Course Information

Courses at our center are separated into four quarters:
 Spring Quarter: March~May
 Summer Quarter: June~August
 Fall Quarter: September~November
 Winter Quarter: December~February

Class Time: 9:00 a.m ~ 12:00 p.m. every weekday
Students can engage in self-study or explore the beauty of Taiwan during their free time.

Teaching Materials and Contents
At the Center, we use Modern Chinese as our text book. The series is divided into five levels. In addition, teachers will use various supplementary materials in class. As a rule, one lesson from the textbook will be covered every week, but this can be adjusted according to the pace of the teacher. Students are expected to learn between eight to ten lessons per quarter.
Every session comprises modules on vocabulary, grammar, oral comprehension, and semantic analysis, but will also leave some time for more free-ranging discussion of the topics at hand. Classes also incorporate video and audio materials to help students apply what they learn in class to their daily life in Taiwan. Homework and exams will be used to assess learning outcomes.  

Class Size
To maintain the quality of instruction, we implement small class teaching, with 6-16 students in each class. Small classes not only ensure a comfortable learning environment but also provide ample opportunities for students to interact with their peers and teachers. This allows our students to quickly improve their Chinese ability.
For students who have studied Chinese in the past, it is important to select courses at an appropriate level. At NCHU’s Language Center, we provide 3 ways to help you make the right choice:

For students who have not entered Taiwan, we provide an online test to assess your Chinese proficiency and arrange suitable classes based on the test result.

 We invite students who are already in Taiwan to take a placement test at the Language Center. This will help us get an idea of your level.

 After the placement test, students can join two sessions for free, providing you with an opportunity to see whether the class and the textbook meets your needs and expectations. If they do not, you can switch classes.

We separate our classes into 8 levels.
The estimated study time to complete a level is 180 hours.
For grading standards and required proficiency, please refer to the table below:

※The course progress is for reference only, the actual progress may vary depending on the teaching situation.

Course Course Progress
Major Text Book “Modern Chinese”
Course Content and Objects Course Remark Cumulative
Level 1 【Book 1】
Hanyu Pinyin - Lesson 8
1. Learn Chinese Pinyin, greetings in daily life and simple self-introduction.
2. Learn the terms of quantity, inquiry and ordering; to express basic needs, preferences, and make simple evaluations.
3. Can describe the location of items, the use of transportation from one place to another and one’s purpose.
4. Attain more than 271 words and more than 40 types of syntax.
This course is suitable for beginners or those with less than 180 hours of study. 300 Band A (Level 1) Level 1、2 Novice-low A1
Level 2 【Book 1】
Lesson 9 - Lesson 16
1. Can describe body parts, related emotions and health conditions.
2. Express interpersonal relationships and describe the process and feelings of meeting new friends.
3. Talk about work, mobile phone use, New Year activities, zodiac signs and festivals.
4. Introduce the characteristics of the tourist location and its geographical environment
5. Attain more than 312 words and more than 36 types of syntax.
1. This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 180 hours, HSK Level 2 or ACTFL Novice-low.
2. Students who have completed this course may apply for TOCFL Band A (Level 1).
600 Band A (Level 1) Level 3 Novice-mid A1
Level 3 【Book 2】
Lesson 1 - Lesson 10

