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

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 .

Sunday, July 15, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, July 29, 2012 (All day)

The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is a Chinese language and culture camp sponsored by the Confucius Institute (CI) Headquarters in Beijing.

The ASU CI has been entrusted by the CI Headquarters to accept applications from students in Arizona to participate in the 2012 Hanban Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. During this two week program, participants will live in a local school in a province (Jilin, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Henan, Guangxi or Fujian) for 9 days, where they will study basic Chinese and attend cultural activities. They will spend the last 5 days in Beijing where they will have some sightseeing opportunities and attend the closing ceremony of the camp.

The cost of the camp include round-trip airfare from Phoenix to Beijing, cost for international medical insurance and fee for China visa application. All local expenses in China including tuition, domestic travel and transportation, room and board will be covered by Hanban/CI Headquarters.

Application Deadline: March 26, 2012. Click for application.

Power Point Presentation on Beijing presented at Hanban Summer Camp Pre-Departure Meeting:

Power Point Presentation on Hangzhou presented at Hanban Summer Camp Pre-Departure Meeting:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (All day) - Wednesday, August 8, 2012 (All day)

ASU CI collaborates with Sichuan University and ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) to offer an intensive 8-week summer Chinese language program at Sichuan University. For more information about this program and CI Fellowships, contact Fannie Tam at

Application: Jenny Fisher in ASU’s Center for Global Education Services at Visit about the application process and program deadline.

Program poster, click attached.

Fellowship support and travel grant: ASU students can apply for summer fellowships from the ASU Confucius Institute, click here for application. The information on travel grant and other scholarships can be found on Click “ASU Students” then “Financing your Study Abroad”.