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Chinese Course for Staff (103)

Chinese Course for Staff (103)

Course introduction

1.         Demand for Learning Chinese

Chinese is one of the major languages in the world, and is used by about 1.4 billion people as the means of communication in daily life. As China has emerged to become an economic giant over the past decades and is playing more important roles in international affairs, people are interested in learning Chinese and understanding the Chinese culture better.

This course is designed to meet the growing demand for learning Chinese in South Africa, especially for people who have contact with China, and want to be able to understand and use the language in their communication with their Chinese friends, or those who would like to travel, study or work in China. Anyone who wishes to learn Chinese from the beginning can take the course.


2.        Contents and objectives of the course

This is a beginner’s course and is mostly conversational at the beginning. It teaches the standardized spoken Chinese (Mandarin, or putonghua, in Chinese, which means ‘the common speech’) and simplified characters that are commonly used in mainland China. It begins with the sound system (pinyin) and fundamentals of Chinese characters, and moves on to learn the most useful expressions and common characters in Chinese. After that, it covers topics of conversations in daily life, short passages of reading, with knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

The course is taught in English, but emphasis is also laid on using and practising spoken Chinese. The course is suitable for both beginners and those who have the rudimentary of Chinese.

            By the end of the course, learners should have a general understanding of the Chinese language, learn about 300 words and characters, be able to understand spoken Chinese on daily topics, and make short conversations accordingly.

            The contents of the course are: 1. the phonetics (pinyin) of Chinese and practise on pronunciation; 2. Basics of the Chinese characters (hanzi) e.g. How they are written in certain orders, and practise writing; 3. About 300 characters and word and situational dialogues in daily life situations.

            At conclusion of the course, learners are encouraged to take Level 1 of HSK (Chinese Language Proficiency Tests), which are administered by the Chinese Test Centre in Beijing, and is made available at the Confucius Institute at UCT twice a year, in June and November. The official score report serves as proof of your level of Proficiency in Chinese.


3. Details of the course:

Level A


Time: 13h00-14h00 (Tuesday)

Venue: NSAB Boardroom 501, Masingene Building, Middle Campus, UCT


Level B

Time: 13h00-14h00 (Thursday)

Venue: NSAB Boardroom 501, Masingene Building, Middle Campus, UCT


2015 Dates: following UCT 2015 academic calendar


16 Feb 2015 – 29 Mar 2015

07 Apr 2015 -20 May 2015

20 Jul 2015 -28 Aug 2015

07 Sep 2015 -20 Oct 2015


Tuition fee:

The course is free, offered by the Confucius Institute at UCT.

R100 fee for teaching materials will be requested at the beginning of each course.



Please fill in the following form then email it to


Mr Zhenyu Wang:

Tel: 021- 650 1252


3.02, Masingene Building

Middle Campus


Cape Town  7701


You can also submit the hard copies of form to Confucius Institute at UCT,


Registration begins now until 15 Feb 2015.


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