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Putonghua and Other Study Programs

For Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Individuals

PRC Study offers a variety of programs specifically tailored for students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.  Targeted students would be people whose mother tongues are English or Portuguese and with great knowledge of Cantonese, Kejia or southern Fujian dialects; or people from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan whose principal means of oral communication are one or more of the above dialects.

The programs for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan students are tactically designed to provide complete immersion, offering the most comprehensive and balanced curriculum.  The various programs offered focus on conversation and pronunciation correction. The aim is to help compatriots from these areas to become proficient in their Mandarin skills and abilities.

Study Programs Available for Hong, Macau, and Taiwan People

Four different study programs are offered for students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.  All of these programs incorporate all aspects of the Chinese language, including phonetics, listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and colloquial speech which will enable participants to improve their Mandarin pronunciation, intonation, and oral communication abilities.

Each of the programs offered vary by course content studied, length of study period, and number of program hours studied each week. Students who successfully complete any of these programs will receive a certificate.

1)  Putonghua Programs
2)  Business Putonghua Programs
3)  PSC Test Preparation Training Programs
4)  Teaching Putonghua Methodology Programs

Please read below for a description of each of the programs offered

  • Putonghua Programs (Preliminary and Advanced Levels)

The aim is to enable participants to improve their pronunciation, intonation, and spoken communication abilities using standard Putonghua. Some or all of the following courses will be arranged for participants according to the intended length of study, learning goals, and level of Chinese language ability:

  • Phonetics
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Conversation
  • Intensive Reading
  • Grammar

Topics covered in the Putonghua Language Classes could include everyday lifestyle situations, current affairs, as well as Chinese history, culture, society.

Chinese Language Proficiency and Placement Test

Students will be placed according to the Chinese language proficiency level they indicate on the application form. During the first day of class, students will be tested in three areas: grammar, comprehension, and fluency. Based on the test results, each student will be place d in a class best suited to his/her current comprehension and fluency level. The class will be both comfortable and challenging.

Chinese Language Proficiency Level

Chinese Character Recognition & Previous Study Time

Preliminary

Know at least 800 words, and have zero to three months of previous Putonghua study time in Beijing

Advanced

Know at least 1500 words, and have at least 3 months of previous Putonghua study time in Beijing

Putonghua Programs Hours and Duration

Program

Hours

Duration

Preliminary Putonghua (Regular)

20 hrs/week
4 hrs/day, 5 days/week
M - F

4 to 20 weeks

Preliminary Putonghua (Intensive)

26 to 30 hrs/week
2 days 4 hrs, 3 days 6 hrs
M - F

4 to 20 weeks

Advanced Putonghua (Regular)

20 hrs/week
4 hrs/day, 5 days/week
M - F

4 to 20 weeks

Advanced Putonghua (Intensive)

26 to 30 hrs/week
2 days 4 hrs, 3 days 6 hrs
M - F

4 to 20 weeks

Note:  Hours studied for the intensive program depends on school attended.  BLCU offers 26 hours of lessons per week, whereas the PRC-CIE Academy offers 30 hours of lessons per week.

This program is available at the PRC-CIE Academy or at the Beijing Language and Culture University. 

  • Business Putonghua Programs

The aim is to enable participants to improve their Mandarin business language pronunciation, intonation, and spoken communication abilities. The following areas will be covered during the course of the program:

  • Phonetic Principles and Drilling in Standard Spoken Chinese
  • Advanced Conversation on business and trade related topics
  • Business Writing Composition  

Topics covered in the Business Putonghua Language Classes could include everyday business situations, economy, banking and finance, current affairs, Chinese history, culture and society, and much more. The purpose is to improve students' spoken and listening proficiency in business Putonghua, as well as their Chinese business writing and newspaper reading skills.

Business Putonghua Program Hours and Duration

Program

Hours

Duration

Business Putonghua (Regular)

20 hrs/week
4 hrs/day, 5 days/week
M - F

4 to 20 weeks

Business Putonghua (Intensive)

30 hrs/week
4 hrs/day, 5 days/week
M - F

4 to 20 weeks

Note:  The intensive program is available at the PRC-CIE Academy only.

This program is available at the PRC-CIE Academy or at the Beijing Language and Culture University.

  • PSC Test Preparation Training Programs

The aim is to help participants prepare for the PSC Test (Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi). This is a National standardized test which accesses the Putonghua ability level for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan individuals and is used as a tool by employers to determine the prospective employee's Chinese language proficiency level. The following areas will be covered during the course of the program:

  • Phonetic Principles and Drilling in Standard Spoken Chinese
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Advanced Conversation
  • Preparation tips for taking the PSC test  

PSC Test Preparation Training Program Hours and Duration

Program

Hours

Duration

PSC Test Preparation Training

26 hrs/week
2 days 4 hrs, 3 days 6 hrs,
M - F

3 wks

This program is available at the Beijing Language and Culture University only.

