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HSK-1入门课程:跟13亿人学汉语(HSK-I Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People)


Taught in English, this course is suitable for beginners of Chinese language. The most attractive part of this course is the fact that it is closely connected with the HSK tests. There are exercises for HSK tests at the end of each unit, and after completing this course, students can receive a HSK (level I) Grade Report issued by Hanban/Chinese Testing International (CTI).


I'm glad that you come here to begin your journey of learning Chinese. Here you will learn everyday Chinese, get to know interesting Chinese characters and learn about the HSK exam. The following are a few things that you need to know before starting the class:

First: What does this course include?

      This course lasts for six weeks and is taught in English.

      This course includes six units, which include greetings, self-introductions, transportation, food.

      Each unit consists of conversations, Chinese characters, Peter’s afternoon tea and HSK exercises. The conversation section and Chinese characters section contain a lot of videos and exercises.

Second: Who are this course for?

      This course is mainly for Chinese beginners and Chinese learners who are interested in the HSK examination.

Third: What is the biggest highlight of this course?

The course follows the HSK test closely, which is a combination of teaching and examination. The HSK exercise module contains past exam questions and new words from the HSK (level I) test. The past exam questions of the HSK (level I) will help you familiarize yourself with the HSK test and assess your degree of mastery of a certain lesson, while the new words section include words related to the topic of a lesson which have not yet appeared in the text but belong to the HSK (level I) vocabulary.

Forth: What do you learn?

Pronunciation method of Chinese language

Common Chinese words and sentences in daily fife

Some of the most basic and frequently used Chinese characters

How to communicate with Chinese people

Fifth: How to grade?

After each class there are 5-8 HSK exercises, which all add up to a total of 40 questions. Each question scores 1 point. (Note: The English version of these exercises are only designed to be used as a practice tool, and is excluded from the total score).

Sixth: How to get a certificate?

After completing this course, the students who gets more than 60% correct answers of HSK exercise will receive a HSK (level I) Grade Report issued by Hanban/Chinese Testing International (CTI).


 This course is suitable for beginners of Chinese language. The most attractive part of this course is the fact that it is closely connected with the HSK tests. There are exercises for HSK tests at the end of each unit.




Professor Ding received his M.A. from Peking Univeristy. He is currently a professor at the School of Humanities, Tsinghua Univeristy, and he was previously deputy director of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, director of International Chinese Language and Culture Center and director of Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University. Professor Ding has been invited to be visiting professor and scholar to various universities in Hong Kong, the United States and Japan. His research interests are classical Chinese literature and teaching Chinese as a second language. He published more than 10 works include: Poems of Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties, Classic Chinese Poetry in All Ages, Progress of Mandarin and Tsinghua Mandarin etc. He also taught 'Studies of Ancient Chinese Fictions,' 'Ancient Chinese,' 'Advanced Chinese Reading,' and 'Reading and Writing' at Tsinghua University. Due to his excellence in teaching, he won the first Tsinghua University Teaching Award.


Wang Xiaoning received her M.A. in Modern Chinese at Beijing Normal University in 1991 and M.Phil. in Politics at Hong Kong Baptist University in 1998. She is currently an associate professor teaching and conducting research on Chinese as a second Language in the School of Humanities, Tsinghua University. Since 1991, she has given various Chinese courses including Listening, Conversation, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Chinese Characters and HSK Intensive Preparation to international Chinese learners, undergraduates, postgraduates and taught in exchange programs in Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. She has published over 30 Chinese textbooks such as Experiencing Chinese, Chinese Sentence Patterns, My First Chinese Book, Theme-based Dictionary for Composition Writing, Theme-based Dictionary for Sentence Building, Chinese Idiom for HSK, and HSK Training Skill for Listening. In this course, she will guide you into the world of interesting Chinese characters.


Lu Li is an associate professor at Tsinghua University. She received her B.A. from Shaanxi Normal University in 1986 and then taught Chinese as a second language at Xi'an International Studies University. She has been teaching Chinese as a second language at Tsinghua University since 1993. In 2011, she received a Master’s degree from Tsinghua University. Lu Li also taught at Samsung Electronics Co. in South Korea for six months in 1998, for an academic year at the College of William and Mary in USA in 2003 and for six months at Ferris University in Japan in 2013. She has taught primary and advanced speaking, listening and comprehensive Chinese language courses to both beginners and graduate students. Lu Li has published four textbooks on Chinese as a second language and two books on Chinese language teaching in collaboration with colleagues. Three of these six books have been classified as "outstanding" by Tsinghua University in 2012.


Ms. Yuan Li is a lecturer at the School of Humanities, Tsinghua University. She is fascinated by exploring various methods of teaching Mandarin Chinese. In her 12 years of teaching, having a deep love to her job, she insists on employing various games and other teaching methods in her class, which makes her a very popular Chinese teacher among students. She was thus invited to the Confucius institute for Business London twice to teach Chinese. To the present, Ms. Li has taught over one thousand foreign students from all over the world and she would like to remain friends with them forever.


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