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 is continuing to hold classes online during the lockdown period. During the time that we are unable to use the university premises for classes, we will be using Zoom. You can find details below on how to use Zoom.

As usual, we will be offering 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.

Online registration form

Other options

If you would like to continue to study Chinese during the lockdown period, we also offer Chinese tea house by Zoom.

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.  

There will be a link here to the registration form when it is available. You can email Bi Wang to pre-register for the courses.

 

COURSES

TEACHER

START DATE
(2020)

END DATE
(2020)

TIME

Lower Beginners (HSK 1A)

Bi Wang 

30 April 

2 July

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Lower Beginners (HSK 1B)

Yafang (Joy) Xie

28 April

30 June

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Upper Beginners (HSK 2A)

Bi Wang

29 April

1 July

Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Lower Intermediate (HSK 3A)

Bi Wang

28 April

30 June

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Upper Intermediate (HSK 4)

Bi Wang

27 April

29 June

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Lower Advanced (HSK 5)

Liguo Shi (Chris)

28 April

30 June

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Upper Advanced (HSK 6)

Liming (Lydia) Qi

30 April

2 July

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Chinese for Youth
(UC)

Mengqing Yang

29 April

1 July

Wednesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Chinese for Youth 
(Ilam School)

Liming Qi (Lydia)

27 April

29 June

Mondays 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Tai Chi Level 1

Mei Jin
(Emily)

28 April

30 June

Tuesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm

Tai Chi Level 2

Mei (Emily) Jin

29 April

1 July

Wednesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm

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.

Information on how to use Zoom

CIUC 2020 Zoom information

 

 

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.