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2018 Adult Chinese Language Courses

To book: trybooking.com/TPOM

We are making some changes to our Chinese Language Program in 2018.  These will provide greater continuity of learning for students as well as offering options to consolidate what has been learned and focus more on reading and writing.

We will offer two semesters per year instead of four intakes. Each semester will involve two terms of  nine weeks with a break in the middle aligned to WA school holidays. There will be 18 classes in each course.

We are also optimising the course structure to reduce the number of different levels and align more closely with international language learning systems (see Which Level below for details).

When:  Semester 1 classes commence from Monday 29 January 2018.  Semester 2 classes commence from Monday 16 July 2018. Evening classes are held from 6:30–8:30pm. Morning classes are held from 10am to 12 noon.

Minimum enrolment numbers are required to run each  class. A full refund will be made if the class cannot run due to low enrolments.

Where : All classes are held at the UWA Claremont Campus

Which level : From 2018 our class levels will be Beginners, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. There will be two semesters in each level, with an optional third semester focused on consolidating what has been learned and developing literacy.

Students may choose to progress to the next level after 2 semesters if they feel confident with the material. This will usually mean they have put in extra hours of study between classes. Others may feel that 18 months is a more achievable time frame to embed the knowledge and these individuals will choose the Consolidation option. The Consolidation courses will also be useful for students with some knowledge of Chinese, or who are returning to Chinese study after a long break.

For a free placement test over the phone please contact us via email confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au or phone (08) 6488 6888.

New levels Previous levels
Beginner 1A Level 1
Beginner 1B Level 2
Beginner 2A Level 3
Beginner 2B Level 4
Beginner Consolidation
Elementary 1A Level 5
Elementary 1B Level 6
Elementary 2A Level 7
Elementary 2B Level 8
Elementary Consolidation
Intermediate 1A Level 9
Intermediate 1B Level 10
Intermediate 2A Level 11
Intermediate 2B Level 12
Intermediate Consolidation
Advanced 1 Level 13, 14
Advanced 2 Level 15, 16 +

Timetable:

Mon Tue Wed Thur
Beginner 1A Beginner 1B Beginner 2A Beginner 2B
Elementary 1A Elementary 1B Elementary 2A Elementary 2B
Intermediate 1A Intermediate 1B Intermediate 2A Intermediate 2B
Beginner Consolidation Elementary Consolidation Intermediate Consolidation Advanced 1
 Advanced 2

Pricing (18 Week Course): $530 Adults (includes textbooks) $500 Continuing students $460 Concession holders / UWA staff.

Please contact us if cashflow is a consideration and you wish to discuss a payment plan.

Teachers: Our teachers are native Chinese speakers and highly trained professionals.

Textbooks: All textbooks and learning resources are included in first enrolment payment.

Parking: Parking on campus is free during the evening, or $3 per day during business hours.

Public Holidays: As classes do not run on public holidays, some courses may extend beyond 9 weeks to ensure the full language program is provided.

Outlines for Chinese language courses:

Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Beginner Consolidation
Textbook: Experiencing Chinese
–  Chinese Beginner 1A Outline
–  Chinese Beginner 1B Outline
–  Chinese Beginner 2A Outline
–  Chinese Beginner 2B Outline
–  Chinese Beginner Consolidation: Review of above and Literacy Level 1

Elementary 1, Elementary 2, Elementary Consolidation
Textbook: Experiencing Chinese (Advanced)
–  Chinese Elementary 1A Outline
–  Chinese Elementary 1B Outline
–  Chinese Elementary 2A Outline
–  Chinese Elementary 2B Outline
–  Chinese Elementary Consolidation: Review of above and Literacy Level 2

Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Intermediate Consolidation
Textbook: Contemporary Chinese Book 3
–  Chinese Intermediate 1A Outline
–  Chinese Intermediate 1B Outline
–  Chinese Intermediate 2A Outline
–  Chinese Intermediate 2B Outline

Advanced 1, Advanced 2
Textbook: Contemporary Chinese Book 4

School Holiday Chinese Cultural Activities for Children – 22-25 January 2018

Book online : trybooking.com/TPHA 

Creative, affordable, interesting and educational activities for primary school children aged 6-12 years during school holidays.

Join us for a week of hands-on holiday fun during school holidays. Sign up for a morning, a full day or the entire week – every day will be different.

