Non-native Speakers Series

 Chinese Characters and Chinese Reading Programmes

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The course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.

 

< Foundation Certificate in Chinese Characters > is recognized under the Qualifications Framework.

 

Daytime classes in January, June & September.

Evening/ Saturday classes in January, May and September

 

See September 2016 new class schedule

 

Chinese Characters, a most ancient and artistic writing system among all languages in the world, have been widely used by more than 1 billion native speakers. It is indispensable to the civilization of China and has great impact on the language systems in the Asia-Pacific regions like Japan and Korea. Knowledge of Chinese characters will help one in communicating to Chinese people, in understanding the Chinese culture and will give you an extra tool while living and doing business in Chinese speaking regions. Studies carried out in China have shown that functional literacy requires knowledge of between 3000 to 4000 characters.

 

CLC (Chinese Language Centre) is a teaching unit under the Faculty of Arts in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has celebrated her golden jubilee in 2013. Click into website to learn more.

 

Course Outline

This is an intensive programme for non-native speakers of Chinese, focusing on Chinese reading and writing of traditional Chinese characters. Introduction to Chinese scripts and culture is a cultural and knowledge course for those who do not have knowledge of Cantonese and/ or Chinese. Taught in English, it introduces basic Chinese characters with real life examples. Introduction will also be given on the formation of Chinese characters, stroke orders and interesting stories behind Chinese characters. Chinese reading I is a solid training course on reading and character recognition taught in simple Cantonese with supplementary English explanation. It introduced the use of Chinese characters with real life examples and contextual exercises with focus on recognition of Chinese characters and readings on sentence level. Chinese reading II is an upper intermediate course to introduce the use of Chinese characters with real life examples and contextualized exercises. It will focus on recognition of Chinese characters and readings at paragraph level. For reference only, students are usually expected to spend no less than 4 hours a week on revision to make progress.

 

Module 1 Introduction to Chinese Scripts and Culture

~ 40 sessions

3 credits

Module 2 Chinese Reading I

~ 40 sessions

3 credits

Module 3 Chinese Reading II

~ 40 sessions

3 credits

Module 4 Chinese Reading III

~ 40 sessions

3 credits

Module 5 Advanced Chinese Reading

~ 40 sessions

3 credits

Module 6 Newspaper

~ 40 sessions

3 credits

 

Teaching materials: Chinese reader 1-2 and/ or other materials prepared by CLC instructors.

Assessment: Quiz (written/ oral), final exam (written/ oral), instructors assessment and attendance.

* Note: students can opt for assessment exemption. However, the students will not be, if available, entitle to CUHK award-bearing certificate and Continuing Education Fund. Interested student please sign a declaration form which is available at CLC web site.

 

Teaching staff: Well-qualified and experienced teachers (CUHK instructors) in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/ Second Language.

Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 
Fong Shu Chuen Building, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, SAR 
Tel:(852)3943 6727(enquiries) Fax:(852)2603 5004 
Tel:(852)3943 6728(message for typhoons & rainstorms)
Enquiries: 
clc@cuhk.edu.hk

 

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