Chinese Language Courses

The Confucius Institute at UT Dallas offers credit and non-credit Chinese language courses for students on campus and interested learners from the community. It also customizes instructions to meet the specific needs of special groups. After one or two years of studying with us, learners can take HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) or BCT (Business Chinese Test). Both tests are specially designed and administered by Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International of the Chinese Ministry of Education) to assess non-native speakers' Chinese language skills. Those who pass different levels of tests will receive certificates issued by Hanban. Certificate holders can use them as official proof of their Chinese proficiency when they apply for jobs related to China or for study opportunities in Chinese institutions of higher education. All courses are offered on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas and conducted by the distinguished instructors and professors from the school.
For the credit-Chinese courses, please click this link for more information: Credit-Chinese Courses

The Confucius Institute offers the following non-credit Chinese language courses all year-round:

  • Beginning Chinese I:
    For those who have no or very little knowledge of Chinese. The course starts with Pinyin and teaches the fundamentals of pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. It also covers basic knowledge of Chinese culture and history, an indispensable part of studying the language. After completion of this course, students will read and write about 150 Chinese characters, master some basic grammar and related knowledge to communicate with others in simple words and phrases. It’s also designed for those who are preparing for HSK Test Level 1 and want to pass the test with a high score
    Duration: 1.5 hours/session, total 30 hours. Cost: $270.

  • Beginning Chinese II:
    This course is a continuation of Beginning Chinese I. It further teaches Chinese pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar essentials, starts to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will read simple texts and use short sentences to express themselves. Broader knowledge of Chinese culture is introduced. After completion of this course, students will master about 300 Chinese characters, basic sentence patterns and most grammar, and be able to communicate with others in short phrases on common topics. The course is also designed for those who are preparing for HSK Test Level 2 and want to pass the test with a high score.
    Duration: 1.5 hours/session, total 30 hours. Cost: $270.

  • Intermediate Chinese I:
    For those who have mastered about 300 Chinese characters, basic grammar and common cultural knowledge of Chinese, or have the language proficiency equivalent to HSK Test Level 2. It focuses more on building skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students start to do extensive conversations and reading comprehension, write complete sentences, and practice appropriate use of idiomatic expressions. A broad aspect of Chinese culture and history is introduced. After completion of this course, students will master about 600 Chinese characters, most grammar and cultural knowledge of Chinese. They will be able to communicate well with others on familiar topics of daily life. The course is also designed for those who are preparing for HSK Test Level 3 and want to pass the test with high scores.
    Duration: 1.5 hours/session, Total: 30 hours, Cost: $275.

  • Intermediate Chinese II:
    This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. It further focuses on building skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students start to do compound conversations and reading comprehension, write short passages, and use more idiomatic expressions to express themselves. A large amount and wide range of cultural knowledge is introduced. After completion of this course, students will master about 1200 Chinese characters, all common grammar and the cultural knowledge to communicate fluently with native speakers on familiar topics of daily life. The course is also designed for those who are preparing for HSK Test Level 4 and want to pass the test with high scores.
    Duration: 1.5 hours/session, Total: 30 hours, Cost: $275

  • Advanced Chinese I:
    This course is for those who have learned Chinese for 2-3 years and have mastered about 1000 Chinese characters and the common grammar for Chinese communication. It focuses on strengthening students’ language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing of compound and comprehensive contexts. Students start to give factual statements, read materials written in formal Chinese, and write simple essays or reports. After completion of this course, students will master about 2500 Chinese characters, be able to use a wide variety of language skills and strategies to communicate freely with native speakers, reading materials like Chinese newspapers and magazines and watching Chinese movies. A wide range of Chinese history, philosophy and other compound cultural knowledge is introduced. The course is also designed for those who are preparing for HSK Test Level 5 and want to pass the test with a high score.
    Prerequisites: Have completed Beginning and Intermediate Chinese courses, or have passed HSK Test Level 4, or have the Chinese language proficiency equivalent to HSK Test Level 4.
    Duration: 2 hours/session, Total: 30 hours, Cost: $280.

  • Advanced Chinese II:
    This course is a continuation of Advanced Chinese I. It continues to improve and strengthen students’ Chinese skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of compound and comprehensive contexts. Students will continue to accumulate vast vocabulary and widely cross-cultural knowledge to read original literary and non-literary texts on a wide range of topics. Long and complicated conversations, statements, essays and reports are involved. After completion of this course, students will master about 5000 Chinese characters, be able to effectively elaborate opinions, conduct discussions, presentations or narrations, be able to comprehend complicated contexts and write formal essays and reports. The course is also designed for those who are preparing HSK for Test Level 6 and want to pass the test with high scores.
    Prerequisites: have completed Advanced Chinese I, or have passed HSK Test Level 5, or have the Chinese language proficiency equivalent to HSK Text Level 5.
    Duration: 2 hours/session, Total: 30 hours, Cost: $280

  • Business Chinese I:
    For those who are interested in doing business with China or plan to work in China or in China’s company. The course will not only focus on developing students’ language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of business contexts, but also help students to learn and understand the business culture of China in the contemporary world. It is also designed for those who are preparing for Business Chinese Test Level 1, 2 or 3 and want to pass the tests with high scores. After completion of this course, students can communicate effectively in a contemporary Chinese business environment.
    Prerequisites: Students who register for this course must have a minimum two years of Chinese study and have passed HSK Test Level 3, or have the equivalent language proficiency of HSK Level 4.
    Duration: 2 hours/session, Total: 30 hours, Cost: $280.

  • Business Chinese II:
    Continuation of Business Chinese I. For those who are interested in doing business with China or plan to work in China or in a Chinese company. It aims to expand students’ language skills to a level that is close or equal to a native-speaker’s communication capabilities in Chinese business environment. It’s also designed for those who are preparing for Business Chinese Test Level 4, 5 or 6 and want to pass the tests with high scores. After completion of this course, students can communicate freely in a contemporary Chinese business environment.
    Prerequisites: Students who register for this class must have a minimum three years of Chinese study and have passed HSK Test Level 4, or have the equivalent language proficiency of HSK Level 4.
    Duration: 2 hours/session, total 30 hours. Cost: $280.

  • Chinese Characters and Calligraphy:
    Unlike the western writing systems, Chinese characters represent both pronunciation as well as meaning. So knowing how to pronounce a word doesn’t guarantee that one can write or understand it correctly. Another more practical reason is that the teaching of Chinese characters is often scattered through the program, without a clear structure nor a helpful clue for one to build up one’s knowledge of this rather complicated writing system. Therefore, this course is designed to learn Chinese characters in a systematic way. It focuses not only on training the students’ abilities to recognize and memorize new characters, but also help them to learn the history and culture. At the same time, hard-pen calligraphy will be introduced and practiced to help the students to learn the characters in a fun and meaning-oriented way as well as develop their skills in how to write the characters more beautifully and appreciate the beauty embedded in. No prerequisites are required for this course. Anyone who is interested in can sign up.
    Duration: 2 hours/session, total 20 hours. Cost: $200

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