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.

Note: Chinese Course HSK1A is run in full in Term 1 & 3.  Anyone keen to participate in Term 2 needs to be aware the Course will continue from Lesson 5.

For more information, please contact Liming (Lydia) Qi. 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.  

Confucius Institute Evening Class Registration Form

 

COURSES

TEACHER

START DATE
(2021)

END DATE
(2021)

TIME

Room Number

Lower Beginners (HSK 1A)

Zhengnan Shen 

5 May

 

Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 121

Lower Beginners (HSK 1B)

Zhengnan Shen

3 May

 

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 239

Upper Beginners (HSK 2A)

Weibin Zou

6 May

 

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 101

Upper Intermediate (HSK 4A)

Nancy Chu

4 May

 

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 101

Upper Intermediate (HSK 4B)

Liming (Lydia) Qi

4 May

 

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 111

Lower Advanced (HSK 6A)

Liu Yang

3 May

 

Monday 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 101

Upper Advanced (HSK 6B)

Liming (Lydia) Qi

6 May

 

Thursday 6.00 - 7.30pm

Jack Erskine 111

Chinese for Youth
(UC)

Huijuan Hu

3 May

 

Mondays

James Logie 213

Chinese for Youth 
(Ilam School)

Huijuan Hu

3 May

 

Mondays

Ilam School

Tai Chi

Mei (Emily) Jin

5 May

 

Wednesdays

Jack Erskine 101

Tai Chi

Mei (Emily) Jin

4 May

 

Tuesday

Jack Erskine 121

Fees: 
Terms usually consist of 10 sessions, but are shorter in the fourth term. Prices are adjusted to the number of lessons offered. 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: Liming Qi
Email: liming.qi@canterbury.ac.nz

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

 

 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury offers a Chinese calligraphy course. It is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 2pm.

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).

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.

Term 1: 10 February to 14 April 2021

Term 2: 5 May to 7 July 2021

Term 3: 28 July to 29 September 2021

Term 4: 20 October to 8 December 2021

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.

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.  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, please contact Liming (Lydia) Qi (liming.qi@canterbury.ac.nz).