Daily Chinese - HSK Programme

Provided by Confucius Institute

Course introduction


Daily Chinese – HSK programme is based on the latest HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) syllabus and suitable for anyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture. It consists of Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels, covering a wide range of familiar topics; such as talking about personal information, living, working, and social interaction etc. The theme-based lessons will help learners develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. At each level, they will learn an average of 400 words and 50 language points.

Our trainers are Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and/or National Institute of Education (NIE) certified professionals who meet CI-NTU’s teaching standards. They all possess practical teachings experience with local universities, government schools or private institutions, and are proficient in both Chinese and English.

Medium of Instruction
Mandarin / English (partial)

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Basic Level 1 and 2

  • Learn Chinese Phonetics (Hanyu Pinyin); get familiarised with Chinese pronunciation.
  • Understand and use simple Chinese words and phrases for basic conversation.
  • Deconstruct Chinese characters - learn the different components, start to recognise characters and practice writing correctly. 
  • Build a vocabulary of 150 most frequently used Chinese words and 45 language points.

Basic Level 3 and 4
  • Learn to use Chinese in a simple and direct manner during daily conversations.
  • Repeat application and get familiarised with the basics to build strong foundation.
  • Introduction of more Chinese characters, socio-cultural norms through thematic lessons. 
  • Obtain a cumulative vocabulary of 300 words and learn 45 language points.

Intermediate Level 1 and 2 
  • Improve reading and writing skills through many common everyday themes.
  • Get acquainted with more Chinese socio-cultural norms through thematic lessons.
  • Build awareness of language use, in terms of accuracy, fluency and appropriateness.
  • Obtain a cumulative vocabulary of 600 words and learn 45-50 language points.

Intermediate Levels 3 to 6
  • Discuss a range of daily topics in Chinese fluently.
  • Improve reading and writing skills through many common everyday themes.
  • Gain more knowledge on Chinese culture.
  • Improve accuracy, fluency and appropriateness of language use.
  • Obtain a cumulative vocabulary of 1200 words and learn 100 language points.

Advanced Levels 1 to 4
  • Comprehend Chinese newspapers, magazines and films.
  • Develop ability to compose and express your thoughts and opinion on world affairs and current events in both oral and written form.
  • Obtain a cumulative vocabulary of 1500-2000 words and learn 50 language points.

Area of Studies

  • Phonetics & Greetings
  • Surname and First Name
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Jobs and Occupations
  • Numerals and Age
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Dates and Days
  • Currency and Money
  • Location and Addresses
  • Time and Daily Schedule
  • Weather
  • What Are You Doing
  • Talking about a Past Action or Event
  • Buying Things
  • Transportation
  • Vacation Planning
  • Recreational Activities
  • Location and Position
  • Birthday and Present
  • Asking Someone for Opinions
  • Personal Habits
  • Distance of Place
  • Expressing Opinions on Things or Events
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Personal Health
  • Comparison
  • General Description
  • Asking for Directions
  • Sharing Past Experiences
  • Festivals
  • Weekend Outing
  • Actions and Descriptions
  • Daily Life
  • Describing the Character of Someone
  • Personal Health
  • Finding Things
  • Expressing a Duration of Time
  • Sharing Travel Experiences
  • Comparative on Events or Actions
  • Learning Experiences
  • Reminding Someone
  • Living Habits
  • Describing Activities
  • Arranging a Work
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Physical Appearances
  • Taking Leave
  • Seeking Someone's Advice
  • Emotion Expressions
  • Being Influenced
  • Love and Marriage
  • Friendship
  • Job Interview
  • Career and Salary
  • Shopping Experiences and Habits
  • Price Comparison
  • Healthy Life
  • Beauty in Life
  • Success Story
  • Standard of Happiness
  • Benefits of Reading
  • Discover the World
  • Drinking Tea and Chinese Opera
  • Protecting our Mother Earth
  • The Art of Educating Children
  • Life can be Better
  • Human and Nature
  • Science, Technology and the World
  • Life Experiences
  • Scenery
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  • On Love
  • Choices in Life
  • Weight and Diet
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Idiom Stories
  • Classical Anecdotes
  • Chinese Literature
  • Playing Chess
  • Volunteer Teaching
  • Reading and Thinking
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  • Epiphany
  • Parental Love
  • On Victory
  • Chinese Food
  • Animal and Geography
  • Learning a Foreign Language
  • Chinese Literature
  • Master my Own Life
  • Work Life
  • Contemporary World

Entry Requirements

Placement Test

  • Only fresh learners with no prior knowledge of Chinese may enrol directly in Daily Chinese – HSK (Basic Level 1).
  • Applicants with prior knowledge of Chinese are required to take a free placement test to match their Chinese proficiency to the appropriate level.
  • Applicants who have previously enrolled and completed the Daily Chinese – HSK programme may use their test results for course enrolment to the next level.
  • Placement tests can be taken from Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm. Please call 6592 2538 / 6592 2539 or email to aclp@ntu.edu.sg for an appointment.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

There are four intakes in a year: January, April, July and October. Each intake will have a weekday and weekend option. Each level consists of 10 lessons, once/week, 3 hours each.

Registration is open two months before the intake commences.

Please email to aclp@ntu.edu.sg  or call 6592 2538 / 6592 2539 for the latest schedule.

Fees & Funding

Funding / Grants
  • Skillsfuture Credit
  • Other grants: NSA, UTAP, PSEA

Course fees varies between course level, details available on our website at https://ci.ntu.edu.sg/.

Fee Support

a) National Silver Academy (NSA)*

  • Enjoy 50% subsidy for course fee.
  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 50 years and above.

*Applicant is not eligible for any other discount schemes.

For more information, please visit www.nsa.org.sg, call the NSA hotline at 6478 5029, or email to nsa@c3a.org.sg.

b) Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
  • NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 annually.*
  • Applicant must be a NTUC member before course commencement, throughout the duration of the course, and at the point of claim.
  • The course must commence within the subsidy supported period.
  • Unfunded course fee must be $20 and above.
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.
  • Achieved a minimum attendance rate of 75%.
  • Sat for post-course test by the stipulated deadline.
  • 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 email to utap@e2i.com.sg.

c) SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
  • Receive an opening credit of $500 that will not expire and periodic top-ups from the Government to offset the course fee of approved skills-related courses.
  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 25 years and above.
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.

For more information, please visit www.skillsfuture.sg/credit, or call the SSG hotline at 6785 5785.

d) Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Fund
  • Applicants may utilise funds in their own and/or their sibling(s)’ PSEA for the payment of tuition fee and selected course fees, on top of the above-mentioned government course subsidies.
  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens or applicants with siblings who have PSEA funds, aged 30 years and below.
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.

For more information, please visit www.moe.gov.sg/psea.

To check the amount of available funds in your PSEA, please call PSE Scheme hotline at 6260 0777, or email to contact@moe.edu.sg.

*In case of discrepancy of information on CI-NTU’s programmes between different platforms, the English version on the main CI-NTU website shall prevail.