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Chinese Language Courses

CCS will offer two levels of Chinese Language Course in 2017 winter:

HSK Level 1 Chinese

Students who take HSK Level 1 Chinese will be able to understand basic language materials related to common personal and daily life. They can retell, recite and copy words or sentences with fair accuracy and can write words or sentences following example.

HSK Level 2 Chinese

Students who take HSK Level 2 will be able to understand and master basic language materials related to common personal and daily life. They will master basic sentence structures, make simple sentences, provide simple descriptions, and exchange some basic information.

Students taking the Chinese Language Course 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 instructor’s guidance. They will gain introductory Chinese cultural knowledge, preliminary cross-cultural competence and international perspectives.

Course Outcome

  1. These two courses are designed to give students a good command of spoken and written Chinese and an introduction to Chinese culture and civilization. Students will learn 150 characters and 150 vocabulary words in HSK Level 1 Chinese, and another 150 characters and 150 vocabulary words in HSK Level 2 Chinese. Students will learn how to type and recognize characters, rather than writing characters. It is much easier than you imagined!
  2. Students who take these courses will challenge HSK[1] (Chinese Proficiency Test) level 1 or 2 and receive the international certificate for Chinese Proficiency.  Students who are able to pass the HSK Level I can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to expand their Chinese language studies. Students who are able to pass the HSK Level 2 will have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  3. Participants in these courses will have the opportunity to participate in the Chinese Bridget Competition[2] in 2017 spring.

Course Prerequisites

Invitees: ALL CUE students, faculty, staff and public learners.
Registration: Directly with Dr. Xinxin Fang (Xinxin.fang@concordia.ab.ca)

Course Fee

(1)These courses are free for CUE students, staff and faculty.

(2) For public learners from outside of CUE, please click here for course tuition payment:


Course Hours

21 hours — 1.5 hours/week, for 14 weeks, starting 11 January, until 12 April.

Class Schedule

HSK Level 1 Chinese –Thursday:  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
HSK Level 2 Chinese –Wednesday: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Credit value



HSK Level 1 Chinese — Dr. Xinxin Fang, Director for CCS
HSK Level 2 Chinese — Dr. Xinxin Fang, Director for CCS

Location and Contact

Classroom: HA010, CUE
E-mail: xinxin.fang@concordia.ab.ca
Office Hours: Please feel free to stop by HA 107 (Welcome Center) anytime.

Additional Contacts and Services

Academic Support
Student Life and Learning
Email:  studentlife@concordia.ab.ca
Phone:  (780) 479-9241
Office:  HA114
Vice President International and Research: Dr. Manfred Zeuch
Email:  manfred.zeuch@concordia.ab.ca
Phone:  (780) 479-9329
Office:  HA232
Schedule of Events (such as HSK test and Chinese Festival Celebration): Will be provided to learners but is subject to change if the instructor or program director deems necessary and is in the best interests of the students.

[1] 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 and 2 is equivalent to A1 and 2 level in CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

[2] 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.