Calendar 2000–01

New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre Tel.: 2609 6727 Fax.: 2603 5004 E-mail: Website: The New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre offers courses in putonghua and Cantonese designed primarily for non-native speakers of Chinese. Founded in 1963 under the joint auspices of New Asia College and the Yale- China Association, the centre became a part of the University in 1974. Every year over 1,100 students from different parts of the world are admitted to the language centre, ranging from absolute beginners to trained sinologists who wish to polish their spoken Chinese or learn a new Chinese dialect. Courses are offered at all levels so that students can find training suited to their needs and ability. The language centre also teaches putonghua regularly to thousands of Cantonese-speaking students of the University, and Cantonese to regularly admitted putonghua-speaking undergraduates from mainland China. In addition, it cooperates with University units in a range of language activities, such as with the Faculty of Education in a special putonghua course for secondary school teachers. Teachers of the language centre prepare a significant portion of their teaching material and audio-visual aids. The centre operates on a three-term system, with the first and second terms lasting approximately 15 weeks each, and the summer term 10 weeks. Students may register for admission to any term. Beginners’ courses are offered every term. The full-time programme of 15 sessions of classroom instruction per week constitutes the maximum course load. The maximum class size is eight students. In exceptional cases, private tutorials and part-time classes are available. The centre has a full complement of tapes for teaching purposes. Language laboratory facilities are also available. The centre gives credits according to the American system and issues grades and transcripts. Courses taken at the centre have been recognized by major universities for degree credit. For students from institutions not using the credit system, transcripts are prepared in sufficient detail to present a clear picture of the work accomplished by each student. An information brochure is obtainable upon request. All correspondence should be addressed to the New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.