Workplace Chinese

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Photograph of Chinese lanterns hanging from a buildingOverview:
In this introductory course, specially tailored for the New Zealand workplace, you will learn the basics of Chinese language and culture. You will gain a greater understanding of conducting business with China, including receiving Chinese visitors, visiting China, and business communications with Chinese.

You will have the opportunity to sit the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) standard Chinese language test, Level 1, at the end of the course. Test is optional and involves a small fee that is not included in the course fee.

Course materials:
Printed course materials will be provided.

Target audience:
This course will benefit anyone who is involved with China or Chinese in the work context. It will be especially useful for anyone whose work will touch on 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events and activities.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Master Chinese Language pronunciation, including the recognition and writing of Pinyin, four tones;
  • Use the oral communication, including greeting, self-introduction and asking questions;
  • Understand basic differences between Chinese Language and English;
  • Gain a better understanding of Chinese culture and society as it relates to professional interactions;
  • Learn elements and constructions of Chinese characters and become capable of writing 20-50 Chinese characters.
  • Learn HSK 1 vocabulary as request

Course outline:
Session 1: Introduction of Chinese Language

  • Different forms of greetings

Session 2: Greeting and Introduction

  • Ask and give personal information
  • Chinese Name Culture
  • Learn nationalities and names of countries

Session 3: Job related topics

  • Tailored to students’ needs

Session 4: Etiquette and Small Talk

  • Toasting, cultural differences 

Session 5: Numbers and Date

  • Understand days of the week & months of the year 
  • Understand numbers up to 100

Session 6: Daily routine

  • Understand and explain a basic itinerary 

Session 7: Directions and Transportation

  • Speak about locations in a city
  • Different transportation

Session 8: Shopping

  • Price and online shopping

Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.

There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early.

Chunxiao Lu is a native Chinese speaker from the Northeast region of Dalian in China. She holds teaching qualifications for both Chinese secondary school speakers of other languages from China. She has an MA in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and a Certificate of Putonghua Proficiency Test with Level 1 (Top Level) Grade 2.

Chunxiao is employed by Xiamen University and posted by Hanban to New Zealand in 2015. She has worked at Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington since then, and has been designing and delivering tailored language programmes for NZ Officials, business, including MFAT, MBIE, NZ Police, Education New Zealand, NZ Film Commission and NZ Bankers Association. etc.

Chunxiao co-delivered Chinese Language and Culture workshops to NZ Army Museum, Pukeko Pictures, and Footnote Dance. She is also the chief examiner organising HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) in Lower North Island.

In 2018, Chunxiao participated a year-around professional training programme-TPLT (Transferring Practice in Language Teaching), which has been a Ministry of Education funded programme for 13 years. She is keen to put Task-based Language Learning and Teaching pedagogy and Intercultural Language Teaching into practice.

She has taught Chinese to non-native speakers since 2008 and before coming to New Zealand, she worked at the international department of Dalian University of Technology as a language teacher, and taught foreign students in China from over 100 countries.

Relevant links:
School of Languages and Cultures
Confucius Institute
Language Learning Centre

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.