2 Courses Required


The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte is proud to offer a non-credit community-based Chinese language and culture course to those who are interested in learning about China and Chinese society. The Introductory Chinese Certificate is a two-course sequence designed for adults interested in oral communication in Chinese for personal or professional purposes. Students completing this certificate will be prepared to reach the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Novice High Level proficiency on listening and speaking. Novice high level of Chinese speakers can understand simple questions, statements, and high-frequency commands. They can communicate on highly predictable everyday topics with oral output in the form of short and discrete sentences. Students successfully completing this certificate will also gain insights on the basic grammatical structure of Chinese language, and be confident to continue studying Chinese language either on their own or with Confucius Institutes’ offerings.

Chinese I

  • Greetings and self-introduction
  • Appearance descriptions
  • Family unit and hometown
  • Cities in China

Chinese II

  • Schedules and time
  • Shopping and currency
  • Sports and other hobbies
  • Dining and etiquette

Successful students will have a proficiency level of understanding Chinese. They can complete Chinese 1 and Chinese 2 sequentially or by direct entry to Chinese 2 through successful completion of an oral placement test.

Language targets for both courses are provided in the syllabi and students will be able to check their progress with the weekly language objective goals. Students will receive an evaluation on their oral Chinese performance at the end of Chinese 1. Students completing Chinese 2 are encouraged to take part in a mock Oral Proficiency Interview with the Confucius Institute instructors.

Individual Tutoring - 30-minute weekly individual tutoring sessions via video conferencing tools (i.e. FaceTime, Google Hangout, Skype). Students will receive tailored training on their pronunciation and dialogue ability.

Subsidized group trip to China organized by the Confucius Institute - The subsidy includes in-China domestic travel between the three cities, lodging and admission tickets. It does not include travel to and from China. Students must apply to be eligible.

Experienced native speakers - All courses are taught by experienced teachers and/or native speakers of Chinese.

Expert-curated curriculum - Instructional materials and topics have been reviewed by the Confucius Institute's Faculty Advisory Council, composed of UNC Charlotte faculty. Exemplary students will be invited to participate in Chinese III

Additional Details


Students who complete the Introductory Chinese Course Series and meet all of the requirements will be prepared to pass the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, Chinese Proficiency Exam) level 1 with ease.

Contact the Confucius Institute for more information about registration and preparation for the HSK.

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Partnership Information
The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte is an academic and cultural collaborative between UNC Charlotte and Shanxi University in China with support from the Confucius Institute Headquarter.
Aspiring to become a leading organization to promote bilateral understanding and to build bridges between Charlotte and China, the Confucius Institute is committed to:
  • Building connections with language and culture learning
  • Fostering cooperation with creative academic and outreach programs
  • Strengthening community with dialogues and understanding
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