia) Qi

23 July

24 Sept

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 239

Chinese for Youth
(UC)

Huijuan Hu

22 July

23 Sept

Wednesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Jack Erskine 240

Chinese for Youth 
(Ilam School)

Huijuan Hu

20 July

21 Sept

Mondays 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Ilam School

Tai Chi Level 1

Mei (Emily) Jin

21 July

22 Sept

Tuesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm

Jack Erskine 239

Tai Chi Level 2

Mei (Emily) Jin

22 July

23 Sept

Wednesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm

Jack Erskine 340

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

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels $120
  • Advanced levels $160
  • Youth Classes $100
  • Tai Chi and Martial Arts $90

If a term is shorter than 10 weeks, the prices will be adjusted accordingly. The prices above are for terms that are 10 weeks long.

Contact Person: Bi Wang
Email: bi.wang@canterbury.ac.nz

You can also phone Rosa-Jane Whitcombe on 027 552 5617.

 

 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury usually offers a Chinese calligraphy course. However, due to the lockdown, this is not possible. We will resume the class as soon as university premises reopen. Classes are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1.00 - 2.00 pm. 

The calligraphy course is open to everyone and is free.

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.

For further information, please contact Liming (Lydia) Qi  (liming.qi@canterbury.ac.nz) or alternatively phone Rosa-Jane Whitcombe on 027 552 5617.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury has a specialised Martial Instructor who has come to New Zealand for the purpose of teaching and performing traditional Chinese Martial Arts including Tai Chi.

At present, due to current limitations, the Tai Chi classes are offered by Zoom.

The next classes will be offered in term two. The classes will begin on 30 April and end on 3 July. Level 1 classes are offered on Tuesday evenings and Level 2 classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 – 6.30pm.

Term 1: 4 February to 8 April 2020
Term 2: 29 April to 4 July 2020
Term 3: 22 July to 26 September 2020
Term 4: 14 October to 5 December 2018

Online registration form


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 027 552 5617.

 

We are continuing to offer Chinese Tea House during lockdown via Zoom. The Chinese Tea House is an opportunity for anyone to practise speaking Chinese with a native speaker or to learn more about Chinese culture. 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 and is continuing to be held at the moment online.  The sessions are from 12 noon – 1pm. All UC staff and students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture are welcome to participate.

For more information, and for the Zoom meeting ID, please contact Liming (Lydia) Qi (liming.qi@canterbury.ac.nz) or alternatively phone Rosa-Jane Whitcombe on 027 552 5617.