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Confucius Institute

1. What is Confucius Institute?

As China’s economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in the world’s demands for Chinese learning. Benefiting from the UK, France, Germany and Spain’s experience in promoting their national languages, China began its own exploration through establishing non-profit public institutions which aim to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries in 2004: these were given the name the Confucius Institute.

Over recent years, the Confucius Institutes’ development has been sharp and they have provided scope for people all over the world to learn about Chinese language and culture. In addition they have become a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world as well as a bridge reinforcing friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world and are much welcomed across the globe.

According to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Confucius Institutes, the function of Confucius Institutes as non-profit educational institutions is to enhance understanding of Chinese language and culture among foreigners, develop friendly relations between China and other countries, foster the development of multiculturalism and contribute to the building of a harmonious world.

2. What is the Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE)?

Made possible by funding through Hanban and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the educational, cultural and economic ties between China and Canada. Part of a global network of institutes located in 113 countries around the world throughout Asia, North and South America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, the CIE has been promoting Chinese culture and education in Alberta since 2007, and was recognized as Institute of the Year in 2011.

The CIE was placed in Edmonton in partnership with its host, Edmonton Public Schools, as a result of EPSB’s international reputation in Chinese language education.  The strong partnership with the Edmonton Public School Board has allowed CIE to grow and also serve not only Edmonton Public Schools, but many agencies in the community and other schools and post secondary institutions across the region.

  • The CIE supports schools offering or planning to offer Chinese language education.
  • The CIE supports schools and community through cultural education programs in Chinese traditional arts, music, Tai Chi and Chinese history.
  • The CIE hosts Canada’s largest public access library for Chinese culture and language.
  • The CIE supports businesses in language and culture training and community festivals.


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Confucius wasn’t a religious leader, but was a political, social and educational philosopher in China.

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Confucius Classroom

1. What is Confucius Classroom?

The Confucius Classroom is a non-profit educational organization. The council of the Confucius Classroom consisted of executive bodies of both the Chinese and foreign parties of the Classroom, administrates the Confucius Classroom.

The Confucius Classroom’s activities are as follows:

  • Develop Chinese teaching and cultural activities and other competitions relevant to Chinese language and culture;
  • Provide local primary and middle school teachers with training programs;
  • Organize Summer (Winter) Camp Programs in China for local primary and middle school students;
  • Compile Chinese language and cultural teaching materials;

2. How many Confucius Classrooms in Alberta?

There are 16 Confucius Classrooms supported by Confucius Institute in Edmonton, including 5 elementary schools (Caernarvon School, Dovercourt School, Kildare School, Meadowlark School, Meyonohk School), 5 junior high schools (Londonderry School, Parkview School, Rosslyn School, Ottewell School, Edith Rogers School), and 6 high schools (Lillian Osborne School, McNally School, M.E. LaZerte School, Ross Sheppard School, Queen Elizabeth School, Centre High Campus).

3. What supports does Confucius Institute in Edmonton provide for all of its associated Confucius Classrooms?

  • Specialized professional development for Chinese teaching staff
  • Provision of new resources to support Chinese language instruction
  • Twinning with a partner school in Shandong Province
  • Support for joint projects between the school and its partner
  • Support for HSK language assessment
  • Staff access to scholarship study in China
  • Student access to scholarships for summer study in China

4. How to apply to become a Confucius Classroom?

Chinese partner schools should meet the following basic requirements:

  • A wealth of experience in international exchange and suitable conditions for foreign visitors;
  • Capacity for sending a number of qualified Chinese teachers or volunteers;
  • A location in municipality-level or prefecture-level cities or above.

The requisites for a foreign partner institution’s establishing of a Confucius classroom are as follows:

  • An educational institution recognized and accredited by its country’s government;
  • A demand from local citizens and students for learning Chinese language and culture in the locality of the institute;
  • Capacity for providing the Confucius Classroom an appropriate working space, as well as personnel and support in funding.

Application materials prepared by the foreign applicant will include:

  • An application letter signed by the principal or president (both Chinese and English copies);
  • An application plan (both in Chinese and English), including: a. An introduction to the applicant institution; b. Draft programs for Chinese teaching and cultural promotion; c. A floor plan for the required instructional space, and lists of the relevant equipment and facilities available for the proposed Confucius Classroom; d. A projection of management structure; and e. A statement detailing the source, regulation, and management of funding for the proposed Confucius Classroom.

Please contact us for more details.

Courses and Programs

1. Why learn Chinese in Alberta?

  • Chinese, after English, is the most widely spoken language on the earth. Today more people are learning Chinese than are learning French, German and Spanish combined.
  • Alberta government, business and post secondary leaders recognize that proficiency in Chinese will be a significant employment asset in the future.
  • China is the world’s fastest growing economy and will soon be the world’s biggest market. Many economic and industrial projects are already co-invested between Albertan and Chinese interests. “Canadians need to understand that if they wish to be part of the biggest economy in the world, the need to understand the culture and the ability to speak and read Mandarin will be essential. Mr. Bill Smith, Businessman and former mayor of Edmonton
  • Leaning Chinese develops a knowledge and appreciation of a vibrant and captivating culture, and opens a door to international understanding.
  • Research shows that children who learn Chinese at an early age develop superior English language skill.

