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Business Chinese Programme

Business Chinese Programme

Confucius Institute, NTU (CI-NTU) has been appointed by SkillsFutureSingapore (SSG) to be an Approved Training Organization (ATO) for conducting Chinese Workplace Literacy (CWPL) courses accredited under the Employability Skills (ES) WSQ Framework.

Business Chinese programme aims to equip individuals with the ability to use Chinese in the course of work. This programme comprises three essential language courses, namely: Listening & Speaking, Reading & Writing, and Comprehensive.


Internationally Recognised Certificate

The CWPL (a.k.a Business Chinese) course, leading to the International Business Chinese Test (BCT), is an internationally recognised certification awarded by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (HANBAN).



Attractive Fee Subsidies

50-95% subsidies are available, terms and conditions apply.



Course Highlights and Objectives

Our courseware is designed by professional, well-qualified trainers with practical learning objectives, which involve real life situation.

In this course, you will be able to:

  • Improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through many common workplace themes, as well as techniques and phrases for many types of situation.
  • Participate in activities that are specially catered to you make use of the skills learnt in class, which also help to boost your confidence.
  • Participate in interesting and interactive classes to make your learning of Chinese a memorial learning experience.
  • Connect with people from different backgrounds with different professionals.



Course Structure

  • This programme comprises three essential language courses, namely: Listening & Speaking, Reading & Writing, and Comprehensive. Each course has different progressive levels catering to different needs: Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate to Advanced.
  • The following flow chart illustrates the various modules you can find in each courses.



Course Outlines

     Listening & Speaking Course (Conversational)

  • Learn and master the Chinese Phonetics (Hanyu Pinyin) at Beginner Level, thus, enhancing the pronunciation and reading of Chinese terms with higher precision, and facilitating more effective note-taking.
  • Improve your listening and speaking skills through many common workplace themes.
  • Learn how to make use of correct terms and phrases in a business-related situation.
  • Learn how to make a sound conversation.
  • Learn how to express thoughts and opinions on different occasions.
  • Improve awareness of language use, in terms of accuracy, fluency and appropriateness.
  • Building confidence in using Chinese.

     Reading & Writing Course (incl. Listening)

  • There will be a combination of rudimentary listening, reading and writing learning activities.
  • Learn and master the Chinese Phonetics (Hanyu Pinyin) at Beginner Level, thus, enhancing the pronunciation and reading of Chinese terms with higher precision, and facilitating more effective note-taking.
  • Understand and master the writing of basic Chinese characters and strokes.
  • Improve reading and written skills through many common workplace themes.
  • Expand business and daily vocabulary to enhance reading and writing abilities, for both formal and informal context.
  • Improve awareness of language use, in terms of accuracy, fluency and appropriateness.
  • Building confidence in using Chinese.

     Comprehensive Course

  • For all-rounded learning of the above skills and content, namely in Listening & Speaking, Reading & Writing.




Medium of Teaching

  • Mandarin / English (partial)




Trainers

This course will be led by very experienced teachers who have obtained Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), or certified trained teachers (through the National Institute of Education, NIE). They have been teaching in local universities, government schools and language schools.



Post-course Assessment: Business Chinese Test (BCT)

  • BCT fees are not included in the course fee.
  • A non-refundable BCT fee (refer to BCT Application Form for details) will be chargeable for trainees who have attended the Business Chinese programme.
  • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents will be eligible for 90% subsidies for the BCT fee. Except applicants whom are re-applying for the BCT within 90 days after previous test but without attending any Business Chinese programme will pay full assessment fee.
  • Trainees must complete the post-course assessment (BCT) within 2 months from the completion date of course.



Certificate

  • Trainees will be awarded a BCT E-Certificate within 2 months after release of results.
  • Trainees will also be awarded a Certificate of Completion from CI-NTU after having achieved minimum attendance rate of 75% per course; alternatively, Certificate of Participation will only be issued to trainee who fulfill a minimum attendance rate of 50% per course.



Pre-Entry Requirement: Placement Test

  • Placement tests are available for applicants to match their Chinese proficiency to the appropriate level (applicants with no prior knowledge of Chinese are exempted).
  • Applicants who have previously enrolled and completed the Business Chinese programme may use their test results as reference for course enrolment to the next level.
  • The placement tests can be taken from Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm. Please call 6592 2538 / 6592 2539 or email to aclp@ntu.edu.sg for an appointment.



Enrolment Procedure

  • Enrolment form can be downloaded from CI-NTU website, requested via email, or obtained from CI-NTU reception counter.
  • Please read all the terms and conditions stated in the enrolment form.
  • Submit the completed Enrolment Form via email to aclp@ntu.edu.sg or our CI-NTU reception counter during office hours.
  • Note to company-sponsored applicant: the Enrolment Form must be signed by a company official and endorsed with the company stamp.
  • All course enrolments are accepted on first come first served basis, subjected to seat availability.
  • Payment will be advised after the enrolment has been accepted.
  • Participants will be informed of the course status at least 5 working days before the course commencement date.




