The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) offers a free Chinese Language Course for students, staff and faculty, from September 7th – December 7th, 2016. Classes are on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in S302.
The CCS encourages CUE students, faculty and staff to study the Chinese language, be involved in intercultural discussions, and develop cross cultural competencies.
The course is designed for 1.5 hours/week * 14 weeks= 21 hours which is the length of time that could enable learners to pass HSK exam level 1 (international standardized Chinese Proficiency Exam).
Standard Chinese is a standardized form of spoken Chinese based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. It is the official language of China spoken by a quarter of the population in the world, as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The written form of standard language (中文; Zhōngwén), is based on the pictography, or logograms known as Chinese characters (汉字; Hànzì).
The free Chinese language course is for students whose first language is other than Chinese. Learners taken this free course will be able to understand basic language materials related to common personal and daily life. They will retell, recite and copy words or sentences with fair accuracy and will write words or sentences following the example. They will begin to develop interest and confidence in learning the Chinese language. They will acquire preliminary knowledge of learning strategies, communicative strategies, resource strategies and interdisciplinary strategies under the teacher’s guidance. They will gain introductory Chinese cultural knowledge and acquire preliminary cross-cultural competence and international perspectives.
 The HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK level 1 is equivalent to A1 level in CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
 The "Chinese Bridge" Competition is a large-scale international contest and show on Chinese language and talents. It is well-known in the cultural and educational exchanges worldwide.