Certificate in Chinese Language Courses

The Certificate Course in Chinese Language may be taken in the Putonghua stream or the Cantonese stream. In the 2021/22 academic year, we will run the second-year classes (Cantonese 2 and Putonghua 2)  for three terms, 15 hours per week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. The course also incorporates a variety of cultural visits such as local style restaurants, markets or museums, bringing students to the target language venues and neighborhoods in the city, guide them utilizing the language in a real-world context.

The courses are intended for those whose mother tongue is not Chinese. They are taught by experienced teachers, who are native speakers of Chinese.

Academic Terms (2020 – 21) (Provisional)

Term 1   01.09.2021 (Wed) – 03.12.2021 (Fri)

Term 2   03.01.2022 (Mon) – 01.04.2022 (Fri)

Term 3   11.04.2022 (Mon) – 08.07.2022 (Fri)

Examination Period:  04.07.2022 (Mon) – 08.07.2022 (Fri)#

# Examinations may take place in the afternoons.

Class Suspension Period for The Lunar New Year:

01.02.2022 (Tue) – 07.02.2022 (Mon)


The Certificate Examination is held at the end of the curriculum.  It consist of written papers and oral tests.


Both Putonghua stream and Cantonese stream consist of the following curriculum, providing balanced training in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese.

Year Two
  1. Listening Comprehension II

    This course helps students understand different situational conversations, weather reports, news, advertisements and announcements from media, radio and television.


  2. Topical Discussions

    This course gives students further practice in sentence patterns and natural expressions, storytelling, and enhances their communication skills. Students engage in discussions on special topics ranging from social issues to beliefs and practices in Chinese culture.


  3. Reading and Writing II

    This course helps students enrich their vocabulary through an intensive study of modern written texts and to master sentence structure and grammar of Chinese. It also provides training in writing well-structured essays and creative pieces as well as writing on practical subjects.


  4. Newspaper Readings

    This course equips students with the basic skills for reading newspaper articles and enhances their reading comprehension. Specialized terms for various news topics are introduced.

  1. Listening Comprehension I

    In this course, drills on sounds and tones as well as simple situational dialogues will help students examine the problems that foreign learners commonly have in understanding the language and expand their range of expressions.


  2. Spoken Practice

    This course aims at enhancing the student’s ability to cope with conversations in everyday situations. The main activities include accurate pronunciation and tones, the practice of sentence patterns and drills of the Romanization system. Students will be trained to use pin-yin in Putonghua stream, and the Jyutping system for Cantonese stream.


  3. Reading and writing I

    Students learn basic sentence patterns and grammar in modern standard Chinese. About 1,000 commonly-used Chinese characters are introduced. Students are taught how to use Chinese dictionaries and online applications for learning Chinese characters. Composition will be offered in the third term. It helps students develop their ability to write simple paragraphs before moving on to 200-character essays.