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 9, 2013 (All day) - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (All day)

The 15-day residential program provides students an opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge in Chinese language and culture through a highly structured curriculum. During the program, students will receive Chinese language instruction and participate in fun, hands-on cultural activities. The program boasts a living-learning setting where participants will gain first-hand college life experience.   The camp is for current 8-12th grade Arizona high school students, whose proficiency level of Chinese language ranges from zero to intermediate.  Tuition, room, meals, instructional materials, and field trip are FREE and will be covered by the STARTALK grant. 

ONLY accepted applicants will pay $150 non-refundable program fee upon acceptance of the program. 

The application deadline for this program is Friday, April 5.  For information about the program and the application process, visit Startalk Application. For other inquiries, please contact us at    

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (All day)

ASU Confucius Institute will host the Third Chinese Speech Competition in conjunction with the SILC Language Fair on March 19.  High School students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in Chinese and compete with other high school students of the same level.  This competition is open to students from Novice to Intermediate levels of Chinese.  For more information, contact Wenjing Xie at

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

Dr. Deng Lin gave a talk "Look up and look down: How do we decipher the demonstrative system in classical Chinese?" at ASU Tempe Campus for ASU faculty and students.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 9:00am - Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 4:00pm

In this workshop, participants will learn about techniques in designing an effective four year high school curriculum to maximize students’ proficiency. Ms. Michelle We-Cheng is the presenter of this workshop. Michelle is an experienced secondary school teacher who is also the master teacher for our Arizona Secondary School Curriculum group since 2011. She will share her curriculum design approaches and strategies for combining proficiency-based and achievement-based assessments.

Seats are limited, RSVP today with Grace Xie at

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 (All day) - Saturday, December 8, 2012 (All day)

Session I: Oct. 9 to December 4 (Tues)

Session II: Oct. 13 to December 8 (Sats)

The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University now offers Beginning Chinese and Individual Tutoring in Chinese.  Beginning Chinese I is designed for individuals with little or no exposure to Chinese. It is an 8-week course with one class session per week and is a non-credit Chinese language class.  This class covers topics related to business, travel and general communication. For more information, click .