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

Sunday, June 7, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, June 21, 2015 (All day)

The 15-day residential program provided students an opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge in Chinese language and culture through a highly structured curriculum. During the program, students received Chinese language instruction and participate in fun, hands-on cultural activities. The program boasted a living-learning setting where participants will gain first-hand college life experience. The camp was for current 8-12th graders in Arizona, whose proficiency level of Chinese language ranges from zero to intermediate.  

The application deadline for this program was April 4.  For information about the program and the application process, visit Startalk Application 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:30am

Presented by Professor Hsin-hsin Liang of University of Virginia.  This workshop presented strategies in introducing and practicing grammatical points and new vocabulary through a theme-based language teaching and learning approach.  Examples on integrating theme-based approach into curriculum design and classroom teaching were discussed to enhance language learning.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 (All day) - Thursday, May 7, 2015 (All day)

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

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (All day)

ASU Confucius Institute hosted the Fifth Chinese Speech Competition in conjunction with the SILC Language Fair on March 4 . High School students had the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in Chinese and compete with other high school students of the same level.

This competition was open to students from Novice to Intermediate levels of Chinese.

For more information, contact Wenjing Xie at

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Friday, February 13, 2015 (All day)

How can we ensure that graduates of Mandarin immersion programs demonstrate the levels of proficiency required for advanced-level study in college, or for future participation in the global workforce?

Presenter Michael Bacon highlighted a model K-12 Mandarin immersion program that has tried to answer these questions. Specifically, participants examined the best strategies to set proficiency targets at each grade level, align curriculum and instruction to those targets, and utilize regular formative and summative assessment practices.

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