Daily Chinese - HSK 日常汉语-HSK

Daily Chinese - HSK Programme

Daily Chinese – HSK programme (DC) is customised to the needs of anyone who wish to learn Chinese language and culture. It uses the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) syllabus, which covers a wide range of daily topics, such as talking about personal information, living, working, social interaction, customs, cultures, sports, ethics, etc.

Course Highlights
  • Eligible trainees enjoy 50% NSA subsidy, use of SkillsFuture Credits (SFC), Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) fund and Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP).
  • Multi-levelled programme suitable for anyone from new to advanced learners.
  • Courseware features practical themes suitable for real-life applications.
    • Expand your network, connect with people from different backgrounds and professions who share the same interest in Chinese language and culture.
    • Qualified trainers with practical teaching experience.
    Course Objectives
    • Acquire competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese, through many relatable everyday life themes.
    • Integrate linguistics training with cultural knowledge, for a dynamic, interesting, and memorable learning experience.
    • Enhance confidence in using Chinese.
    Course Structure

    Daily Chinese – HSK programme consists of 480 hours of training, divided into 16 levels, adapted from the latest HSK syllabus. 

    Course Outline
    Basic Level:
    • Through systematic and targeted phonetic training, enable students to master Chinese Phonetics, especially the challenges with the pronunciation of tones, initials and finals.
    • Through listening and speaking training, students can master simple oral communication skills to meet daily conversation needs, such as greeting, asking questions, and introducing themselves.
    • Grasp the structure and characteristics of Chinese characters, strokes, stroke order and writing rules of Chinese characters.
    • Introduce Chinese culture.
    Intermediate Level:
    • Master accurate pronunciation and read Chinese with standard pronunciation.
    • Further improve Chinese communicative skills through listening and speaking exercises to fulfil daily communication needs at school, life and work.
    • Grasp the basic grammar of Chinese.
    • Write simple sentences to express opinions.
    • Learn more about Chinese culture, society and history.
    Advanced Level:
    • Express opinions appropriately and correctly.
    • Discuss specific topics, such as life, society, culture, and economics.
    • Further improve in reading and writing.
    • Have a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, history and society.

    Medium of Instruction

    Chinese / English (ratio subject to course level and needs of the class)


    Our trainers are experienced, having undergone professional training and possess at least the Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) or Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) certification.

    Pre-Entry Requirement
    • New learners may skip pre-course placement test and enrol directly for Daily Chinese – HSK (Basic Level 1).
    • Applicants with prior knowledge of Chinese, are required to take a pre-course placement test before enrolment.
    • Due to programme design differences, HSK result holders are still required to attempt CI-NTU’s internal placement test for level placement.
    • Placement test is on appointment basis, conducted remotely, and free of charge.
    • The average lead time to the next available appointment is 2 - 3 weeks. After test completion, 5 - 10 working days for results. Please book your slot early to avoid missing the enrolment deadline (10 days before course commencement date).
    • Email aclp@ntu.edu.sg to book an appointment for placement test.
    Post-Course Test

    Trainees must complete and pass the internal post-course test conducted during the last lesson in order to be awarded the E-Certificate of Attainment, and to advance to the next level.

    • Trainees will be awarded an E-Certificate of Attainment from CI-NTU for fulfilling the following criteria:

    -   Achieved a minimum of 70% attendance;

    -   Pass the post-course test;

    -   Participate in post-course surveys.

    • E-Certificate of Participation will be issued to those who fulfil 50 - 69% attendance and participated in post-course surveys.
    Course Schedule *
    9am-12pm /
    7pm – 10pm
    12 Oct - 14 Dec11 Jan - 22 Mar12 Apr - 14 Jun12 Jul - 20 Sep11 Oct - 13 Dec
    15 Oct - 17 Dec7 Jan - 18 Mar8 Apr - 24 Jun15 Jul - 16 Sep14 Oct - 16 Dec

    *The schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Interested applicants, please email or call to confirm the availability of intakes.

    Course Fees

    • A non-refundable registration fee of $64.20 (incl. GST) is applicable for first-time registration, $53.50 (incl. GST) for subsequent registration to each level.
    • The fee stated above is inclusive of 7% GST.
    • GST will be revised to 8% affective 1 January 2023. All payments received / invoices issued on and after 1 January 2023 will be subjected to 8% GST.
    • Course fee includes teaching materials.

