Chinese Language Centre  The Chinese University of Hong Kong

FAQ — Part-time programmes

A. General

  1. What are the differences between full-time regular programmes, part-time programmes and summer intensive programmes?
  2.

I am not a native Chinese speakers but I have lived in China / HK/ Taiwan for 10 years. Can I study the Cantonese/ Putonghua courses for native Chinese speakers?

  3. Will the award-bearing certificate(s) I received from CUHK-CLC recognized in Hong Kong and China?
  4. Are CLC students the same as CUHK students?

B. About the Centre/ University

C. About the Programme/ curriculum


D. Abour admission and application

 

A. General

Q1. What are the differences between full-time regular programmes, part-time programmes and summer intensive programmes?

Answer: a comparison table is shown here:

 

Full-time regular programmes

Part-time programmes

Summer intensive programmes

LEARNING RELATED

Award-bearing programmes available

8 programmes on Chinese as a foreign language are offered.

Putonghua

-              Certificate Programme in Putonghua as a Foreign/ Second Language 普通话(对外汉语)证书课程

-              Diploma Programme in Putonghua as a Foreign/ Second Language 普通话(对外汉语)文凭课程

-              Advanced Diploma Programme in Putonghua as a Foreign/ Second Language 普通话(对外汉语)高等文凭课程            

 Cantonese

-              Certificate Programme in Cantonese as a Foreign/ Second Language 粤语(对外汉语)证书课程

-              Diploma Programme in Cantonese as a Foreign/ Second Language 粤语(对外汉语)文凭课程

-              Advanced Diploma Programme in Cantonese as a Foreign/ Second Language 粤语(对外汉语)证书课程

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Chinese Local Language and Culture (Cantonese)中国地方语言文化(粤语)基础证书课程

Chinese Reading

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Chinese Characters 汉字基础证书课程  

 

4 programmes for native Chinese speakers and 4 programmes for non-native Chinese speakers are offered.

Putonghua

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Putonghua for Non-native Chinese Speakers 普通话(非华语人士)基础证书课程

-              普通话(华语人士)证书课程

-              普通话(华语人士)文凭课程

 Cantonese

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Cantonese for Non-native Chinese Speakers 粤语(非华语人士)基础证书课程

-              Certificate Programme in Chinese Local Language and Culture (Cantonese) 中国地方语言文化(粤语)基础证书课程

-              粤语(华语人士)证书课程

-              粤语(华语人士)文凭课程

 Chinese Reading

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Chinese Characters 汉字基础证书课程

2 programmes on Chinese as a foreign language are offered.

Putonghua

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Putonghua for Non-native Chinese Speakers 普通话(非华语人士)基础证书课程

Cantonese

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Cantonese for Non-native Chinese Speakers 粤语(非华语人士)基础证书课程

 

Course load per week/ intensity

3 sessions a day. 5 days per week. Approximate 190 sessions per semester.

2 — 3 sessions a day.

1-2 days per week.

Approximate 30-40 sessions per semester.

3-6 sessions a day.

5-6 days per week.

Approximate 84 sessions per programme.

Level available

Putonghua: L1 to L6

Cantonese: L1 to L6

Putonghua: (Non-native Chinese speakers)

elementary to upper intermediate level. (Native Chinese speakers) elementary to advanced level.

Cantonese: elementary to intermediate level

Putonghua: L1 to L3 (depends on months)

Cantonese: L1

New course dates /

No. of intakes per year

3 intakes.

Fall (Sep. — Dec.)
Spring (Jan. — Apr.)
Summer (Jun.-Aug.)

 

4 intakes for beginner courses

(Jan., Apr., Jul., Oct.)

2-4 intakes for other level courses.

2 intakes in a year for July (S2) and August (S3) programme.

Lesson time

Weekday daytime, either morning or afternoon class

Weekday evening, weekend morning or weekend afternoon.

Weekday daytime

Class location

CUHK Shatin main campus (Fong Shu Chuen Building and Fong Yun Wah Hall)

CLC Tsim Sha Tsui Learning Centre or CUHK Shatin main campus

CUHK Shatin main campus

STUDENT SUPPORT

Student visa sponsorship

Yes (for students studying at least 12 credits)

No

Yes

Accommodation support

Summer on-campus dormitory

No

Summer on-campus dormitory

Student card (for CUHK on-campus facilities)

Yes

No

Yes

STUDENT COMPOSITION

Age range and average age

17-60 (average ~28)

17-60 (average ~33)

17-50  (average ~21)

Nationality

Korea 27%, Japan 19%, Europe 16%, Other Asian countries 14%, North America 13%, Central and South America 4%, Middle East 3%, Australasia 3%, Africa 1%

China 33%, Europe 18%, North America 13%, Japan 8%, Hong Kong: 7%, Korea 6%, Other Asian countries 9%, Australasia 5%, Central and South America 1%, Middle East 1%, Africa < 1%

North America 30%, Japan 30%, Europe: 20%,

Other Asian countries 15%, Others 5%

Occupation

Professionals, housewives, working holidays, college students etc.