Each morning children can take part in a different Chinese cultural activity.

In the afternoons children will enjoy time outdoors playing Chinese games, learning Tai Chi, and burning off some energy on the lawn in front of our building.

Toward the end of each day the children can wind down watching a Chinese film or cartoon and then learn a few words of Chinese while talking together about the show.

Our staff all have professional teaching expertise, special artistic skills and official Working With Children check certifications.

Cost: $50 per child for full day (including all activity materials, bottled water, morning and afternoon-tea snack) OR $30 per child for morning activity only (including all activity materials, bottled water, and morning-tea snack). Children bring own lunch. Only 20 spots per day available.

“Confucianism: Values and Democracy” A China in Conversation Event

Illustration: Manny Francisco, ‘Can Confucianism save the world?’ The Strait Times

6pm Thursday 19 October 2017,
The University Club of WA

Chinese political leaders and intellectuals continue to struggle with how ‘Chinese values’ fit with ‘universal values’ and by extension, global institutions. Is there a single global modernity that perhaps China can shape? Or are there multiple modernities and multiple, perhaps competitive, values that political systems aspire to?

In the past, debates have focused on the question of whether Confucianism is in conflict or compatible with democracy. However, these debates are increasingly becoming more complex in response to new political and social forces and new questions concerning the relationship between democracy and Confucianism.

Click here to listen to the recording of the conversation and see how Confucianism and democracy are shaping our understanding of China today.

SPEAKERS:

 何包钢  Baogang He is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia.

Professor He graduated with a PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, and has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratisation and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China. His co-authored paper on authoritarian deliberation is now in the top 1% of the most cited articles in the Social Science Citation Index.

His publications are found in top journals including the British Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Peace Research, Political Theory, and Perspectives on Politics. In addition, he has published 3 books, 15 book chapters and 63 journal papers in Chinese. Professor He has also held several honorary appointments and research fellowships at renowned universities including Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Columbia University, Leiden and Sussex University.

梅约翰  John Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University and President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Professor Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history, he has a particular interest in Confucian thought throughout Chinese history and, in more recent years, in the influence of Buddhist thought on pre-modern and modern Confucian philosophy.

Educated in Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan, he has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Makeham is a recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize and the Special Book Award of China, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Emeritus Professor at ANU.

This event was presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with the UWA Law School.

Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

Bottom Right Image L-R: Dr Brenda McGivern, Deputy Dean ABLE Community Engagement, UWA;  Professor John Makeham, La Trobe University; Dr Xianlin Song, Director Confucius Institute at UWA; and Professor Baogang He from Deakin University.

School Holiday Chinese Cultural Activities for Children

Creative, affordable, interesting and educational activities for primary school children aged 6-12 years during the October school holidays.

Join us for a week of hands-on holiday fun this October school holidays. Sign up for a morning, a full day or the entire week – every day will be different.

Each morning children can take part in a different Chinese cultural activity.

In the afternoons children will enjoy time outdoors playing Chinese games, learning Tai Chi, and burning off some energy on the lawn in front of our building.
Toward the end of each day the children can wind down watching a Chinese film or cartoon and then learning a few words of Chinese while talking together about the show.
Our staff all have professional teaching expertise, special artistic skills and official Working With Children check certification.

School Holiday Program
2–6 October 2017

These activities will be happening in the mornings:
Monday, 2 October – Chinese bracelet making
Tuesday, 3 October – Chinese lantern painting and decoration
Wednesday, 4 October – Chinese paper cutting and poster making
Thursday, 5 October – Chinese kite making and decoration
Friday, 6 October – Chinese fan painting and decoration

Cost
$50 per child for full day (including all activity materials, bottled water, morning and afternoon-tea snack) OR
$20 per child for morning activity only (including all activity materials, bottled water, and morning-tea snack)

Book online : trybooking.com/SBCG  (Only 20 places per day offered)

October school holiday program

Language and Culture Courses for Intake 4 2017

Intake 4 language courses open NOW

To book: https://www.trybooking.com/OPZC

When  Intake 4 classes commence from Monday 9th October 2017 and run once a week for nine weeks. Evening classes are held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Morning classes are held from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Minimum enrolment numbers are required to run the class. Full refund will be made if class cannot run due to enrolment numbers.

Where  All classes are held at the UWA Claremont Campus

Which level  Our class levels range from Level 1 to level 22, for a free placement test over the phone please contact us via email confucius.institute@uwa.edu.au or phone (08) 6488 6888.