    ^     50% NSA Subsidy for Singapore Citizens aged 50 years and above.


    Customised Programme
    • This programme can be customised to individual or corporate needs.
    • Not eligible for government subsidies.
    Discount Schemes
    • 10% off course fee for NTU staff, student, alumni, and NTU Alumni Club Members.
    • 10% off course fee for seniors (Singapore Permanent Residents/Foreigners) aged 50 years and above.
    • 10% off course fee for a group enrolment of 3-4pax full fee trainees (new and existing trainees are eligible), for a class with a minimum of 8 trainees.
    • 15% off course fee for a group enrolment of 5pax full fee trainees (existing trainees only), for a class with a minimum of 8 trainees.


    -       Proof of citizenship status or relevant documents are required for verification purposes.

    -       Applicants are eligible for ONE discount scheme at a time.

    -       Discounts may not be used in conjunction with NSA subsidy.

    -       In event of withdrawals in group enrolment, group discounts would be adjusted accordingly.

    Fee Support

    Eligible trainees may benefit from the following Fee Subsidy, together with SkillsFuture Credits, PSEA fund and UTAP , in payment of course fees (other fees to be self-funded).

    I) Fee Subsidy

    (a) NSA Subsidy
    •  Enjoy a 50% subsidy of course fee.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Applicable to Singapore Citizens aged 50 years and above.
    For more information, please visit www.nsa.org.sg, call NSA hotline at 6478 5029, or email nsa@c3a.org.sg.


    II) Credit/Fund Usage

    (a) 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:

    • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 25 years and above.​
    • Applicants must be self-sponsored.
    For more information, please visit www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/credit,  or call SSG hotline at 6785 5785.
    (b) Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Fund
    • Eligible applicants may utilise the funds in their own and/or their sibling(s)’ PSEA, for the payment of course fee.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Applicable to Singapore Citizens 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 MOE hotline at 6260 0777, or email contact@moe.edu.sg.
    (c) 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 and above).
    • Applicable for selected courses only.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Paid-up NTUC membership before course commencement, throughout the whole course’s duration, and at the point of claim.
    • Course must commence within the subsidy supported period.
    • Applicants 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.
    • 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/credit/fund. This excludes GST, registration fees, miscellaneous fees, etc.
    For more information, please visit http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg, or email utap@e2i.com.sg.


    Withdrawal & Refund Policy

    • Requests must be made in writing only. For company-sponsored trainees, the request must be signed off by the authorised representative of the company.
    • Registration Fee is non-refundable.
    • Upon receipt of requests, all discounts and government fee support will be cancelled, CI-NTU will follow up in accordance with the below-mentioned policy. Please refer to Terms & Conditions in the enrolment form for details.
      Written Request for Withdrawal ReceivedGuidelines of Refund/Topup
      More than 30 days before course commencement.CI-NTU to refund 100% of paid fee.
      15 to 30 days before course commencement.The applicant and CI-NTU to each bear 50% of the full course fee – a refund/top-up to be processed accordingly.
      Less than 15 days before course commencement.The applicant to pay CI-NTU 100% of the full course fee.

    Enrolment Procedure

    • The enrolment form can be downloaded below, requested via email, or obtained from CI-NTU’s reception counter.
    • Enrolment deadline is 10 days before course commencement date.
    • Please read through all the terms and conditions stated in the enrolment form before submission. Submit the completed enrolment form to aclp@ntu.edu.sg, or make an appointment to sign up in person at CI-NTU.
    • For company-sponsored applicants, the enrolment form must be signed by the approving authority and endorsed with the company stamp.
    • Payment notification will be issued after enrolment has been accepted. Payment methods: PayNow, bank transfer, cheque, over the counter via Visa / MasterCard / NETS (cash payment is not accepted).
    • Applicants will be informed of the course status at least 5 days prior to the course commencement date.
    • Applicants are to contact CI-NTU if they have not received the updates by the stipulated deadlines.

     Contact Details

    Contact PersonJing Yi / Eileen
    Tel 6514 1062 / 6592 2539
    Email aclp@ntu.edu.sg
    Fax 6779 7859
    Venue 11 Slim Barracks Rise (off North Buona Vista Road), NTU@one-north campus,
    Executive Centre, #08-01, Singapore 138664
    (Nearest MRT stations: Buona Vista & one-north)

     In case of discrepancy between the English and Chinese webpages, the English version shall prevail.


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