Students who would like to enroll Chinese courses should refer to the Guidelines for Chinese Course Selection.

If you have questions about your Chinese courses, contact an advisor.

Common Core Chinese Communication  Courses
  • CORE 1411
    Elementary Putonghua for Non-Chinese Language Background Students

    CORE 1411 is a three-credit, one semester core course offered to non-Chinese language background students who have learned Chinese for less than 50 tuition hours. Students attend three hours of class and complete up to Six hours of out-of-class work, per weekThe course is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. It aims to equip the students with listening and speaking skills for communicating in Putonghua for daily and social purposes through a range of learning activities. After successfully completing the course, students will have developed basic pronunciation ability in Putonghua, and fundamental listening and speaking skills necessary for daily communication.

  • CORE 1412
    Intermediate Putonghua for Non-Chinese Language Background Students

    CORE 1412 is a three-credit, one-semester core course offered to non-Chinese background students who have learned Chinese for up to 150 tuition hours. Students attend three hours of class and complete up to six hours of out-of-class work, per week. The course is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. The course focuses on listening and speaking. The course prepares students for an intermediate-level understanding of spoken Chinese and equips them with strong communicative competence in using Chinese in social and professional situations. After completing the course, students’ listening and speaking skills will be enhanced, and they will be able to participate in complete, coherent and appropriate conversations on topics relating to daily life, study and work.

  • CORE 1413
    Advanced Putonghua for Non-Chinese Language Background Students

    CORE 1413, a three-credit, one semester common core course, targets non-Chinese language background students with an intermediate level of Putonghua proficiency and language knowledge. After completing this course, students’ listening and speaking skills will be further enhanced, and they will be able to handle a wide range of discourse with nearly full linguistic control and communicate effectively on complex topics relating to life, study and work.

  • CORE 1414
    Chinese Reading and Writing for Non-Chinese Language Background Students I

    CORE 1414 is a three-credit, one semester core course offered to non-Chinese language background students who have learned Chinese for less than 50 tuition hours. Students attend three hours of class and complete up to six hours of out-ofclass work, per week. The course is offered in Fall and Spring semesters. It aims to equip students with Chinese reading and writing skills for daily and social purposes through a range of familiar topics.

  • CORE 1415
    Chinese Reading and Writing for Non-Chinese Language Background Students II

    COURE 1415 is a three-credit, one semester core course designed for students with a non-Chinese language background who have learned Chinese for less than 100 tuition hours. Students attend up to three hours of class and complete up to sixhours of out-of-class work, per week. This course aims to enhance students’ ability to recognize and write Chinese characters, and to help develop their understanding of written Chinese and writing competence in using Chinese in daily life and social situations. After successfully completing the course, students will be able to recognize and write commonly used Chinese characters, understand narrative, expository and basic argumentative texts, and write short passages for daily life and social purposes.

  • CORE 1416
    Effective Chinese Communication 基礎中文傳意:口語與寫作
    Prerequisite(s) Level 3 in HKDSE Chinese
    Exclusion(s) Level 4 or above in HKDSE Chinese, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118, LANG 1120, LANG 1121, LANG 1122, LANG 1123, LANG 1124, LANG 1125, LANG 1126, LANG 1127

    This course seeks to enhance the market competitiveness of HKUST graduates by making them effective users of spoken Putonghua and Standard Written Chinese in meeting communicative needs in academic, social and professional contexts. The course materials and activities help students acquire fluency and accuracy in the use of Chinese by engaging them in authentic communication tasks based on real-life situations and needs. Students' mastery of Putonghua phonology and Chinese syntax and lexis will also be enhanced through in-class teaching and outside class practice.

  • CORE 1421
    Chinese Communication in the Digital Era 數字時代的中文傳意
    Exclusion(s) LANG1120, LANG1121, LANG1122, LANG1123, LANG1124, LANG1125, LANG1126, LANG1127, CORE1411,
    CORE1412, CORE1413, CORE1414, CORE1415

    CORE1421 is a Chinese communication common core course offered in Fall and Spring semesters. The course targets all students who have a background in Chinese, and a strong interest in the use of Chinese in digital media. It aims to develop and enhance students’ abilities to use Standard Written Chinese and Putonghua effectively in the context of digital media for social, professional and academic purposes. It will also help raise students’ awareness of the new linguistic demands of living and working in a contemporary Chinese community. The course will increase students' understanding of Chinese digital media and allow them to discuss digital media-related topics in-depth in Chinese. Students can improve their Chinese communication competencies as well as develop their digital literacy related to Chinese communication from the three perspectives of cognition, awareness and application.

  • CORE 1423
    Enhanced Chinese Communication 高級中文傳意:口語與寫作
    Exclusion(s) CORE 1411, CORE 1412, CORE 1413, CORE 1414, CORE 1415, LANG 1120 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1121 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1122 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1123 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1124 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1125 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1126 (prior to 2022-23), LANG 1127 (prior to 2022-23)

    This course seeks to enhance the Putonghua speaking and Chinese writing abilities of students who have typically undergone schooling in a Chinese language community. Learning tasks and activities on this course further challenges students to aim at very high levels in terms of precision of expression in writing and expressiveness and persuasiveness in speaking. The learning experience will also sharpen the students' awareness of style and tone and context of situation.

  • LANG 1117
    Advanced Chinese Communication 高階中文傳意:口語與寫作
    Prerequisite(s) Level 4 or above in HKDSE Chinese
    Exclusion(s) LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1118, LANG 1120, LANG 1121, LANG 1122, LANG 1123, LANG 1124, LANG 1125, LANG 1126, LANG 1127

    This course seeks to advance the Putonghua speaking and Chinese writing abilities of local Hong Kong students who have attained a reasonably high standard in Chinese language on leaving secondary schools. The course materials and learning tasks help students to engage in rigorous intellectual analysis of academic and socio-economic issues and formulate coherent arguments for Putonghua speaking and Chinese writing in demanding situations such as participation in public fora and writing critical essays for publication in the media.