About this Specialization
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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)...

Skills you will gain

Chinese LanguageHanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Chinese for HSK 1

4.8
476 ratings
155 reviews
Nǐ hǎo! 你好!Welcome to Chinese for HSK Level 1 - a Chinese course for beginners. My name is YU Bin. I am very happy to meet you here! HSK stands for Hànyǔ (Chinese) Shuǐpíng (level) Kǎoshì (test), which is the most important Chinese proficiency test in use today. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using Chinese in their daily, academic and professional lives. Chinese for HSK Level 1 is the first part of the 6 levels and assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of Level 1 of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will learn:  30 video lectures with dialogue role plays by PKU students;  More than 150 commonly used words;  Around 50 key grammar points;  New words and texts via audio;  Quizzes for each lesson and HSK test papers;  Videos for 70 basic Chinese characters (optional);  Supplementary materials about China (optional). In short, the course covers the four skills although only listening and reading are tested in HSK. At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further your Chinese language studies. Have a fantastic journey of Chinese learning. For more information about HSK please visit: http://english.hanban.org/node_7581.htm....
Course2

Chinese for HSK 2

4.5
191 ratings
62 reviews
Welcome to HSK level 2 course! This course is called “Chinese for HSK Level 2”, which is also the second step towards HSK Level 6. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will be able to express your views towards some simple and common daily life topics. In this course, we have  24 lecture videos and in class exercises  44 short videos in complement to the context of learning material  Over 150 new vocabularies, 62 new grammar points as well as relevant pictures and examples  Downloadable practice charts for over 100 basic Chinese Characters  Weekly online quiz and final simulation exam questions This course covers the entire content that stated in the HSK Level Two Outline. It does not matter if you complete HSK Level 1 or not, as long as you have obtained basic Chinese language competency, I would like to welcome you to join the journey of learning Chinese with us. I believe you will continue enjoying the happiness that Chinese brings to you....
Course3

Chinese for HSK 3 PART I

4.7
120 ratings
41 reviews
大家好!Hi, everyone, welcome to join our Chinese for HSK Level 3 course. This is CHEN Li and LU Yun, and we are very happy to meet you here! Chinese for HSK 3 is a 10-week course. It consists of two parts: Part I, which is a 6-week program, covers vocabulary and grammar delivered mainly through dialogues and passages; Part II takes 4 weeks to complete and the foci are exercises and testing strategies. Chinese for HSK 3 aims at the third level of HSK. It is the counterpart of Level 3 of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Chinese for HSK 3 Part I includes:  30 video lectures with dialogue role plays by PKU students;  More than 300 new words on the basis of HSK 1 and HSK 2;  More than 60 new grammar points;  Review the words you have learnt in HSK 1 and HSK 2 courses.  New words and texts via audio;  Quizzes for each lesson and HSK test papers; At the end of the course, you will be able to communicate in Chinese at a basic level in your daily, academic and professional lives. You can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China. Specifically, you will master certain grammar knowledge containing fundamental sentence structure and usage like sentences with “把”, sentences with “被”(passive voice), comparative sentences and rhetorical questions. Moreover, you will master the meaning of fixed structure and usage of sentences like “….for sb…”(对…来说), “increasingly…” (越来越), etc. It does not matter if you complete HSK Level 1-2 or not, as long as you have obtained basic Chinese language competency. Hope you enjoy our Part I course and glad to see you in our next Part II course. CHEN Li, LU Yun and Chinese for HSK Level 3 team....
Course4

Chinese for HSK 3 PART II

4.7
44 ratings
16 reviews
大家好!Hi, everyone, welcome to join our Chinese for HSK Level 3 course. This is CHEN Li and LU Yun, and we are very happy to meet you here! Chinese for HSK 3 is a 10-week course. It consists of two parts: Part I, which is a 6-week program, covers vocabulary and grammar delivered mainly through dialogues and passages; Part II takes 4 weeks to complete and the foci are exercises and testing strategies. The HSK (Level 3) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 80 items.The test will last for 90 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information). In this course, You will learn:  Know about the HSK Level 3 Test  Know about each type of questions and be familiar with test requirements.  Review the words you have learnt in HSK 1 ,HSK 2 and HSK 3 Part I courses.  A lot of Practices from Sample Test and Official Examination Paper of HSK Level 3.  Help to improve your Chinese aural comprehension abilities and test skills.  Quizzes for each lesson and HSK test papers. It does not matter if you complete HSK Level 1-2 or not, as long as you have obtained basic Chinese language competency. Hope you enjoy our courses CHEN Li, LU Yun and Chinese for HSK Level 3 team....

Instructors

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YU Bin

Instructor
School of Chinese as a Second Language
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LIU Lixin

Associate Professor
School of Chinese as A Second Language
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CHEN LI

School of Chinese as A Second Language
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LU Yun

Associate Professor
School of Chinese as A Second Language

About Peking University

Peking University is determined to make its education openly accessible to students in China and around the world. With over 3000 faculty members, Peking University offers excellence in teaching and learning. Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) was the first national comprehensive university in China. For the past 115 years, with its hundreds of thousands of outstanding alumni, Peking University has made prominent contributions in the humanities and sciences to further China's prosperity and progress....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • HSK( Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK test was launched by Hanban, consists of six levels (from level 1 to level 6, level 6 is the highest level).

  • The commonly Chinese used words and grammar structures of this specialization you will learn are designed by the newest HSK Test Syllabus.

  • Of course you can! This specialization is designed for all who yearn to learn Chinese. For learners who will take test, this specialization will help you to master core vocabularies and key grammar points of HSK. For learners who haven’t intention, this specialization will improve your abilities of using Chinese.

  • ①Systematic training. Three different level courses fit for your needs, improving your Chinese language proficiencies step by step.

    ②Professional designing. Contents of each lesson are specifically designed based on the newest HSK Test Syllabus.

    ③Fun and Interactive Learning. Situational videos in the courses make you enjoy your study, you will follow PKU students in their daily lives and interactions on our campus.

  • Yes, you can enroll in a single course according to your level and needs.

  • CHINESE FOR HSK LEVEL 1, is a 6 weeks course, aimed at Starters of Chinese learning (the course doesn’t ask the learners to know Chinese characters.)

    CHINESE FOR HSK LEVEL 2, is a 6 weeks course, aimed at Beginners of Chinese learning who know about 150 Chinese vocabularies.

    CHINESE FOR HSK LEVEL 3, is a 8 weeks course, aimed at Beginners of Chinese learning who know about 300 Chinese vocabularies.

  • You will master approximately 700 vocabularies and 200 grammar points, as well as using Chinese to handle basic communicative tasks throughout daily life, work and study, such as introduce yourself and your family, describe your daily life and your learning or working experience, ask for help as well as understanding others’ response, talk about topics regarding hobbies of yourself or others, the weather, events, scores, etc.

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