Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language

Applications for 27th Intake, AY2020 are now open!

Information Sessions
Date : 25 October 2019 (Friday) or 20 November 2019 (Wednesday)
Time : 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue : Lecture Theatre 802, Confucius Institute, NTU

Please register online 2 days before the information session or earlier.

This programme is specially designed for those who wish to be trained as a professional Chinese language teacher, qualified for a teaching career in international schools, language centres or tuition centres.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Master the essential knowledge and skills of a professional Chinese language teacher.
  • Understand the contextual difference between teaching Chinese as an international language and as a community language, for the purpose of adopting a differentiated approach in pedagogy.
  • Master the needed expertise to become a Chinese language teacher or school administrator, particularly in the region of Southeast Asia or countries using English as a major working language.

Course Highlights

  • Substantial training on the fundamentals of Chinese language and culture.
  • A focused curriculum on the pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language and teaching Chinese as a community language.
  • Quality programme for further education and upgrading.

Faculty Members

  • The programme is taught by respected scholars and academics from within and outside the country.

Course Structure

  • The course comprises of 8 modules, with a term of 10 months.
  • Each module consists of 30 training hours and carries 3 credits. A student will need to complete all the 8 modules and obtain 24 credits to fulfil the graduation requirements.
  • The maximum candidature for a student will be 2 years (from the date of registration).

Medium of Instruction

  • Chinese

Modules’ Outline

DTCL001 Modern Chinese (3 AUs)
By using the theory of modern linguistics, the course introduces the sound, script and meaning of Chinese words, as well as the syntax and grammatical structure of the language.

DTCL002 Core Knowledge of Chinese Culture (3 AUs)
By using a thematic approach, the course aims at leading students to understand the characteristics of Chinese civilization and modern Chinese society.

DTCL003 Theory and Practice of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (3 AUs)
The course will first mention about how was the discipline of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language come into being. It then follows with an overview of the methods of teaching the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), developing curriculum and designing assessment, against the context of teaching Chinese as a foreign / second language.

DTCL004 Pedagogy of Reading and Writing (3 AUs)
The course introduces a variety of methodologies instrumental for helping the students to develop effective reading and writing skills, with a special orientation to their application on teaching Chinese as a foreign / second language.

DTCL005 Educational Psychology (3 AUs)
As a discipline of modern scholarship, Educational Psychology deals with the cognitive and affective aspects of the learning processes. This course introduces to the students, the basic concepts of Educational Psychology of learning and their practical application in classroom teaching.

DTCL006 Comparative Linguistics (3 AUs)
The course compares and contrasts the similarities and differences (in the aspects of grammar, syntax and phonology) between modern Chinese and English, for the purpose of helping the students to attain a more profound understanding of the grammatical structure of the Chinese language.

DTCL007 Chinese Literature (3 AUs)
This module is a general survey of pre-modern Chinese literature, focusing on understanding the features of the major genre, such as classical poetry, prose, fiction and drama.

DTCL008 Appreciation of Modern Chinese Prose and Poetry (3 AUs)
This module is a general survey of the two major genre of modern vernacular Chinese literature: sanwen (prose) and xinshi (modern poetry). Students will be led to read the representative works and analyse their significant intellectual and artistic accomplishments.

Admission Requirements

Applicant should possess the following academic qualifications:

  • Tertiary Education (or its equivalent).
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education holder must attain at least a C6 grade in GCE ‘O’ Level English (or its equivalent).
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education holder must attain at least an A2 grade in GCE 'O' Level Chinese OR a B3 grade in GCE 'O' Level Higher Chinese (or its equivalent).
  • Non-Singaporean applicant will need to present educational certificate(s) that could prove that he/she is well versed in both Chinese and English.

Applicants who do not meet the above mentioned requirements will have to sit for an entrance test.

Application Procedure

The programme has two intakes in a year, commence respectively in February and July. Each intake moreover has two classes, namely, the morning class and evening class.
Application for the programme will be opened in October for admission in February the following year, and in March for admission in July of the same year.
Application form could be downloaded online from CI-NTU website or to obtain a copy at our CI-NTU registration counter.

Applicants are required to bring along the following original and certified copies of supporting documents for verification when they submit their application form.

Original Documents:

  • Duly completed and signed application form
  • For company-sponsored applicant, the application form must be signed and endorsed by the company stamp
  • Original NRIC / Employment Pass / Work Permit and Passport (whichever is applicable), for sighting during application
  • 3 recent passport-sized colour photographs. Please indicate your name on the reverse of each photograph

Certified Copies of the Original Documents:

  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (or its equivalent)
  • Degree scroll and/or Diploma certificate
  • Transcript(s) of academic record from the tertiary institution(s) attended
  • Any professional certificate(s)

Course Fees

Registration fee $50.00*
Miscellaneous fee $100.00*
Tuition fee $4,750.00*

*Prevailing GST is applicable

Fee Support

Applicants may apply for the following credit usage and/or subsidy provided by the Singapore Government and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) for the payment of tuition fee.

(I) Credit Usage

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
  • Receive an opening credit of $500 that will not expire and periodic top-ups from the Government to offset the tuition fee of approved skills-related courses.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicable only to Singapore Citizens.
  • Aged 25 years and above.
  • Applicant must be self-sponsored.
For more information, please visit or contact SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) hotline at (65) 6785 5785.

II) Fee Subsidy

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
  • NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 each year.*
Eligibility Criteria
  • Paid-up NTUC membership before programme commencement, throughout whole programme duration and at the point of claim.
  • Programme by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period.
  • Programme must not be fully funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
  • Unfunded course fee must be $20 and above.
  • Applicant must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application, and have sat and passed all prescribed examination(s), if any.
  • UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after programme 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 or contact NTUC at

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 -
Tuition 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.
Miscellaneous fee Non-refundable -

*For SkillsFuture Credit applicants, the refund amount considered is inclusive of SkillsFuture Credit used.

Contact Details

Contact Person Ong Ying Yi / Yang Mei Tyan
Tel 6514 1063 / 6514 1062
Fax 6779 7859

Course Venue
Unless otherwise stated, all classes for the programme are conducted at Confucius Institute, Nanyang Technological University.

Course Schedule​

Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language (26th Intake, AY2019-2020)
Course Duration 8 July 2019 – 29 June 2020
Schedule 9:30am – 12:30pm (Morning Class)
7:00pm – 10:00pm (Evening Class)

Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language (27th Intake, AY2020)
Course Duration 18 February 2020 – 20 November 2020 (Morning Class)
17 February 2020 – 20 November 2020 (Evening Class)
Schedule 9:30am – 12:30pm (Morning Class)
7:00pm – 10:00pm (Evening Class)
Registration Closing Date 23 January 2020 (Thursday)

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DTCL Application Form
DTCL Course Schedule (26th Intake, AY2019-2020, Morning Class)
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