  • Teaching Putonghua Methodology Training Programs

The aim is to enable participants to learn how to teach Putonghua based on methodology so that they become proficient in teaching standard spoken Mandarin. Some or all of the following courses will be arranged according to the participant's intended length of study, learning goals and level of Chinese language ability:

  • Phonetic Principles and Drilling in Standard Spoken Chinese
  • Advanced Conversation
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Recitation Practice
  • Comparative Studies of Mandarin and Cantonese
  • Approaches to Teaching Chinese Phonetics
  • Chinese Culture Lecture Series

Teaching Putonghua Methodology Training Program Hours and Duration

Program

Hours

Duration

Teaching Putonghua Methodology Training

26 hrs/week
2 days 4 hrs, 3 days 6 hrs
M - F

2 wks

This program is available at the Beijing Language and Culture University only.

Schools and Class Size Options

For the Putonghua and Business Putonghua Programs, you can choose to have private 1-on-1 tailor made classes or join small group classes with an average of 4 to 5 students per class as offered by the PRC-CIE Academy; or join larger classes with generally an average of 20 students per class, as offered by the Beijing Language and Culture University. 

Both of these two schools use outstanding teaching materials and classes are taught by qualified instructors; but the smaller class settings often enable students to progress faster due to the smaller teacher-student ratio.

Smaller Versus Larger Class Sizes

The PRC-CIE Academy was established specifically to teach Mandarin Chinese to foreigners within an accelerated learning environment, as well as to meet students demand for high quality teaching in smaller class settings while offering flexible start dates. The Academy employs teachers from our top partnering universities while using an outstanding curriculum that helps students learn Chinese quickly, effectively and efficiently. 

The smaller classes averaging 4 to 5 students (with a maximum of 8) per class is the preferred choice by most students, as it offers a much more intensive and faster paced learning environment than the university classes which generally have up to 20 students per class.  The private 1-on-1 classes are excellent for those who desire tailor made lessons that are customized to fit all an individual's needs and preferences.

The BLCU programs are generally preferred by students looking for a larger campus atmosphere and a long standing reputation.  But please note class sizes are larger, averaging 20 students per class.

Class Type

Students Per Class

School

Private 1-on-1

1

PRC-CIE Academy

Small Classes

Average of 4 to 5

PRC-CIE Academy

Larger Classes

Average of 20

BLCU


Putonghua Teachers

The Putonghua language teachers are experienced and professional.  They are native Putonghua speakers who hold degrees in disciplines related to the Chinese language, and they are also certified by the Ministry of Chinese Education to teach Mandarin Chinese to non-native speakers. Highly trained and with many years of experience, they are keen to pass their knowledge and help you succeed in mastering Putonghua.

Teacher Materials

The textbooks and handouts provided in class are carefully selected according to the different learning levels and the program enrolled.  The materials will enable students to have fun, and be stimulated and challenged at the same time. 

Certificates

After successful completion of the course the student will be awarded a certificate issued by the university or institution he/she attended.  University credits may be received provided the student has met all the requirements by their hometown university.

Teaching Methods and Focus

PRC Study programs are carefully designed to promote accelerated comprehensive learning through total immersion. Classroom instructions provide structured learning, enabling learners of all levels to achieve expedited progress in Chinese language skills within a short period of time. Out-of-class activities provide insight into China's culture and lifestyle.

A highly interactive approach is adopted, with focus placed on giving students ample opportunity to practice their Putonghua speaking and listening skills whether in:

  • Classroom settings
  • One-on-one language tutorials
  • Language Partner Exchange
  • Social / Cultural Activities
  • Networking Events
  • Everyday living in China

The goal is to quickly enable students to competently communicate effectively.

Student Development Assessment and Quality Assurance

Students' Chinese language development progress is regularly assessed by homework assignments and tests throughout the program. Attendance in class is mandatory.

In addition, the PRC Study Quality Assurance team will closely monitor the programs offered by each university or institution to ensure that they are providing the best educational services by giving them student feedbacks.

Total Immersion

PRC Study helps to minimize language and cultural barriers, allowing students to have a smoother transition into China.  PRC Study's China programs are affordable and allow for total immersion into the Chinese culture, language, and way of life.

