The courses of Chinese language co-offered by the Language Center and Confucius Institute at UCY are designed into levels that are aligned with both the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and China's Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK, Chinese Proficiency Test).
Our courses are guided by communicative approach principles and are based on practical activities linked to everyday life, requiring the use of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Particular emphasis is placed on interactive communication, focusing on language use in real situations. The general objectives of the courses are to enable students to communicate at different levels in a variety of contexts, especially with the purpose of preparing students to use Chinese for their future careers and social communication.
Audio-visual materials and e-learning facilities will be used during the courses to encourage students to practice the structures and topics learned in the classroom, and to promote self-learning and self-evaluation. In addition to the 13-week classroom teaching and learning for each level of the course, there will be at least 6 Chinese Language Café Hours in the even weeks during the semester. Students are encouraged to participate in all the Chinese Language Café Hours to practice and consolidate the language they have learned in class.
LAN 060: Chinese – Beginners level I
Using a communicative approach, this Chinese course is aligned with the CEFR and the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test).
This introductory level course is designed to train the students to first acquire the Chinese pronunciation system, and then learn to understand and participate in very basic everyday conversation in Chinese. As a learning outcome, students will be able to understand and use simple Chinese words and sentences to conduct basic communicative activities such as greetings, ordering food, doing shopping, giving and asking basic personal information.
LAN 061: Chinese – Beginners level II
This level of the course is designed according to both CEFR and HSK. The students are expected to reach CEFR level A1 (Breakthrough) and HSK Level 1 at the end of this course. The teaching/learning process is communicative and based on practical activities involving the use of the four skills in language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The learning outcomes are for students to be able to produce written and spoken Chinese using a simple syntax. The focus of this level of the course is to enable students to use simple Chinese to communicate orally on familiar topics such as everyday life, work, plans, personal skills, weather, food, and accommodation.
Pre-requisite LAN 060 or equivalent