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Chinese Language Programs at Sun Yat-Sen University
School for Overseas Educational Exchange (SOEE) undertakes the Chinese language teaching for international students. Its former Center for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (CTCFL) was founded in 1981. The school is one of the earliest departments appointed to teach Chinese as a Foreign Language by the Ministry of Education of China. It has 3 professors, 8 associate professors and 14 lecturers who are experienced and with notable achievements in Chinese language teaching and research.
For international students, the school runs both undergraduate program for Chinese language and non-degree Chinese program with different levels. Applicants who have successfully graduated from senior middle schools can apply for this degree program and the study length is 4 years. Those who aim at enhancing their Chinese proficiency may apply for the non-degree Chinese training program. The study length for this non-degree program is from half a year to 2 years. Besides, the school also runs a Cantonese program.
The school offers such courses as Intensive Reading, Extensive Reading, Speaking, and Listening (visual and aural). Placement into different classes is based on the students' Chinese language proficiency (Chinese beginners included). The school also offers selective courses such as Journal-Reading, Applied Writing, Chinese Grammar, Business Communication, Chinese Idioms, Translation (from Chinese to English, Japanese, Russian, or Vietnamese), Survey of China, Traditional Chinese Culture, Literature Appreciation, Chinese Customs, Chinese Movies, Calligraphy, Chinese Martial Arts (Gong Fu) and Spoken Cantonese. The School for Overseas Educational Exchange (SOEE) is also one of the designated testing centers for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). HSK is given twice a year, respectively in April and November. Those who pass the test will receive the "HSK Certificate" issued by the State HSK Commission.