1. Use expression "bǎ"

2. Discuss topics such as rental conditions and hygiene in living environment.
3. Learn the topics of night market culture, leisure and entertainment, travel, consumer culture, etc., and make a brief introduction and comparison.
4. Describe the experience of studying abroad and express opinions on learning, examinations, fitness, sports and other activities.
5. Attain more than 554 words and more than 91 types of syntax.
This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 360 hours, TOCFL Band A (Level 1), HSK Level 3, ACTFL Novice-mid, or CEFR A1. 1200 Band A (Level 2 Level 3-4 Novice-high A2
Level 4 【Book 2】
Lesson 11 - Lesson 16
【Book 3】
Lesson 1 – Lesson 5
1. Discuss issues and experiences related to college life, such as departments, student clubs, part-time jobs, and online shopping.
2. Learn to express gratitude, worship, indecision, regret, pity, and other delicate emotional expressions.
3. State the advantages and disadvantages of two things in an orderly manner and give examples, summarize and express opinions and then make suggestions.
4. Can clearly describe the disaster scenario. Learn how to use warnings and reminders
5. Attain more than 636 words and more than 73 types of syntax.
1. This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 540 hours, TOCFL Band A (Level 2), HSK Level 3, ACTFL Novice-high, or CEFR A2.
2. Students who have completed this course may apply for TOCFL Band A (Level 2).
2000 Band A (Level 2) - Band B (Level 3) Level 4 Intermediate-low A2-B1
Level 5 【Book 3】
Lesson 6 – Lesson 16
1. Learn expressions such as invitation, persuasion, request, refusal, and rhetorical question.
2. Discuss topics such as fast fashion, job interviews, cloud technology, historical sites, food crisis, etc.
3. Can clearly orally and verbally describe a phenomenon, analyze its impact on the public, and express opinions.
4. Can summarize current events and criticize from different aspects.
5. Attain more than 659 words and more than 64 types of syntax.
1. This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 720 hours, TOCFL Band A (Level 2), HSK Level 4, ACTFL Intermediate-low、or CEFR A2.
2. Students who have completed this course may apply for TOCFL Band B (Level 3).
2500 Band B (Level 3) Level 4-5 Intermediate-mid B1
Level 6 【Book 4】
Lesson 1 – Lesson 11
1. Analyze and comment on issues related to environmental protection, cultural activities, pressure issues, education system, wedding customs, etc., and put forward opinions and suggestions for improvement.
2. Learn and use idioms, sayings and news terms.
3. Be able to discuss the above topics in a complete and clear logical and formal style, and use narrative and argumentative styles to write essays.
4. Attain more than 785 words and more than 76 types of syntax.
This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 900 hours, TOCFL Band B (Level 3), HSK Level 4, ACTFL Intermediate-mid、or CEFR B1. 3500 Band B (Level 4) Level 5 Intermediate-high B2
Level 7 【Book 4】
Lesson 12 – Lesson 16
【Book 5】(Teacher’s Choice)
Lesson 1 – Lesson 6

1. Discuss issues related to youth employment, artificial intelligence, history, news, etc., clearly describe and evaluate.
2. Learn and use idioms, sayings and news terms.
3. Can interact fluently with native speakers.
4. Can understand and use symbolic words to discuss different topics, explain their viewpoints, and present strengths and weaknesses.
5. Attain more than 846 words and more than 76 types of syntax.
1. This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 1080 hours, TOCFL Band B (Level 3), HSK Level 5, ACTFL Intermediate-high、or CEFR B2.
2. Students who have completed this course may apply for TOCFL Band B (Level 4).
5000 Band B (Level 4)- Band C (Level 5) Level 6 Advanced-low B2-C1
Level 8 【Book 5】(Teacher’s Choice)
Lesson 7 – Lesson 16
1. Can use Chinese flexibly and effectively on professional topics.
2. Able to understand difficult long texts and identify hidden meanings.
3. Can write well-structured discourses with proper style on complex topics.
4. Attain more than 800 words.
This course is suitable for learners of combined study of 1260 hours, TOCFL Band B (Level 4), HSK Level 6, ACTFL Advanced-low、or CEFR B2. 7000 UP Band C (Level 5)   Advanced-mid C1
Hands-on Cultural Activities
The most popular course at our center involves students participating in a variety of cultural activities based on the seasons of the Lunar calendar and elements of traditional culture.
The activities include: writing Spring couplets, guessing lantern riddles, making fragrant sachets, Chinese knotting, Chinese painting, pottery, maccrame, Mahjong, etc. These activities will not only teach you about the beauty of traditional Chinese culture, but also allow you to experience it firsthand.

 2024 Spring term   : 3/4~5/24
 2024 Summer term: 6/3~8/23
 2024 Autumn term : 9/2~11/22
 2024 Winter term   : 12/2~2/21
Registration is accepted from 6 months before the start of the course.
Registration closes after the number of students is full or the course starts.