Courses

Chinese student writing Chinese characters

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) offers a range of courses for people with either a personal or a professional interest in Chinese language and/or culture.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury offers beginners, intermediate and advanced classes in Mandarin Chinese. These courses are an opportunity to improve your ability to communicate in Chinese, whether you are a total beginner or reasonably fluent. The learning environment is fun and relaxed. All of the teachers are native speakers of Chinese. For more information, please contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe. Her contact details are below.

Please note: Beginners 1, 2, 3 and 4 are different levels. If you have never studied Chinese before, you need to begin with Beginners 1.

Students need to register for these classes online. 

2018 Term 4 Confucius Institute Course Descriptions (PDF, 1.04MB)

Online Registration Form

If you would like email confirmation that registrations have opened, please email rosa-jane.whitcombe@canterbury.ac.nz and ask to be added to the list.

Courses: Start date End date Room                         Time
Chinese Beginners 1 15 Oct 2018 17 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 443 Monday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm

Chinese Beginners 2
(not the same as Beginners 1)

17 Oct 2018 19 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 111 Wednesday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Beginners 3
(not the same as Beginners 1)
18 Oct 2018 20 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 315 Thursday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm

Chinese Beginners 4
(not the same as Beginners 1)

15 Oct 2018 17 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 111 Monday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 1 16 Oct 2018 18 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 121 Tuesday evenings 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 2 15 Oct 2018 17 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 101 Monday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 4 17 Oct 2018 19 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 121 Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Advanced 2 17 Oct 2018 19 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 101 Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Continuing 1 18 Oct 2018 20 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 111 Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Continuing 5 16 Oct 2018 18 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 101 Tuesday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Continuing Chinese 10 18 Oct 2018 20 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 441 Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese for Youth 
(Ilam School)
15 Oct 2018 17 Dec 2018 Ilam School Monday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Chinese for Youth 
(University of Canterbury)
15 Oct 2018 17 Dec 2018 Ilam School Monday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Tai Chi 18 Oct 2018 20 Dec 2018 Jack Erskine 101 Thursday evenings 6.00 - 7.00pm

Fees: 
All terms consist of 10 sessions. We cannot refund course fees for non-attendance.

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels $180
  • Advanced levels $220
  • Continuing levels $250
  • Tai Chi and Martial Arts $120

For term 4, courses on Monday have had their prices adjusted to take account of Labour Day.

2018 Term 4 Confucius Institute Course Descriptions (PDF, 1.04MB)

Online Registration Form

Enrolments close on Monday 22 October 2018 although late entries are often accepted.

Contact Person: Rosa-Jane Whitcombe
Phone: 03 369 4399
Email: confucius-institute@canterbury.ac.nz

The Chinese language has its own unique writing system made up of characters or 汉字. They were created about five thousand years ago. There are over 60 000 unique characters but only about 4,000 – 5,000 are used in everyday life. The Chinese writing system is used in China and other Chinese speaking regions such as Singapore. The characters not only serve a practical purpose as the writing system for the Chinese language, but writing them has also become an independent branch of art.

There are two Chinese calligraphy classes each week. Changming Pan teaches both of them..

Class times:

Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm every Tuesday

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm every Thursday

Both courses are held in Room 401 of the Logie Building.

Each class is $5.00 to cover the cost of materials.

Advance registration is required. New students can join at any time.

Please contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at rosa-jane.whitcombe@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 369 4399 for enrolment.

Tai Chi classes are held on Thursday evenings at the university. You can register and pay for the courses online.

Term 1: 8 February to 12 April 2018
Term 2: 3 May to 5 July 2018
Term 3: 26 July to 27 September 2018
Term 4: 18 October to 20 December 2018

ONLINE REGSITRATION FORM

Tai Chi is a proven method of stress reduction and relaxation. It integrates the external or physical and the meditative internal. It improves balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. It is gentle enough to be accessible to people of every ability level but can be demanding enough to provide a significant challenge to the professional athlete.

For more information, contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at rosa-jane.whitcombe@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 03 369 4399.

The Chinese Tea House is an opportunity for anyone to come and practise speaking Chinese with a native speaker or to learn more about Chinese culture. The Tea House also provides a space for everyone to experience Chinese culture first hand. It is offered by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury and is open to everyone – staff, students and the general public included.

Chinese Tea House is held on every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year unless the university is closed for public holidays  All UC staff and students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture are welcome to participate.

Time Venue
12.00—1.00pm every Tuesday Room 401, Logie Building
12.00—1.00pm every Thursday  Room 401, Logie Building