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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 4:30pm - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (All day) - Thursday, March 30, 2017 (All day)
Beginning Chinese 1
 Tuesdays4:30 - 6:30 p.m. / January 24 to March 28, 2017 / West Hall 240, ASU Tempe Campus

Beginning Chinese 1a
Thursdays4:30 - 6:30 p.m. /January 26 to March 30, 2017 / West Hall 240, ASU Tempe Campus

Beginning Chinese Class 1a is designed for people who have completed Beginning Chinese 1 offered by the ASU Confucius Institute. 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 9:30am - 2:30pm

The ASU Confucius Institute invited people to join the Post-ACTFL Conference Workshop on Sunday, January 22, 2017 in ASU Memorial Union. Twelve presenters who attended the ACTFL Conference in Boston shared the latest research on curriculum design, lesson planning, teaching strategies, and assessment developments.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

The Buddy Day offered high school students the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the Chinese culture. This cultural day consisted of exploring China’s numerous local dialects, testing Chinese cultural knowledge in a team Quizbowl game and voting for your favorite student videos in a special Buddy Day video competition. In addition, well-known artist Hong Liang demonstrated beautiful Chinese calligraphy for all students. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00am - Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Attendees learned about student performance and instructional strategies for AP Chinese from guest speakers Dr. T. Richard Chi, Professor Emeritus of Chinese language and linguistics in the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah, Ms. Lisa Podbilski, World Language Department Chair and Upper School Chinese teacher at Louisville Collegiate School, and Ms. Marilyn Mi, Mandarin Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Specialist in the Department of Dual language at the Portland Public Schools. The three guest speakers all have experiences and shared insight on how to use authentic materials and strategies to design instruction, enrich learning, and improve student performance. This event was free and all the meals were covered by the conference sponsors. Deadline to register was October 10, 2016, please RSVP to For more information about speakers please click here

October 29, 2016 / Saturday / 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Day 1 Highlights

• K-12 Articulation: Instructional Strategies in teaching Chinese language and culture

• Effective Thinking Strategies and Cultural Preparation in Chinese classrooms

• Successful Transitions through Curriculum Articulation and Alignment

Ways to Improve Student Performance in AP Chinese exam

October 30, 2016 / Saturday / 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Day 2 Highlights

How to Use Authentic Materials to Design Instruction & Enrich Learning

How to Use Activities to Improve Student Outputs

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:30am - 11:30am

ASU Confucius Institute presented the Elementary and Secondary winning model teaching videos of the “Innovation in Teaching” Competition. The program not only discussed the video content, lesson plans, and teaching PowerPoints of winning videos, but also shared resources for planning instruction and professional development. It was a great opportunity to interact and share ideas with other Chinese teachers across the valley. The Elementary Video Discussion was “How to Enhance Mandarin Speaking Skills in Daily Class” by Kathy Cabizo from Gavilan Peak Elementary School and the Secondary Video Discussion was “Structure and Deliver Lessons to Increase Students’ Chinese Reading and Speaking Proficiency” by Jen Smetanick from Phoenix Basis School. For more information, please click here.