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

The application for the 33rd Intake (AY2023) will open on 1 October 2022

DTCL Information Sessions
 Session 1Session 2
Date7 October 2022 (Friday)9 November 2022 (Wednesday)
Time7pm – 8pm7pm – 8pm
VenueCI-NTU Level 8Zoom
Registration Linkhttps://bit.ly/DIPP202302


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.

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 8 modules and obtain 24 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 candidature is 2 years (from commencement of the intake).


Medium of Instruction

  • Chinese

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 introduces 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 with reference to new researches by prominent scholars both Chinese and foreign, it offers the students new perspectives on China.


Admission 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 required to sit for an entrance test.


Application Procedure

This programme has two intakes in a year which are scheduled to commence respectively 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.

a. Applicants are advised to read the application procedures carefully and understand the requirements to ensure compliance before submitting the application.

b. Applicants are required to submit the documents as listed below to aclp-diploma@ntu.edu.sg . Hard copy submission will not be accepted. The original copies of the personal identity and required documents are also required for verification.

Required Documents:

  • Completed and electronically-signed application form
  • Degree scroll and/or Diploma certificate
  • Transcript(s) of academic record from the tertiary institution(s) attended
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (or its equivalent)
  • Any professional certificate(s)
  • One recent digital passport-sized colour photograph


  • If you are unable to apply your signature on the form electronically, please print and sign on a hardcopy of the form before returning to us the completed scanned copy via email.
  • Copies of the front and back of all documents are required, including the explanatory notes, the legend/grading system (if any).
  • Ensure that the documents are scanned in its original colour and in the upright orientation. Files must be in PDF format, and each file not exceeding 2MB in size.
  • Each PDF file is to be named or tagged according to your name in the NRIC and type of document, e.g. Degree Scroll_Lim Xiao Ming
  • For company-sponsored applicants, the application form must be signed and endorsed with the company stamp.
  • Foreign applicants must hold a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Immigration Pass.

a. Upon receipt of application form together with the complete set of required documents, applicants will be contacted to arrange for a session for verifying the documents.

b. A non-refundable registration fee of S$53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) is due and payable prior to the documents verification.

c. Payment can be made via PayNow or Internet Banking. Please refer to “Payment Methods” section for the bank details.

d. Application will only be processed upon receipt of the registration fee and required documents within the stipulated deadline.

e. Submission of application form and payment do not constitute automatic acceptance into the course unless notified in writing by CI-NTU.

a. The document verification session will take about 30 minutes in total, including the briefing of terms and conditions (T&C) of the course.

b. The documents verification will either be conducted via Zoom or in-person at CI-NTU, subject to the need for entrance test(s).

c. The Zoom sessions will be conducted on appointment basis, to be scheduled within our office hours (subject to availability):

Appointment Timing (excludes PH)
MON – THU 9.30 am – 12.00 pm (Last appointment 12.00 pm)
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm (Last appointment 5.00 pm)
FRI9.30 am – 12.00 pm (Last appointment 12.00 pm)
2.00 pm – 4.30 pm (Last appointment 4.30 pm)

d. Applicants who are required to sit for entrance test(s) will be going through the documents verification and briefing of T&C in-person at CI-NTU, on the same day of the test.

e. Prior to the document verification (Zoom/in-person), applicants are to ensure the registration fee has been paid and to have on hand the original physical copies of required documents ready, and the original entry/residency pass and Passport (whichever is applicable), to facilitate the document verification process.

a. Applicants who do not meet our minimum grade in English and/or Chinese language or are unable to provide proof of their language proficiency are required to sit for the respective entrance tests.

b. Registration fee must be paid before applicants are allowed to sit for the entrance test.


a. Applicants will be notified of the application status within a month from his/her application via email.

b. Successful applicants will receive the Letter of Offer and Form of Acceptance via email.

c. Applicants are required to indicate acceptance and return the completed Form of Acceptance via email. Applicants who accept the offer must provide a scanned copy of their personal identity document via the same email by the stipulated deadline for matriculation.

d. All applications received are subjected to further approval and CI-NTU reserves the right to reject any applications.


