香港中文大学 Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking, comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission of combining tradition with modernity and linking China with the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all corners of the world. We have over 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, of whom 3,000 come from regions outside Hong Kong.

CUHK has a beautiful 137.3-hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour and it is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong. Located north of Shatin Town, it takes less than 5 minutes to reach downtown Shatin. Kowloon and Hong Kong Island sightseeing spots are located within 40 minutes, and 20 minutes to the China Guangdong border at Lo Wu station.

The Shatin campus houses a range of facilities essential for an all-round campus experience, such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.

Founded in 1963 under the joint auspices of New Asia College and the Yale-China Association, the New Asia–Yale-in-China Chinese Language Center (CLC) became part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1974 and has been responsible for the Chinese language education of CUHK students (both local and international) ever since. In 2009, CLC became part of the Faculty of Arts under the new name “Yale-China Chinese Language Centre”.

CLC provides language training in Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese) to second/ foreign language learners and Chinese speakers. CUHK local and non-local undergraduates/ postgraduates and exchange students are served by the University Programme Section, while other learners are served by the Continuing Education Section of the Centre. The main purposes of the CLC’s language courses are to enhance the Chinese language proficiency of students for communication in daily living and for professional purposes.

University Programme Section (Regular school terms)

Putonghua as a Foreign/ Second Language 825
Cantonese as a Foreign/ Second Language 279

Continuing Education Section

Daytime Intensive Putonghua programmes 1481
Daytime Intensive Cantonese programmes 696
Part-time Putonghua programmes 549
Part-time Cantonese programmes 631

Program:

Courses are divided into four categories namely 1) Cantonese for Chinese speakers; 2) Cantonese as a foreign/ second language; 3) Putonghua for Chinese speakers; and 4) Putonghua as a foreign/ second language.

The Centre operates on a three-term system. Students may register for admission to any term.

CUHK undergraduate courses: all courses follow CUHK regulations and are accredited by the University.

Continuing education courses: programmes with reference to CUHK undergraduate courses have been framed into the sub-degree award system of CUHK, namely Foundation Certificate, Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma award programmes. These programmes are intended for the general public to study at the CUHK Shatin campus and the Jordan Learning Centre.

  • Putonghua (Standard Chinese/ Mandarin) Regular Credit-bearing Programmes

    The most systematic way to secure a foundation in Chinese as a foreign/ second language. These are the programmes where the Centre first gained its reputation since its foundation in the early 60’s. Students range from absolute beginners to trained sinologists who wish to learn a Chinese dialect or to polish their spoken Chinese. Many alumni are now holding key positions in their field.

Programme objectives:

  1. To provide all rounded Putonghua teaching to foreigners and non-native speakers of Chinese including: vocabulary, grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing with special emphasis on speaking skills; 
  2. To improve their ability to communicate in Chinese with common topics about daily life and work; 
  3. To help them to internalize basic knowledge of Putonghua sounds, grammar and vocabulary through interaction between teachers and learners;
  4. To provide fluency in communicating with correct and appropriate Putonghua through speaking practices.
  5. Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese) part-time programmes

A wise choice for busy professionals to learn Chinese language progressively.

These programmes were first launched in 2007 with less than 30 students in CUHK. They have then flourished to attract more than 250 students per school term to study in different locations. They are less intensive and possess a longer duration than the full-time programmes to achieve a similar level of proficiency.

Objectives: 1) to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese with common topics in daily life and work; 2) to help them internalize basic knowledge of Putonghua sounds, grammar and vocabulary through interaction between teachers and learners; 3) to reach an ease of communicating with correct and appropriate Putonghua through speaking practice.

  • Summer Intensive Programmes

Studying in the summer will give you plenty of time to explore unique features of Hong Kong and China. Flexible Putonghua programmes for non-native speakers range from 3 weeks to 3 months. On top of quality intensive lessons, exciting cultural activities and budget on-campus accommodation will be provided as needed. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a vibrant environment and be equipped with exotic cultural experience.

  • Putonghua Workshops

Short Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese) workshops with different themes and levels are held during the part-time programmes term break in our down town learning centre at the evening in March to April and September to October.

  • PRINCH in China (Putonghua)

“PRINCH” allows intermediate and advanced Putonghua learners to practice what they have learned in class through a variety of activities in the target culture, an approach that has been recognized by professionals and highly recommended as a most effective means to cultivate pragmatic competence of language learners. Students will be assigned to small groups led by trained teaching assistants to explore different themes in a designated city in mainland China. Themes may include arts and culture, history and traditions, government & policies, contemporary and folk culture etc. Students are expected to prepare and give oral presentation related to the visit the next day following the visit which will then be assessed by the teaching assistants and/ or the lecturer.

PRINCH in China is usually held in May during the term break between Spring and Summer. The format will be a very intensive language and culture immersion which lasts for 7 to 14 consecutive days. Former destination includes Guangzhou, Beijing, Xi’an and Yantai.

  • HSK preparatory courses

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK or Chinese Proficiency Test) is the most popular standardized test of standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. CLC offers HSK preparatory courses for HSK level 4 to 6 are provided upon demand during daytime or evening for continuing education purpose and to university students. The CLC HSK courses in combination with some other designated courses are included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. CLC is commissioned as one of the  HSK public test centres in Hong Kong.

  • Private Class

Private Putonghua Group Class

Contact:

Fong Shu Chuen Building, CUHK, Shatin,New Territories, Hong Kong, SAR

Tel: (852) 3943 6727

Fax: (852) 2603 5004

Enquiries: clc@cuhk.edu.hk

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