Course Fees

Full Fee & 50%SSG Grant

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Additional Funding Support up to 90%-95%

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50% NSA Grant

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Fee Support

Applicants may apply for the one of the following subsidies and/or credits/funds usage provided by the Singapore Government and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) for the payment of course fee.

(I) Fee Subsidy


(a) SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

Benefit

  • Enjoy 50% subsidy of the course fee.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, aged 21 years and above.
  • Attempted pre-course placement test conducted by CI-NTU (exempted for Beginner Level 1.1 course applicants).
  • Achieved a minimum attendance rate of 75% per course.
  • Completed post-course assessment (BCT) within 2 months from the completion date of course.
  • Participated in post-course surveys.


*Proof of identity status or relevant documents are required for verification purpose.


(b) SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)

Benefit

  • Enjoy up to 90% subsidy of the course fee.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 40 years and above.
  • Attempted pre-course placement test conducted by CI-NTU (exempted for Beginner Level 1.1 course applicants).
  • Achieved a minimum attendance rate of 75% per course.
  • Completed post-course assessment (BCT) within 2 months from the completion date of course.
  • Participated in post-course surveys.
  • For career development and upskilling.


*Proof of identity status or relevant documents are required for verification purpose.


(c) Workforce Training Support Scheme (WTS)

Benefit

  • Enjoy up to 95% subsidy of the course fee.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 35 years and above.
  • Applicants must be employed during and after the course.
  • Monthly income $2,000 and below.
  • Attempted pre-course placement test conducted by CI-NTU (exempted for Beginner Level 1.1 course applicants).
  • Achieved a minimum attendance rate of 75%.
  • Completed post-course assessment (BCT) within 2 months from the completion date of course.
  • Participated in post-course surveys.
  • For career development and upskilling.

  • *Proof of identity status and one of the following document are required for verification purpose.
  • WTS notification letter
  • Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) payout notification letter
  • Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) tax notification letter
  • Sing
  • Po
  • st receipt for CPF income declaration
  • Last 3 months’ pay slips
  • Employment letter / contract dated not more than 3 months before course registration


For more information on the above subsidies, please contact SSG hotline at 6785 5785 or https://portal.ssg-wsg.gov.sg/feedback.


(d) National Silver Academy (NSA)

Benefit

  • Enjoy 50% subsidy of the course fee.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 50 years and above.


For more information, please visit www.nsa.org.sg, or call NSA hotline at 6478 5029, or email to nsa@c3a.org.sg.


(e) Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

Benefit

  • NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 each year.*

Eligibility Criteria

  • Paid-up NTUC membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim.
  • Course must commence within the subsidy supported period.
  • Unfunded course fee must be $20 and above.
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.
  • Achieved a minimum attendance rate of 75%.
  • Sat for post-course assessment (BCT) within 2 months from the completion date of course.
  • UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion.


*Unfunded course fee refers to the balance course fee payable after applicable government subsidy. This excludes GST, registration fees, miscellaneous fees etc.
For more information, please visit http://skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg, or email to utap@e2i.com.sg.


(II) Credit/Fund Usage


(a) SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)

Benefit

  • Receive an opening credit of $500 that willnot expire and periodic top-ups from the Government to offset the course fee of approved skills-related courses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 25 years and above.​
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.


For more information, please visit www.skillsfuture.sg/credit , or call SSG hotline at 6785 5785.


(b) Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Fund

Benefit

  • May utilise the funds in their own and/or their sibling(s)’ PSEA for the payment of tuition fee and selected, on top of the above-mentioned government course subsidies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens (SC) or applicants with SC siblings who have PSEA funds, aged 30 years and below (for PSEA holders).​
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.


For more information, please visit www.moe.gov.sg/psea.
To check the amount of available funds in your PSEA, please call PSE Scheme hotline at 6260 0777, or email to contact@moe.edu.sg.




Penalty Fee

Penalty fee will be imposed if the trainees who enjoys 50% - 95% course fee grant fails to meet any of the requirements stated above.




Refund Policy

Course fees paid to CI-NTU may be refunded if:

Type Percentage of Refund* Written request for refund is received
Registration fee Non-refundable -
Course Fee 100% More than 30 days before the programme commences.
50% Between 15 to 30 days before the programme commences.
0% Less than 15 days before the programme commences.
*For SkillsFuture Credit applicants, the refund amount considered is inclusive of SkillsFuture Credit used.



Contact Details

Contact Person Ming Ming / Candy
Tel 6592 2539 / 6592 2538
Email aclp@ntu.edu.sg
Fax 6779 7859
Venue Confucius Institute, NTU, 11 Slim Barracks Rise, NTU @One-north campus, Executive Centre, #08-01, Singapore 138664 (near Buona Vista MRT station)




Course Schedule

There are available on Part-Time basis, either Weekday Evening (twice a week, 7pm-10pm) or Weekend Morning (once a week, Sat, 9am-12pm) / Afternoon (Sat, 2pm-5pm).

Details refer Course Calendar. Schedule is subjected to change without prior notice. Please email or call to enquire further.

*In case of discrepancy between the English and Chinese version of course relevant information, the English version shall prevail.




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