After school programs

Is your school interested in providing opportunity to your students to learn Chinese language and culture but don't have space within your curriculum? Then our after school programs might be the perfect fit.

The importance of China, and Asia more broadly, to our nation's current and future prosperity has been recognised across many platforms: in governmental White Papers, in the Australian Curriculum, in signature government initiatives like the New Colombo Plan and in bilateral Free Trade Agreements. Are your students being offered the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding to participate in the future global economy?

If your school's curriculum is already crowded but you want to develop student interest in and opportunity to explore Chinese language and culture; to enable student opportunity and confidence to pursue Chinese language learning at higher levels of schooling, the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University is ready to partner with you.

We can deliver Chinese language courses to school students as part of after school programs. Students of our after school programs are engaged in a manner appropriate to the environment: the textbook does not drive the class, but rather acts as a guide. Students are engaged through fun and activity-based learning.


Course Overview

The Level 1 course aims to develop the students' basic knowledge and skills in Chinese proficiency, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students enrolled in this course may come from a non-Chinese background or with no prior experience or knowledge of the Chinese language.

The Level 2 aims to further develop the students' Chinese knowledge and skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. Covering familiar topics in students' every life, the course provides a richer variety of expressions and gradually increases the difficulty level in the learning content.

The learning activities in both of these courses will focus on student activities within the context of family, home, school, friends, and the neighbourhood. The learning content is designed and based on topics such as self, home, family, and daily routines. Students can also begin to explore Chinese culture by participating in a variety of activities, which are relevant to Chinese traditional festivals or customs, historical events or wonders, classic art works or stories, daily life routines, and so on.

Level 1 Outcomes

Upon full completion of the Level 1 course, students should be able to:

  • Pronounce phonetic alphabets of Pinyin and reproduce the four tones,
  • Recognise Chinese characters as a form of writing and Pinyin as the spelled-out sounds of spoken Chinese,
  • Complete basic conversation in familiar contexts,
  • Participate in class routines, structured conversations and activities using teacher- modelled tones and rhythms,
  • Writing simple Chinese characters and identify their meaning,
  • Identify different aspects of Chinese culture and how they are similar and different to Australian culture.

Level 2 Outcomes

Upon full completion of the Level 2 course, students should be able to:

  • Consolidate the foundation of knowledge about Pinyin pronunciation and four tones.
  • Recognise more Chinese characters as a form of writing and Pinyin as the spelled-out sounds of spoken Chinese,
  • Complete more conversation in various ways of expression in familiar contexts,
  • Participate smoothly in class routines, structured conversations and activities using teacher-modelled tones and rhythms,
  • Writing more Chinese characters and identify their meanings,
  • Further develop cultural awareness and have a better understanding of lives and customs in Chinese.

Note: After completing both Level 1 and 2, students are likely to be able to prepare for the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), which is the international standardised test of Chinese language proficiency. The YCT comprises of a writing test (levels 1-4) and verbal test (levels beginner and intermediate).


Learning Resources and Class Sizes

Students will be utilising the textbook and workbook Happy Chinese (Kuaile Hanyu) published by Beijing: the People's Education Press. Students will also be provided an A4 notebook and pen.

We recognise the importance of properly sized classrooms so that all students receive receive proper attention to aid their language learning. The minimum class size is 5 students, while the maximum class size is 15 students.


After School Program Fees

ClassesDurationTotal Cost Per Child / Per TermDurationLocation
Level 1: For students with no or very little Chinese language experience10 x 2 hour sessions$3004 terms across the school yearAt school
Level 2: For students with a small amount of Chinese language experience10 x 2 hour sessions$3004 terms across the school yearAt school

Terms and Conditions

Upon enrolment, you'll be asked to accept the following terms and conditions:

  1. Your child's enrolment is only accepted with full payment.
  2. Minimum student numbers required for this after school teaching program is 5 students per class. Should this minimum requirement not be fulfilled, the Confucius Institute reserves the right to renegotiate the delivery.
  3. Please select your course carefully. If you withdraw in writing before the course commencement date, you are entitled to a full refund less $30 for administrative expenses; no refund will be provided for cancellations after the course commencement date.
  4. As soon as your child participates in any class of the course you have enrolled them in, you are no longer eligible for any refund.
  5. The Confucius Institute reserves the right to cancel any course and in such an event students will be fully refunded.

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