Working people, Working holidays

Majority: current university students

Note: Figures above are for reference only. Student composition figures may change from time to time.



Q2. I am not a native Chinese speakers but I have lived in
China/ HK/ Taiwan for 10 years. Can I study the Cantonese/ Putonghua courses for native Chinese speakers?

 

Answer: First, please understand the following differences:

 

 

Courses for non-native Chinese speakers

Courses for native Chinese speakers

Textbook

Mainly written in English, with pinyin/ Yale-romanization. English meaning/ glossary is provided

Written in traditional Chinese only with pinyin/ Yale-romanization. No English meaning is provided.

Medium of teaching (at least for elementary level)

Cantonese course: Cantonese and English.

Putonghua course: Putonghua and English.

Chinese Reading course: Cantonese and English.

Cantonese course: Cantonese and Putonghua

Putonghua course: Putonghua and Cantonese

Student composition

Students from different nationalities and background who learn Chinese as a foreign/ second language.

Cantonese course: students who are born and raised in China, Taiwan or Singapore who have used Chinese all their lives.

Putonghua course: students who are born and raised in Hong Kong who have used Chinese all their lives.

Curriculum

Include the reading and writing of Chinese characters

Teach only the spoken components of Cantonese/ Putonghua.

Illustrate examples in local context only (Hong Kong and China)

Class size

8-20

13-25

Course intensity

40 sessions per semester, 3-4 sessions a week.

Putonghua course: 30 sessions per semester, 3 sessions a week.

Cantonese course: 40 sessions per semester, 3-4 sessions a week.

Part-time award-bearing programme available

Putonghua

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Putonghua for Non-native Chinese Speakers 普通话(非华语人士)基础证书课程

Cantonese

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Cantonese for Non-native Chinese Speakers 粤语(非华语人士)基础证书课程

-              Certificate Programme in Chinese Local Language and Culture (Cantonese) 中国地方语言文化(粤语)基础证书课程

Chinese Reading

-              Foundation Certificate Programme in Chinese Characters 汉字基础证书课程

Putonghua

-              普通话(华语人士)证书课程

-              普通话(华语人士)文凭课程

 Cantonese

-              粤语(华语人士)证书课程

-              粤语(华语人士)文凭课程

 

Continuing Education Fund (Subject to applicants’ eligibility)

Available to 2 programmes only namely (1) Certificate Programme in Chinese Local Language and Culture (Cantonese) 中国地方语言文化(粤语)基础证书课程 and (2)

Foundation Certificate Programme in Chinese Characters 汉字基础证书课程. Benchmarking exam result is not a pre-requisite of funding.

Available to Putonghua programmes only. Attaining a pass result in a CEF designated benchmarking exam result is a pre-requisite of funding.

Since the pedagogy is different between the two types of courses, and there were unfavorable experiences in the past, the Centre strongly discouraged students against the crossed options. The Centre normally does not allow non-native speakers taking native speaker courses. The Centre, however, will grant exception if the applicants fulfill the following criteria:

1.       Attained HSK Advanced level.

2.       Completed the CLC advanced level written placement available online which will indicate the reading and writing level of the applicants. The division head will initially judge whether the students are suitable to the course. Click here for traditional Chinese version and here for simplified Chinese version.

3.       Sign a declaration to show your understanding of the differences in study arrangement.

4.       No refund and course transfer are allowed once accepted.

Q3. Will the award-bearing certificate(s) I received from CUHK-CLC recognized in Hong Kong and China?

Answer: the CLC award-bearing programmes have been offered in accordance with the HKSAR Qualifications Framework and registered with the HKSAR Qualifications Register. Yet, it is always at the employers and institutions’ discretion whether they will consider the certificate(s) a key qualification towards offering of a job position or studentship. There may be some other key areas which will affect the offer, such as public exam result and performance in an interview.

 

Q4. Are CLC students the same as CUHK students?

Answer: CLC programmes open to all and the programme itself is not Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme. CLC students study Chinese language courses only. On the other hand, the CUHK undergraduate programmes and postgraduate programmes are subject to keen competition, tight quota and stringent requirements in admission. CUHK students study subjects of different disciplines. These are the major differences between “CLC” students and “CUHK” students which bring about the difference in entitlements.

CUHK students enjoy all the concessions and incentives offered by the HKSAR government and the university facilities, while CLC students can enjoy only part of them.

CLC students can be sponsored student visa similar to that in CUHK students. Student visa holders are entitle to health care services in public clinics/ hospitals at local resident rate. CLC students can ride the school bus free of charge, using the school library and enjoy the university amenities. Eligible full-time CLC students can apply for MTR student travel scheme and live in dormitory on campus in Summer.

CUHK students can enjoy living in on-campus dormitory during regular term time for 1 year; using university clinic and dental services, job counseling services and a computer platform to manage their study courses and grades. In addition, the HKSAR policy of "relaxation of employment restriction for non-local students” and “immigration arrangement for non-local graduates” are applicable to CUHK UG/ PG students only and not language students.