Chinese Language Programs

Professional Development Workshop Series:   The ASU Confucius Institute plays a vital role in the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture in Arizona.  We offer professional development workshops to prepare teachers of Chinese on topics such as language teaching methodology & strategies, curriculum development, AP Chinese, and student assessment.

Chinese Language Proficiency Tests:  The ASU Confucius Institute is the designated official testing site offering the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).  Both tests assess Chinese language proficiency for learners of Mandarin.  HSK is a proficiency test for adult Chinese language learners and is often compared to the English TOEFL exam, while the YCT is a Chinese proficiency test for elementary and middle-school students.

Learn Chinese: The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University offers Beginning Chinese and Individual Tutoring in Chinese.  These courses are designed for individuals to gain a basic knowledge of Mandarin.


Past Events

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

This workshop will introduce several foundational principles of assessment and describe how to implement these into everyday practice. Participants will discuss the critical scoring elements used to evaluate proficiency and will have an opportunity to practice scoring student writing samples and discussing the rating process. Time: Session 1: 9:00 am to 12:00. Session 2: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Place: EDB Room 213, Payne Hall in ASU Tempe Campus. See event poster for details.

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

In July of 2007, Dr. Handel was contacted by an editor at the American Heritage Dictionary. He was seeking help in revising and improving the etymologies for the 173 words in the dictionary that can be ultimately traced back to a Chinese origin, words like chopstick, ginkgo, and typhoon. The etymologies of these words touch on many fascinating questions concerning word history and the interaction of Chinese with other languages. In this presentation, Dr. Handel will give examples of some of the words in the dictionary with Chinese etymologies, and discuss the delights and challenges that they present to the etymologist. A handout listing 25 etymologies will be circulated before the presentation; attendees are encouraged to examine it beforehand and bring questions and comments for discussion. Download event flyer and Dr. Handel’s handout for his talk.