Chinese is one of the oldest languages in the world and the only living language that uses ideograms.  It is spoken by 1.3 billion people not only in China but also in Chinese communities in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.


Chinese language courses for HAEF students cover all levels:  from beginners to preparation for the HSK diploma, issued by Hanban, the governmental Office of Chinese Language Council International.  Additionally, teachers introduce students to the Chinese culture and everyday habits of their native land.


Elementary School 4th – 5th – 6th grades

The teaching of the Chinese language is targeted for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades who wish to have initial contact with the language and culture of China, primarily through the spoken word.  Courses are taught once per week (2 teaching hours), after the end of the normal school day.


The objective at this level is for students to understand simple, everyday phrases, both written and spoken, and to acquaint themselves with the country and the habits of its people.  After two or three years of study, students prepare to take the YCT1 or YCT2 exam (Youth Chinese Test).


Junior High School – High School

Junior High School and High School students have an opportunity to acquire the first three diplomas of Chinese language competence (HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3).


Courses are taught twice per week (4 teaching hours), after the end of the normal school day.


HSK 1 is for students who have acquired a vocabulary of 150 everyday words and basic grammar rules.

HSK 2 is aimed at students who have learned 300 everyday words and the corresponding grammar.  At this level, they can converse about everyday issues, expressing simple ideas and needs.

HSK 3 is aimed at students who have learned 600 everyday words and the corresponding grammatical rules.  At this level, students meet the language requirements to converse about everyday matters in a Chinese speaking environment.