Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language 汉语国际教育专业文凭

Provided by Confucius Institute

Course introduction


This programme is specially designed for those who wish to be trained as a professional Chinese language teacher, qualify for a teaching career in international schools, language centres or tuition centres.

Course Objectives
On successful completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Master the essential knowledge and skills of a professional Chinese language teacher.
  • Understand the contextual difference between teaching Chinese as an international language and as a community language, for the purpose of adopting a differentiated approach in pedagogy.
  • Master the needed expertise to become a Chinese language teacher or school administrator, particularly in the region of Southeast Asia or countries using English as a major working language.

Course Highlights
  • Substantial training on the fundamentals of Chinese language and culture.
  • A focused curriculum on the pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language and teaching Chinese as a community language.
  • Quality programme for further education and upgrading.

Faculty Members
  • The programme is taught by respected scholars and academics from within and outside the country.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Course Structure

  • The course comprises 8 modules, over a course of 10 months.
  • Each module consists of 30 training hours (including examination) and constitutes 3 academic units. A student will need to complete all the 8 modules and obtain academic units to fulfil the graduation requirements.
  • Achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each module to be eligible to sit for the examination. Students who do not meet the requirement in a module is deemed to have failed in that module. Students will be required to repeat the whole module in subsequent year. The fee to repeat a module is chargeable.
  • The maximum is 2 years (from commencement of the intake).
Medium of Instruction
  • Chinese

Area of Studies

Modules Outline

DTCL101 Modern Chinese and Pedagogy (3 AUs)
By using the theory of modern linguistics, the course introduces the basic knowledge of Modern Chinese, including Chinese phonology, Chinese characters, Chinese lexicon, Chinese grammar, as well as Chinese rhetoric, and the application to teaching the Chinese language.

DTCL102 Comparative Linguistics (3 AUs)
The course compares and contrasts the similarities and differences (in the aspects of grammar, syntax and phonology) between modern Chinese and English, for the purpose of helping the students to attain a more profound understanding of the grammatical structure of the Chinese language.

DTCL103 Pedagogy of Language Skills (3 AUs)
This module introduces participants to the theory and practice of teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese as a second/international language. It aims to help participants develop lesson outlines with specific learning objectives and explore a range of strategies for developing language proficiency in learners.

DTCL104 Theory and Practice of Teaching Chinese as an International Language (3 AUs)
The module will first mention about how was the discipline of Teaching Chinese as an International Language come into being. It then follows with an overview of the methods of teaching the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), developing curriculum and designing assessment, against the context of teaching Chinese as an international/second language.

DTCL105 Language Assessment (3 AUs)
This module introduces participants to the basic theory and practice of Chinese language testing and assessment. Topics include: fundamental concepts and types of language assessment; designing, developing and administering language tests; designing test tasks for syntax, vocabulary, phonology and the Chinese script; designing test tasks for receptive, productive and interactive skills; analyzing and interpreting test data.

DTCL106 Educational Psychology (3 AUs)
As a discipline of modern scholarship, Educational Psychology deals with the cognitive and affective aspects of the learning processes. This course introduces to the students, the basic concepts of Educational Psychology of learning and their practical application in classroom teaching.

DTCL107 Chinese Literature (3 AUs)
This module is a general survey of the Chinese Literature, focusing on understanding the features of the major genres, such as classical poetry, prose, fiction and drama, and modern poetry and prose. Students will learn the analysis and appreciation of literary works to gain a more vivid understanding and appreciation of these works, and how this knowledge can be applied to teaching.

DTCL108 Core Knowledge of Chinese Culture (3 AUs)
This course aims at the introduction of different aspects of Chinese history and culture, such as institutions, society, culture, language, literature, and religion. Besides describing basic facts, it tries to correct some misunderstandings and stereotypes about China; by reference to new researches by prominent scholars both Chinese and foreign it offers the students new perspectives on China.

Entry Requirements

Applicant should possess the following academic qualifications:

  • Tertiary Education (or its equivalent).
  • At least a Grade C6 in GCE ‘O’ Level English (or its equivalent).
  • At least a Grade A2 in GCE 'O' Level Chinese OR a Grade B3 in GCE 'O' Level Higher Chinese (or their equivalent).
  • Non-Singaporean applicants will need to present educational certificate(s) that indicate proficiency in both Chinese and English.
Applicants who are unable to submit relevant proof, may be subjected to sit for an entrance test.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Intake Schedule
The programme has two intakes in a year which are scheduled to commence in February and July.  Each intake has two classes, namely the morning class and evening class.

Application for enrolment will open in October for admission in February of the following year, and in March for admission in July of the same year.

Fees & Funding

Funding / Grants
  • Skillsfuture Credit
  • Other grants: UTAP


Funding / Grants
  • SkillsFuture Credit
  • Other grants: UTAP

Course Fees
Registration fee : $50.00*
Miscellaneous fee : $100.00*
Tuition fee : $4,750.00*

- *Prevailing GST is applicable.
- The non-refundable registration fee is payable upon submission of application.
-  The tuition fee includes course materials and examination fees.
- In the event that there are revisions to fees payable, please refer to our website for the updated schedule of fees.

Fee Support
Eligible applicants may apply for the following tuition fee support.

Credit Usage
SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
  • Receive an opening credit of $500 and periodic top-ups from the Government.
  • May be used to offset the course fees of approved skills-related courses.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Singapore Citizens, aged 25 years and above.
  • Self-sponsored.

For more information, please visit www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/credit or contact SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) hotline at 6785 5785.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above).*

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Paid-up NTUC membership before course commenced, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim.
  • Course must commence within the subsidy supported period.
  • Course must not be fully funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
  • Unfunded course fee must be $20 and above.
  • Achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each module, and have sat all prescribed examination(s), if any.
  • UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion.

*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, miscellaneous fees etc.

For more information, please visit http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg or contact NTUC at [email protected].