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Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University

About Us

Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University (CI-NTU) is jointly established by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

It is the first Chinese language and culture school in Singapore co-sponsored by the Chinese central government. Jointly established by the Office of Chinese Language Council International and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in August 2005, CI-NTU aims to strengthen Singapore’s Mandarin capabilities, providing Singapore with a common platform in learning Chinese language and culture, and enhancing the communication link between Singapore and Chinese communities in other parts of the world. Being one of the earliest Confucius Institute to be set up, CI-NTU is partnering with one of the most renowned Universities in China, Shandong University. With the strong support from the Office of Chinese Language Council International and the College of International Education, Shandong University, CI-NTU engages top-notch Chinese lecturers and educators from renowned China universities. CI-NTU will give full play to its academic excellence and reputation in Chinese culture, sharing invaluable pedagogical resources and the fruit of its laborious researches with the Southeast Asian region and beyond. The Institute is located within NTU @One-north campus and neighbouring the likes of the HQ of Ministry of Education and Biopolis, the epicentre of One–North. The Institute has facilities that include lecture rooms, reading rooms, lounge area, resource centre and recreation zones.

Programmes Offered

Top Chinese Enrichment Programme for International School (5 – 12 years old)​

TCEP – Beginner

Learning Objectives:

  • To nurture a child’s interest in the learning of the Chinese Language by engaging them in a fun-filled and stimulating environment
  • To not only develop a child’s competency in the Chinese language, the Chinese pedagogical classics integrated in the programme also inculcate our students with the right moral values, enhancing their understanding of the Chinese culture
  • To prepare students for the TCEP Foundation 1 Chinese curriculum through initial exposure to themes covered in Foundation 1 curriculum – themes to be covered at surface level in the preparatory course: My Body, Numbers, Colours, Animal and Fruit

Programme Outline:

  • Aural-Listening Training
  • Through short stories and songs, develop simple Mandarin aural and listening abilities
  • Character Recognition and Vocabulary
  • Recognise Chinese characters through picture-word matching activities, flashcard games and word games
  • Able to recognise and read simple and common Chinese characters
  • Simple Sentences
  • Able to apply correct sentence structures to articulate simple sentences

TCEP – Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning Hanyupinyin through language games
  • To enable students to grasp the artful extension of Chinese words, phrases and sentences and thereby fostering lasting interest in learning Chinese

Programme Outline:

  • Fun with Chinese Phonetics
  • Reinforce knowledge of Hanyupinyin through games and flashcards
  • Through interactive reading activities, guide and encourage students to be able to read and tell Chinese stories independently
  • Acing Chinese Radicals
  • Be enchanted by the meaning and stories behind radicals; infer the meaning of characters through identifying radicals
  • Be exposed to common radicals through language games
  • Learn how to differentiate between left and right-side radicals, progress towards recognising the meaning of certain words
  • Words, Phrases and Sentences go hand in hand
  • Sentence Formation: Learn the basics of formulating and combining sentences with commonly used Chinese characters
  • Connecting Sentences: Be introduced to sentence connectors to add sophistication to writing style
  • Festivals and Traditional Practices
  • Expose learners to the history and practices of various Chinese traditional festivals through enthralling short stories
  • Role-play, make the characters in the stories come alive

TCEP – Advanced ​​

Learning Objectives:​

  • ​The programme is designed to nurture student’s interest in learning the Chinese language by engaging them in a fun-filled and stimulating environment
  • Revise and reinforce knowledge of the Pinyin rules and tonations; be exposed to different sentence structures and the commonly used words
  • To prepare students for the Advanced Level curriculum covered next term

Programme Outline:

  • Fun with Chinese Phonetics
  • Revise the Hanyupinyin rules and tonations
  • Correct and reinforce the pronunciation of pinyin through the use of items from our daily life
  • Firm Grasp on the Commonly Used Chinese Characters
  • Be exposed to a wide range of commonly used Chinese characters and phrases
  • Composing sentences: Forming simple and complex sentences using common words and selected phrases
  • Extend simple sentences to complex sentences, encourage vivacious use of great words and phrases
  • Creative Writing
  • ​Tickle your senses, verbalise what is seen and heard
  • Engage in scenario simulations, role-play characters of a story
  • Stimulate creativity in writing, evoke your imagination, learn skills to enrich your writing style

Comprehension Passages and Composition Writing (Primary 3 and 4)

Learning Objectives​

To improve students’ reading comprehension by exposing them to different types of Chinese compositions and equipping them with composition writing techniques.