  • If you are unable to apply your signature on the form electronically, please print and sign on a hardcopy of the form before returning to us the completed scanned copy via email. Applicants are to retain the original signed hardcopy and submit it during the next visit to CI-NTU.

a. Applicants are to pay the tuition fee and miscellaneous fee within 15 days after receiving the Letter of Offer, or not later than 10 days before the course commences, whichever is earlier.
b. Singaporean applicants who are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) may use their SFC to offset the tuition fee. Please log into myskillsfuture with Singpass to confirm account balance.

Payment Methods

Payment of tuition fee and miscellaneous fee can be made by using any of the following modes:

UEN : 200511211D
Pay to : Confucius Institute, NTU Pte Ltd
- Enter Course Title-Your Name under Remarks to identify your payment.
  e.g. DTCL- Lim Xiao Ming or DBTS- Lim Xiao Ming
Please let us know when the transaction is complete for verification purposes.

Bank Transfer using Account Number
Name of Company: Confucius Institute, NTU Pte Ltd
Bank: OCBC
Branch Code: 537
Bank Account: 537124125001
- Enter Course Title-Your Name under Remarks to identify your payment.
  e.g. DTCL- Lim Xiao Ming or DBTS- Lim Xiao Ming
Please let us know when the transaction is complete for verification purposes.

Visa / Master/ NETS
- Payment at our reception counter. Available Mondays - Fridays, 9.30am – 6.00pm.
- Prior appointment is required.

Cheque by post
- Cheques must be crossed and made payable to “Confucius Institute, NTU Pte Ltd”.
- Indicate your name and course title clearly on the reverse of the cheque.
- Mail to:
  11 Slim Barracks Rise, NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre, #08-01 S138664
  Attention: Admin (Diploma Programme)

Course Fees

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


  • * Prevailing GST is applicable.
  • GST will be revised to 8% effective 1 January 2023. All payments received / invoices issued on and after 1 January  2023 will be subjected to 8% GST.
  • The non-refundable registration fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • The tuition fee includes course materials and examination 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 commencement, throughout 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 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/credit. This  excludes GST, registration fees, miscellaneous fees etc.
For more information, please visit https://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg or contact NTUC at utap@e2i.com.sg.


Refund Policy

Registration fee and miscellaneous fee paid to CI-NTU are not refundable. The tuition fee may be refunded subject to the following:

Fee TypePercentage of Refund*Receipt of written request for refund which is

Tuition fee
100%More than 30 days before the course commences
50%Between 15 to 30 days before the course commences
0%Less than 15 days before the course commences
Registration feeNot refundableNot applicable
Miscellaneous feeNot refundableNot applicable

*For SFC applicants, CI-NTU will refund the full amount of SFC claimed; however, applicants will have to pay for the shortfall from the full course fee incurred as a result.


Contact Details

Contact Person Xiao Jing/ Candy
Tel 6514 1063/ 6592 2538   
Email aclp-diploma@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)


Course Venue

All classes are conducted at the venue of Confucius Institute (NTU@one-north campus) unless otherwise stated.


Course Schedule

Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language (31st Intake, AY2022)
Course Duration 14 February 2022 – 23 November 2022
Schedule 9:30am – 12:30pm (Morning Class)
7:00pm – 10:00pm (Evening Class)


Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language (32nd Intake, AY2022-2023)
Course Duration4 July 2022 – 30 June 2023
Schedule9:30am – 12:30pm (Morning Class)
7:00pm – 10:00pm (Evening Class)


Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language (33rd Intake, AY2023)
Course Duration 13 February 2023 – 22 November 2023
Schedule 9:30am – 12:30pm (Morning Class)
7:00pm – 10:00pm (Evening Class)
Click here for schedule.
Application Closing Date5 December 2022


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DTCL Course Schedule (31st Intake, AY2022, Morning Class)_updated as of 20 Jun 2022

DTCL Course Schedule (31st Intake, AY2022, Evening Class)_updated as of 20 Jun 2022

DTCL Course Schedule (32nd Intake, AY2022-23, Morning Class)_updated as of 30 Sep 2022

DTCL Course Schedule (32nd Intake, AY202223, Evening Class)_updated as of 30 Sep 2022

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