Children of all backgrounds can enter Chinese language programs and successfully learn the language. In Edmonton Public Schools all students taking Chinese sit for the international Chinese certification (HSK), at one of six levels of proficiency, with a very high rate of success. many students enter the k-12 Chinese Bilingual program, most of whom remain in the program through the high school International Baccalaureate certification. Other students may start at grade 7 or grade 10 in the Language and Culture courses. Similar programs are available in Calgary. For a listing of Bilingual schools in Edmonton see: http://www.ecbea.org/schools.php

2. Does the Confucius Institute in Edmonton offer courses to the public?

The Confucius Institute in Edmonton offers courses in Chinese language and Chinese cultural arts, including Chinese Language for Adults, Chinese Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers, Traditional Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Traditional Dough Art, Chinese Paper Cutting, Chinese Knots, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Dance, Er Hu, Yang Qin, Guzheng, Di Zi (Chinese Flute).

3. What programs does the Confucius Institute in Edmonton provide for EPSB schools?

The Confucius Institute in Edmonton provides free Chinese language and cultural support to EPSB schools. Available programs include Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Painting, Dough Art, Calligraphy, Traditional Chinese Paper Cutting & Knots, Mandarin Language for Beginners, Developing Oral Mandarin.

All programs are available at no cost to district schools.

4. Does the Confucius Institute in Edmonton provide private lessons?

The Confucius Institute in Edmonton provides private Chinese language tutoring for children and adults.


1. Is the Confucius Institute in Edmonton Library open to the public?

The Library is a full public access library, with over 50 000 print and electronic volumes about China, its language, history, culture, etc.

Please go to http://confuciusedmonton.ca/library-2/library/ for more information.

2. Is the Confucius Institute in Edmonton Library free for EPSB teachers?

The Library provides free services for all of EPSB teachers.






Chinese Tests

1. What are Chinese tests?

To help evaluate the Chinese levels of non-native Chinese speakers across the world, Hanban has developed three exams: HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), YCT (youth Chinese test) and BCT (business Chinese test). Hanban will provide outstanding examinees with scholarships and all examinees with an opportunity of summer/winter camps, intending to attract learners to apply to this Chinese evaluation system.

2. How to adjust your test level after registration?

You may cancel your registration or re-register for alternative test levels before you pay the registration fee. Test levels may not be changed after payment.

3. How to modify the registration information?

Before the registration deadline, please visit www.chinesetest.cn, enter your username and password, log into the Personal Information Center and modify your registration information at Test Record Information page. Information updates are limited to personal information. test level, time and location cannot be modified. Should the deadline have passed, please contact the test center to modify your registration information.

4. How to receive HSK preparation materials?

Please visit the Download page at www.chinesetest.cn. You can download HSK test guidelines and Sample materials.

5. How to pay registration fee online?

If online banking service is available at the chosen test center, please pay online at www.chinesetest.cn. If not, please deliver your payment to the test center before the registration deadline.

6. How to get the score report?

45 days after taking the test, the score report will be delivered to the test center where you took the test.

Chinese Bridge

1. Who is eligible for Alberta Chinese Bridge Competition for school students?

  • Alberta resident (Holding Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status);
  • Students who are studying in elementary (grade 1 – 6), junior or senior high schools in Alberta.

2. What are the competition categories?

Elementary Schools:

  • Elementary A (One): Grade 1 – 3 Students studying in Chinese
    Bilingual program;
  • Elementary A (Two): Grade 1 – 3 General Public Students;
  • Elementary B (One): Grade 4 – 6 Students studying in Chinese
    Bilingual program;
  • Elementary B (Two): Grade 4 – 6 General Public Students.

Junior High Schools:

  • Junior High A: Students studying in Chinese bilingual program;
  • Junior High B: Students studying in Chinese and Culture program;
  • Junior High C: Students from general public.

Senior High Schools:

  • Senior High A: Students studying in Chinese bilingual program
  • Senior High B: Students studying in Chinese and Culture program
  • Senior High C: Students from general public.

3. What are involved in the competition?

  • Chinese Speech Competition in Mandarin (max 2 minutes) – Original writing.
  • Talent Competition (max 2 minutes) – Any form relating to Chinese language and culture, such as songs, piano or other music, dance, drama, calligraphy, martial art etc.
  • Knowledge about China and Chinese cultures – Test form: multiple choice

Note: For the students in Elementary Group A, the speech does not require original writing.

4. What are the prizes?

All the participants will receive the participation certificates. The number of prizes for each of the categories is:

  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
  • Special Awards

Confucius Institute will make the recommendation of those winners from junior and high schools to participate in the Chinese Bridge World Competition in China. Those winners from elementary schools will be eligible to attend the summer camp free of charge organized by Confucius Institute in Edmonton here in Edmonton.

5. Who is eligible for Alberta Chinese Bridge Competition for university students?

The following students are not qualified to register for the Alberta Chinese Bridge Competition for university students:

  • Students whose first language is Mandarin;
  • Students who are from China and are not Canadian citizen and Canadian landed immigrants;
  • Students who studied at junior high school and up in China.

6. Competition contents for university students?

All the participants are required to do the following 3 competition items.

  • Knowledge Contest about China and Chinese Culture
    (In both language of English and Chinese) – 10 minutes
  • Talent Competition – 2 minutes
  • Chinese Speech Competition – 2 minutes

Summer Camp

1. Who is eligible for the summer camp organized by the Confucius Institute in Edmonton in July?

The winners of the Alberta Chinese Bridge for elementary school students and  the winners of HSK/YCT tests.

2. Is the summer camp free of charge?

The summer camp is free of charge.

3. What activities do you do at summer camp?

The summer camp is full of activities including traditional Chinese painting, Dough Art, traditional Chinese paper cutting & Chinese knots, calligraphy, Chinese Yoyo, etc.