  • To heighten students’ confidence and ability in composition writing. Students get to practice writing 200-400 words long compositions in 50 minutes.

Programme Outline

Part I: Language Revision

  • Vocabulary Bank: accumulate words and phrases​
  • Writing Structure: introduction, body and conclusion​
  • Composition Practice

Part II: Composition
Oral Composition:​

  • Speaking and writing are carried out simultaneously​
  • Speak out before writing: students’ response and feedback are evaluated
  • Construct and organise ideas verbally before committing to writing

Writing Composition:

  • Picture-based essay (Pri 3 & Pri 4)
  • Topic-based essay (Pri 4)​

Part III: Reading Comprehension

  • Read selected passages and utilised choice of vocabulary words to aid students’ understanding
  • Class Assignment:
    • Chose/Fill in the blanks: Reading comprehension
    • Question & Answer: Reading comprehension II
    • Fill in the essential points
  • Equip students with basic techniques for effective reading

Comprehension Passages and Composition Writing (Primary 5 and 6)

Learning Objectives

  • To guide and introduce students into the academic realm of reading comprehension and composition writing in an engaging yet relaxed manner.
  • To strengthen students’ reading and composition writing capabilities by equipping them with various reading and writing techniques.
  • To add colour and simplify the mostly commonly feared areas of composition writing and reading comprehension.
  • To ensure students are fully prepared to excel for their PSLE.​

Programme Outline

Topic/Picture-based Composition

  • Introduce exam format and procedure
  • Two common problems students faced when writing compositions are a perceived lack of capability and insufficient vocabulary. This proramme will introduce students to simple writing techniques that will enable them to write compelling yet imaginative pieces.
  • How to write an introduction and conclusion
  • Utilise the ‘Link 6 Essentials' method
  • Use constructive words and sentences

Reading Comprehension
Analyse passages, writing styles and pinpoint answers from within

  • Narrative Style: Pinpoint the 6 key essentials of the passage
  • Conclusive Style: Summarise the main idea and conclusion of the passage by making an informed assessment of the topic and methods o expression employed
  • Insightful Style: Grasp the outline of the passage, analyse the main points made, understand the writer's argument and intention

Methods to en​hance students' analytical prowess

  • The ‘Seeking Out' method
  • The ‘Spot the Links' method
  • The ‘Compare & Contrast' method
  • The ‘Explorative' method

Use questions to highlight the main ideas

  • Sum up the passage
  • Grasp key concepts and points while reading

Top Chinese Enrichment Programme – Secondary Level

Learning Objectives

This programme is synchronised with MOE Syllabus, aims to reinforce the knowledge acquired in school and to equip students with the strategies and techniques in mastering Chinese language for school examination and lifelong communication.

Programme Outline

Composition Writing and Letter Writing

  • To introduce the various writing tactics for composition and letter writing through brainstorming and evaluative sessions.

Comprehension Reading and Summary Writing

  • Nurture students’ analytical abilities by imparting them with effective reading and answering techniques.

Mock Test

  • Train students to excel by providing them with intensive practical assessments, and to ensure that they are mentally and academically prepared for their examinations.

Vocabulary Expansion

  • Build up on students’ vocabulary to facilitate the effective communication.

Cultural Walk

  • Gain knowledge of Confucian wisdom through the introduction of The Analects by Confucius.

Chinese Booster

  • Appreciate and understand the significance of moral values through short stories.
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