Pricing  $265 Adults (includes textbooks) $240 Continuing students $220 Concession holders / UWA staff

Teachers  Our teachers are native Chinese speakers and highly trained professionals.

Textbooks All textbooks and learning resources are included in first enrolment payment.

Parking  Parking on campus is free during the evening, or $3 per day during business hours.

Public Holidays  As classes do not run on public holidays, some courses may extend beyond 9 weeks to ensure the full language program is provided.

Outlines for Chinese language courses The textbooks for the different levels of courses: Levels 1-4: Experiencing Chinese 《体验汉语   生活篇》 Chinese Level 1 Outline      Chinese Level 2 Outline       Chinese Level 3 Outline Chinese Level 4 OutlineLevels 5-8: Experiencing Chinese  (Advanced)《体验汉语  生活篇(进阶)》 Chinese Level 5 Outline      Chinese Level 6 Outline    Chinese Level 7 Outline    Chinese Level 8 Outline   Levels 9-12: Contemporary Chinese Book 3 《当代中文》(第3册)     Chinese Level 9 Outline     Chinese Level 10 Outline     Chinese Level 11 Outline Chinese Level 12 Outline Levels 13-16: Contemporary Chinese Book 4 《当代中文》(第4册)

Chinese Literacy 中文读写课程 Chinese Literacy focuses on the practice of reading and writing the basic characters that make up half of all Chinese reading materials. The course covers strokes, radicals, single and compound characters as well as the basic knowledge of Chinese characters. After completing the four-level course, the learners will have a good command of the written Chinese language. This course may appeal to all those who have learned some basics of Chinese language.

Chinese Literacy Level 1 Outline                Chinese Literacy Level 2 Outline

Young Learner courses open NOW

To book: https://www.trybooking.com/SEZT 

Our Chinese language and culture courses for kids are designed for children aged 6-12 to develop their Chinese language skills, cultural awareness and skills by engaging kids in fun and effective, multi-intelligent, hands-on learning activities.

Zhejiang Art Academy Performance  – Tues 12th Sept 2017

To celebrate Confucius Institute Day and the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province, the Confucius Institute at UWA presents a very special performance.

The Zhejiang Art Academy is one of China’s most highly regarded performance institutions and a training ground for China’s future stars.This is the Academy’s first visit to Australia and is exclusive to Perth. This contemporary performance will feature spectacular dance, exceptional music and traditional Chinese instruments, drawing from centuries of Chinese history and folklore. There will also be a surprise take on one of our Australian rock classics.

We are honoured that Chinese Consul General Lei Kezhong and his wife Xing Chao will be attending the performance. I hope you can join us for this very special Chinese cultural experience.

Zhejiang Art Academy
Tuesday 12 September 2017
6.00-7.30pm
The Octagon Theatre, UWA

Tickets available through: http://www.ticketswa.com/event/zhejiang-art-academy
$10 Full and $5 Child/Student/Concession
$25 Family (2 Adults 2 Child/Student)

Financial Crisis and Rural Reforms in China: Implications for Australia. A China in Conversation Event

Hani rice terraces of Yuanyang, Yunnan, China  Photo: JohnPhotoSiam

6pm Thursday 10 August 2017
The University Club of WA

Reforms in land ownership and the opening up to international markets have contributed to China’s successful recovery from the financial crises experienced over the last decades.
Of significance is the shift in China’s policy towards agricultural production. With only 14% of land arable and pollution and water shortages reducing agricultural land by 2%, rural Chinese people, society and agriculture have undergone economic, production and social changes to develop a more robust economy.

Listen into the conversation by clicking here, and see how these reforms led to economic growth and how this might affect Australia’s economy and approach to agriculture in a climate of environmental and economic change.

This event was presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Listen Here

SPEAKERS:

温铁军
Professor Tiejun Wen
Executive Dean, Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability, Renmin University of China and Executive Dean of Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, and Executive Dean of The Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University.

