HSK Courses Explained

In 2016, we introduced the HSK courses to Jersey. Since then, questions about the courses and the honours they brought to our students, parents and us, have never ceased. We are delight to witness the growing interest of learning the Chinese language in Jersey. We are also missioned to scale the provision and let more people benefit from the great opportunities learning Chinese can bring along.

The video below together with the Course Explanation will give you a good understanding of learning Chinese in global environment and the ins and outs of starting this exciting course with ThinkChinese. Enjoy and we hope to see you on board!

 

What is HSK?

HSK is a series of certificate courses, which is authorized by Hanban, the only Chinese government-funded institute to promote Chinese language and culture overseas. Hanban is headquartered in Beijing and has offices in more than 220 cities in 110 countries worldwide. ThinkChinese is directly linked with Hanban UK to coordinate all certificate courses in Jersey.

HSK has six levels – Levels 1 & 2 are elementary levels, Levels 3 & 4 intermediate and Levels 5 & 6 advanced. No pre-knowledge in Mandarin is required for HSK1. The vocabulary covered in each level is shown in the chart below:

Level Vocabulary Learning time with ThinkChinese
1 150 18-22 hours
2 300 20-25 hours
3 600 60-75 hours
4 1200 Varies
5 2500 Varies
6 5000 Varies

The HSK1 course will enable you to talk about yourself, job titles, nationalities and transport. You will able be able to describe time, date, weather, and respond in simple shopping scenarios. This series of courses are suitable for adults and secondary school students.

ThinkChinese organizes lessons in small groups (usually 3-6 students) to ensure all students are taken care of. In 2016, 36 students taught by ThinkChinese took the HSK exam in JCG, the first HSK test centre in Jersey. They all passed their desired levels with excellent results, two of whom obtained full mark in HSK1! To date, nearly 200 students sat Chinese proficiency exams in JCG test centre, 6 out of which achieved full marks in HSK Level 1.

Q & A

  • When do I take the exam after my study?

ThinkChinese organizes exams three or four times a year. Generally speaking, by the end of the course there will be an exam available in just a few weeks.

  • Can I proceed to the next level without taking the exam?

Yes, you can. For some students learning is purely out of their interest. Obtaining a certificate may not be on the top of their list of priorities. We believe your level of Mandarin Chinese does not need to be proved by a certificate! However, should you change your mind any time in the future, you can always participate in the exam. In fact, you can still take exams for more advance levels even without certificates for the previous levels.

  • Where I can purchase the HSK textbooks?

For each HSK level, you need to purchase a textbook and a workbook. ThinkChinese provides textbooks and workbooks for all levels. A textbook and a workbook usually cost £35-40.

  • How much is the examination fee?

 The fee for each level is different. The cost for Level 1 is £30. There is a £10 increase for each subsequent level.

  • How much is the tuition fee?

The tuition fee for small groups is £20 per hour session per student. Fees are collected at the beginning of each term.

  • How much self-learning should I expect weekly?

Lessons will be held once a week, which covers one hour tuition. The homework varies based on the level and your motivation. All students are suggested to complete homework in their workbook after each lesson. Generally speaking, for HSK1 students, half an hour homework each week is recommended; for HSK2, it takes about 45min; and for levels above, students should invest 1-1.5hours in homework each week.

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Early Bird

HOT OFF THE PRESS – this summer term we are providing a new exciting opportunity for children between 5-8 yrs to learn Chinese through stories, songs, traditions, arts, and poems! Don’t miss it if you are planning to give your children an early language exposure. Didn’t they say Mandarin is the new French?!!

NOTICE: there are a few places available on this course. Please contact our office to sign up if interested. 

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In the news Again!

After weeks of planning, ThinkChinese Summer School is ready to make its debut in August!

This unique programme is the first of its kind in Jersey. Through the five-day culture immersion lessons, children will not only learn the most widely-spoken language in the world, but also interesting aspects of its culture, including physical exercises, arts, theatre and culinary.

Our three dedicated teachers each focuses on one or two lessons aiming to deliver the most unforgettable experience!

For more information about this opportunity, please follow the links below to read more:

Summer School

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Travel to China with ThinkChinese 2018

ThinkChinese in cooperation with 5 Star Travel China to provide you a special and unique experience visiting China. Our bespoke tour is primarily designed for those who not only wish to visit China for the purpose of sightseeing, but also to experience the culture and interact with the local people.

In the 12 days in China, we will tour you around four distinct major cities in the north, west and the middle of the country. Yangtze River Cruise, one of the highlights of our itinerary, will enable you to embrace the ancient waters and mountains and sceneries along, which all date back to thousands of years ago.

We will also visit Chengdu Orphanage to interact with the children and donate English learning materials on behalf of our loving students and staff members. Wherever we go, ThinkChinese wishes to bring warmth and love to whoever in need.

We hope our travel creates experiences to be remembered in years to come! Click the link below to download the full itinerary:

ThinkChinese 12 Days Yangtze River Cruise China Tour

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Insights on what mandarin means for business shared with BBC Jersey

Mrs Briony Sun, the founder of ThinkChinese was invited by BBC Good Morning Jersey to share her insights on what learning Chinese means to Jersey business and individuals. This is her third time speaking at BBC Radio, followed by the invitation on the Chinese New Year’s Day and her interpreting for the Director of Shanghai Education Bureau with Guernsey BBC.

Mrs Sun mentioned that culture is embedded in the language. Learning Chinese language enables people to appreciate the culture and business practice of one of the world’s largest economy. Knowing the language promotes mutual understanding and therefore assist Jersey in keeping its global outlook.

Mrs Sun also took examples of business etiquette, which is deemed essential in striking good impressions on the potential Chinese business partners.

Our courses on Business Chinese is available and Chinese Business Etiquette will be available early next year. Please contact info@thinkchinese.net or ring 864873 to further details.

The First Mandarin Proficiency Awards Ceremony in Jersey

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The first Mandarin Proficiency Awards Ceremony is held in Jersey in June 2016 at JCG secondary school. This event is to celebrate our first group of 11 candidates, who took part in the Mandarin Proficiency Assessment (HSK1, HSK2) earlier this year. All candidates achieved their desired results through a few months course work. The candidates are at all ages with different background, among which three are students from JCG. Other professional includes people who work in finance, law and medicine.

We are delighted to have the Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, and a few school headteachers to celebrate the achievement with us on the day. All certificates were awarded by the Chief Minister following by a speech from the Owner of ThinkChinese, Briony Sun.

We hope this special day left mark on our students’ study life and becomes one of those to be long remembered.