Language and Cultural Immersion

PRC Study places great emphasis on providing language learning enhancement support to students.  We offer a 10 components formula for accelerated Chinese immersion learning, which includes:  1-on-1 after class language tutorials; multi-media learning courseware; supervised homework support; language exchange program; language lab; use of library and reference materials; electives, social activities, guided tours and excursions; student development assessment and certification; and Mandarin only policy.  For more details, please click on Total Immersion Curriculum.

Social Activities, Guided Tours and Excursions

PRC Study also realizes that an added advantage in learning Mandarin Chinese quickly and effectively is to get deep into the China's rich and colourful culture and society.  Offering activities for all age groups, PRC Study organizes many social, sporting and cultural activities, along with guided tours and excursions for students during their study program in China.  These offer excellent opportunities to interact with native speakers and to practice Mandarin learnt in classes in out-of-class settings.   For more details, click on Social Activities, Guided Tours and Excursion.

Elective Workshops

PRC Study's elective workshops are designed to broaden students' awareness of Chinese culture, history, and arts, as well as to further improve students' Putonghua language skills.  Taught by respected teachers who are all specialists in their field, we offer over 15 elective workshops which are made up of a series of classes held in the afternoon or early evening.  During the program, each student may participate in all electives offered by PRC Study.  For more information, please click on Electives.

Chinese Language
Electives

Chinese Arts & History Electives

Martial Arts
Electives

  • Character Writing & Reading
  • Chinese Composition
  • Chinese Idioms
  • Chinese Pronunciation
  • Pronunciation Improvement
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Chinese Cooking
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Games
  • Chinese History
  • Chinese Painting
  • Chinese Songs

  • Tai Ji Quan
  • Traditional Chinese Massage
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Yoga
  • Meditation, Chants & Mantras
  • Chinese Foot Massage

  • Accommodation

    PRC Study offers many different types of accommodation to suit our students' needs and budgets.  Clean, comfortable and conveniently located, all of PRC Study's accommodations are carefully selected, safe and secure with 24 hours security.  Students can choose to live privately or share with a PRC Study arranged roommate.  For more general information, please visit Accommodation or click on On or Off Campus Student Dorms, Student Flats, Apartments, Hotels, Homestay for further details.

    Insurance

    Traveling overseas to study can be an exciting yet an unsettling experience.  For students' safety and peace of mind, all of PRC Study's Full Service Programs include “StudentCare Plus” Travel and Medical Insurance. The insurance covers emergency medical and dental treatment, pro-rata return of program fee in case of curtailment, personal liability and more. Also included is use of ISOS which provides access to medical advice and assistance 24 hours a day by foreign doctors who are located in Beijing and throughout China. For further details, please click on Insurance.

    Visa

    Students from Hong Kong and Macau may enter China with their China Re-entry permit if they have one.  For those who do not hold a China Re-entry Permit, PRC Study will provide you with all the required documentations needed by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your home country to obtain your visa to China.

    Students who need to apply for a visa should apply for an F Visa which is generally issued for a length of 1, 3, or 6 months regardless of the study duration.  In some instances the Chinese Embassy or consulate may issue an L Visa, a tourist visa, despite the actual purpose of travel.  In other scenarios, an X Visa may be issued, requiring also a physical examination.  The type of visa issued is determined by the Chinese authorities, but PRC Study will assist students to extend or convert visas as required after arrival into China.

    Once full program fees are paid and enrollment completed, PRC Study will send you all the required documents so that you may apply for your visa.  For more information, please click on visa types and application procedure.

    Total Packages and Services Offered

    At PRC Study, we also understand that each student may have different needs.  Therefore we offer multiple service options for students to choose from to cater to different budgets and requirements. 

    Our total comprehensive service packages cover everything from pre-departure procedures in a student's home country right through to the end of the immersion program in China, including airport pickup, accommodation, insurance and medical membership, visa support documents, 24 hour hotline support, and a range of other essential services. 

    We can also place students in internships or help them find part or full time employment during their stay in China. We take care of everything while you focus on studying and making new friends. For more information, please click on PRC Study Services.

    Programs Schedules and Fees

    The program fee varies according to the program type and length, service option, accommodation, and school chosen.  For a complete listing of programs available (start dates, program length, fees and application deadline), please click on Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan Programs Fees and Schedules.   

    Program Entry Requirements

    Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • 18 years old or above
    • In good health
    • Have previous knowledge of Chinese
    • Be a Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan Citizen with valid travel documents
    Registration

    Registration is done is 4 easy steps. 

    • To learn about the application procedure, please click on Registration Procedures.
    • To complete the online the application, please click on Application Form.
    • To download the PDF format of the Application form, please click Application PDF.


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