Professor Wen is leading China’s grassroots efforts to revive rural communities and economies. He is a renowned expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies, macro-economic of south-south cooperatives, and long-term inclusive growth. He has undertaken research for the Chinese Central Government since the 1980s, and also for the World Bank, United Nations and the European Union. He is on the State Consultant Committee of Environment Protection, Policy Consultant Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, and others. He is also Independent Non Executive Director of the Agricultural Bank of China. Professor Wen has received numerous honors and awards, including the State Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1998, China Central TV Annual Award to Top 10 Economic Talents in 2003, Beijing Municipal Government Award of Outstanding Study Outcome in both 2010 and 2012; the Ministry of Education awarded him for Outstanding Contribution of Social Science Studies in 2015.

卡达博·思迪克
Professor Kadambot Siddique
Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. Professor Siddique has 30 years’ experience in agricultural research, teaching and management in both Australia and overseas.

Professor Siddique has an international reputation in agricultural science especially in the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters, is on the Editorial Board of international scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australian Agricultural Institute and Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Siddique was the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is the recipient of national and international awards including: Urrbrae Memorial Award, Member of the Order of Australia, 2014 Western Australian Year of the Award (Professions Category) and the Dunhunag Award by China’s Gansu Provincial Government.

The event included an introduction by the The Honorable Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade.

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Kent AndersonDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement)

Listen here for the recording of the event. 

Professor Kent Anderson, Professor Tiejun Wen, The Honorable Allannah MacTiernan MLC, Professor Kadambot Siddique and Dr Xianlin Song, Director of the Confucius Institute at UWA


CHINA IN CONVERSATION. ‘Confucianism: Values and Democracy’ A China in Conversation Event

Illustration: Manny Francisco, ‘Can Confucianism save the world?’ The Strait Times

6pm Thursday 19 October 2017,
The University Club of WA

Chinese political leaders and intellectuals continue to struggle with how ‘Chinese values’ fit with ‘universal values’ and by extension, global institutions. Is there a single global modernity that perhaps China can shape? Or are there multiple modernities and multiple, perhaps competitive, values that political systems aspire to?

In the past, debates have focused on the question of whether Confucianism is in conflict or compatible with democracy. However, these debates are increasingly becoming more complex in response to new political and social forces and new questions concerning the relationship between democracy and Confucianism.

Join in the conversation and see how Confucianism and democracy are shaping our understanding of China today.

REGISTER HERE

SPEAKERS:

 何包钢  Baogang He is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia.

Professor He graduated with a PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, and has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratisation and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China. His co-authored paper on authoritarian deliberation is now in the top 1% of the most cited articles in the Social Science Citation Index.

His publications are found in top journals including the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Political Theory, and Perspectives on Politics. In addition, he has published 3 books, 15 book chapters and 63 journal papers in Chinese. Professor He has also held several honorary appointments and research fellowships at renowned universities including Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Columbia University, Leiden and Sussex University.

 

梅约翰  John Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University and President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Professor Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history, he has a particular interest in Confucian thought throughout Chinese history and, in more recent years, in the influence of Buddhist thought on pre-modern and modern Confucian philosophy.

Educated in Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan, he has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Makeham is a recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize and the Special Book Award of China, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Emeritus Professor at ANU.

 

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with the UWA Law School.

Entry is free, but RSVP is essential for catering purposes.

Event to commence at 6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm.
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

Chinese Bridge 2017 Winners!

After a hotly contested competition witnessed by Mr Xu Xiao, the Minister-Counselor of Chinese Embassy, Ms Sun Anlin, Chinese Deputy Consul-General in Perth and Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UWA, we are pleased to announce the results for the 2017 Chinese Bridge competition:

Overall
First: Kylee Kotula from Methodist Ladies’ College, WA
Second: Sophie Szabo from Pedare Christian College, SA
Third: Caitlin Wilson from St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, WA

Chinese General Knowledge Category
First: Kylee Kotula from Methodist Ladies’ College, WA
Second: Caitlin Wilson from St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, WA
Third: Callum Hogden from Canberra Grammar School, ACT

Public Speech Category
First: Willam McClay from Darwin High School, NT
Second: Sophie Szabo from Pedare Christian College, SA
Third: Amber Roshkov from Pedare Christian College, SA

Chinese Cultural Performance Category
First: Sophie Szabo from Pedare Christian College, SA
Second: Kylee Kotula from Methodist Ladies’ College, WA
Third: William McClay from Darwin High School , NT

We are delighted that Kylee Kotula, from Methodist Ladies’ College has won first place.  She will travel to China on behalf of Australia to participate in the tenth annual global Chinese Language Bridge Competition (Hanyu Qiao).