1. Credit Mandarin Chinese
  2. Non-Credit Mandarin Chinese
  3. Public Lecture Series
  4. Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra

The National Capital Confucius Institute at Carleton University offers a diverse array of courses and programs for those with an interest in Chinese language, Chinese culture, doing business in/with China, China-Canada relations.

While some courses are specifically for students registered at Carleton University, many others are open to the public. Both credit and non-credit courses are available.

Credit Mandarin Chinese

Credit mandarin Chinese courses are offered through the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.

Non-Credit Mandarin Chinese

(Live online Chinese course)

The Non-credit Chinese language courses offered through the Confucius Institute at Carleton University are delivered by the visiting scholars/ certified instructors from the Chinese Universities. The curriculum, pedagogical methodology and enrolment standard are based on the Official Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK) classification, this would benefit the learners for future HSK test which is required by many Chinese universities and organizations for international studies and employment opportunities. The courses are designed to target the language skills in daily conversation and practices including speaking, social and business communications. In addition, related cultural knowledge, group activities and events will be introduced and arranged as an integral part of the teaching. Consultations are available for advanced studies of Chinese language and culture.

Courses are offered in Entry Level and Intermediate Level. Orientation, interview and placement test maybe required for enrolment. The average class is 45 minutes per session, 4 sessions per week, 10 students per class max.. All classes are at St. Patrick’s Building at Carleton University.

For orientation, interview, placement test and all the other course related questions, please contact Professor Ping Xiang at pingxiang@cunet.carleton.ca

  • Cost: $100 (Registered Student/Senior/Faculty), $300 (Alumni), $450 (Public)

2020 Summer Schedule

Entry Level

(For beginners)

Every Mondays & Wednesdays 18:00 – 19:30

August 3 – October 7 

Intermediate Level Every Tuesdays & Thursdays 18:00 – 19:30

July 7 – September 24, 2020 (12 weeks)

Advanced Level

(Online learning)

Every Mondays & Wednesdays 18:00 – 19:30 

July 6 – September 23, 2020 (12 weeks)

  • All courses will be held online via in-house learning platform & app. Live online classes are organized in a live virtual meeting room where students and teachers meet together to communicate with voice, video, whiteboard.
  • If class schedule conflicts with the public holidays, the arrangement will be discussed by the instructor and the learners

Public Lecture Series

To understand China, history must be more than a background, but the framework for analyzing the present. The impact of culture and traditions is sometimes ignored, and it is not unusual for outsiders to look at China from the perspective of their own societies. The Confucius Institute at Carleton University is pleased to offer the “Understanding China Lecture Series” in which China is viewed from the perspective of her history, culture and traditions, as well as the current development. This Lecture Series are offered in Winter and Fall semesters during the regular office hours for the students and faculty members as well as general public. The theme topics of the lectures may vary each semester and are selected in the areas of Chinese culture, business, international education, international relations and policy. Guest lecturers will include visiting scholars and business executives from China, diplomates from the Chinese Embassy in Canada, and Canadian scholars and researchers.

Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra

The Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra (OTPO) aims to blend the unique and enchanting sounds of traditional Chinese instruments with musical idioms from the Western jazz, pop and classical traditions. This group of young musicians explores new sonic landscapes, techniques, and modes of creative performance by planting themselves in a unique environment that encourages learning through first-hand experience. The OTPO is a student and alumni-run world fusion music ensemble supported by the Confucius Institute at Carleton University in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. The OTPO celebrates Canada’s diversity through cross-cultural collaboration.

The OTPO proudly features its own core members:

Jams Arif | arranger, xiao, trombone, percussion, etc.

Dennis Bass | xiao, saxophone, flute, etc.

Matthew R. Devost | director, arranger, zhongruan, etc.

Rebecca Eagle | guzheng, voice, percussion, etc.

Jessie Fleet | harp, guzheng

Dr. John Higney | liuqin, pipa, lute, etc.

Yaling Hu | voice, pipa

Angelo Leo | zhongruan, percussion, etc.

Branden Steele | double bass

Kelly Tang | erhu, violin