PRC Study's Elective Workshops
PRC Study offers extra-curricular elective workshops to further
help participants with their Chinese language and cultural learning
experience. Elective workshops are made up of a series of classes,
which are held either in the afternoon or early evening.
Taught by qualified and experienced teachers or experts, the electives may focus on Chinese language development skills or learning more about Chinese culture, history and art. The number and type of workshops offered within each of the categories below varies depending on program scheduling. Students may participate in as many elective workshops as they want which are offered by PRC Study during their study period and the electives may include the following:
|Chinese Character Writing and Reading
The aim of this workshop is to teach students learn to read and write Chinese characters (hanzi), by introducing the radical system (bushou), also referred to as the composition of Chinese characters. Students will also learn of the different brush strokes (bihua) and brush stroke order (bishun) used in writing Chinese characters. Students will learn simple to complex Chinese characters, step
by step from easy to difficult. As part of this process,
students will also learn to read Chinese characters (hanzi), as well as
how to use the Chinese dictionary.
The main purpose of the workshop is to help students become familiar with Chinese writing methods, as well as to improve their ability to express themselves in Chinese through writing composition. Students will learn common Chinese characters and a range of model sentences, so as to better understand, remember and use Chinese characters. Participants will also be presented with a wide range of Chinese phrases, drills, and writing styles and patterns. Students will learn to analyze Chinese writing paragraph by paragraph and learn the differences between speaking Chinese and writing Chinese composition.
|Chinese Idioms (Cheng Yu)
Amongst the Chinese community, someone who is able to master the
use of many Chinese idioms (cheng yu) is considered to have good
command of Chinese (i.e. a well-educated scholar) and is thus
considered as respectable. Chinese idioms often contain literal
allusions, derived from historical stories. The idioms generally
consist of phrases that do not follow normal grammatical language
rules and can have both idiomatic and literal meanings. While there
exists linguistic constructs, word groupings and phrases similar
to English idioms, cheng yu are often made of a fixed number of
Chinese characters, usually four, whose pronunciations tend to
rhyme. This aim of this workshop is to help students learn of different
Chinese idiomatic expressions for use in their daily spoken Chinese.
The aim of this workshop is to help beginner students form
a solid foundation and quickly master the art of Chinese pronunciation.
Using modern and scientific teaching methods under the instruction
of experienced and qualified teachers, students will be given
a chance to learn and further develop their Chinese pronunciation
skills through various drills.
|Chinese Pronunciation Improvement Class
The aim of this workshop is to help intermediate and advanced level students to correct and
improve their Chinese pronunciation skills, with many Chinese tongue twister exercises.
Experienced teachers will instruct the class with the aid of modern phonetic teaching aids. Through group practice and individual monitoring, teachers will help each student to fully comprehend Chinese phonetic knowledge, correct errors in their Chinese pronunciation, and lay a solid foundation for future Chinese studies.
Chinese Calligraphy has a long history in China
and has contributed valuable cultural wealth to
the Chinese society. Chinese calligraphy uses Chinese words as its vehicle of expression. One
does not have to know Chinese to appreciate its
beauty for calligraphy is considered an abstract art. Over the
past few thousand years, various styles of Chinese calligraphy
have evolved. It is said that Chinese calligraphy can reveal
one's personality. To the artist, calligraphy is a mental exercise
that coordinates the mind and the body to choose the best style
in expressing the content of the passage. This form of art is
most relaxing, and can nurture one's physical and
spiritual well-being. This aim of this workshop is
to introduce students to various forms of Chinese calligraphy and to allow students to design their own work of art.
|Chinese Culture and Traditions
China's culture is rich and colouful, amazing and
spectacular. In this workshop, participants will be given a chance to get a glimpse into the various aspects of Chinese culture and find out more about its people as well. Holidays, traditions, comparisons between China and the western societies, and much more will also be covered.
|Chinese Drawing and Painting
The aim of this workshop is to provide students with an introduction to the art of Chinese Drawing and Painting by examining various paintings from figures, landscape, to flowers-and-birds. Students will have the chance to learn about the conventions and traditions associated with this form of Chinese art, learn the basic elements required for traditional Chinese watercolor painting, as well as be able to create their own masterpiece!
This aim of this workshop is to introduce students to various
Chinese games, such as Mah-jong, Chinese Chess, and so on.
Fun and perhaps mentally challenging, this will introduce
participants to some common pastimes that Chinese people
use to spend their free time with friends. Not only will
participants learn new Chinese words associated with the
games, they will begin to learn of Chinese strategies and
more about Chinese culture.
Steeped in 3000 years of history, China's past is extremely dynamic. This workshop will give students a chronological introduction to China's very long history. Students can get an overview of the various dynasties, learn about past emperors, learn more about the various minority groups in China, get insights about the opium war, discover more about Dr. Sun Yat Sun and Chairman Mao, leading to understanding how the People's Republic of China was formed.
In the Chinese Songs workshops, participants will be learn to sing Chinese folk and latest pop songs, as well as the meaning of the lyrics. Lyrics are in pinyin and Chinese characters (hanzi). This workshop is an excellent way to deepen your understanding of Chinese culture and language, especially for those who appreciate music.
Tai Ji Quan can be considered a form of martial arts that focuses on meditation and many learn Tai Ji Quan movements for spiritual, mental and physical relaxation. With many layers of knowledge built into it, Tai Ji Quan's main aim is directed towards cultivating one's code of ethics. In order to improve one's Tai Ji Quan techniques and master the art form, one has to be humble and hardworking, and willing and eager to learn with efforts and persistent.
|Traditional Chinese Massage
Ancient Chinese concepts hold the belief massage can relieve
the human body of illnesses by increasing circulation and energy
flow. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants
to Traditional Chinese Massage. Participants will learn about
the various diagnostic methods and forms of treatment, including
pressure points, and view first-hand methods of cupping, acupuncture,
|Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Not only is Traditional Chinese Medicine greatly relied upon in China, TCM has now become more and more popular in western societies. Ancient Chinese concepts hold the belief that herbal medicine can relieve the human body of illnesses through natural remedies. There are in fact hundreds of different kinds of traditional Chinese medicine, but in this workshop, students will learn about the main categories of herbal medicine, along with the most commonly used herbal remedies, as well as how it is used and what ailments they help to cure.
What is yoga? It is about bending yourself into the shape of
a pretzel Yoga refers to the practice of physical postures
or poses and it has more to do with mental and spiritual well
being than physical activity. Yoga then is about stretching and
creating balance in the body through developing both strength
and flexibility. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice
is always evolving and changing so it never gets boring. Although
the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them
will. This workshop aims to introduce participants to the concepts
of yoga, as well as to have students learn some yoga poses and
to understand the specific physical benefits of each pose.
|Meditation, Chants & Mantras
Do you ever feel stressed out but don't know how to relax
This workshop will teach students how to meditate by using chants
and mantras which are often used by Chinese monks. Through visual
imagery, repeated sounds and chants, and instruction on breathing,
students can learn a new way in which to relax themselves, gain
peace of mind, and to delve more into a spiritual experience.
A practitioner of traditional Chinese foot massage believes that the condition of the whole body is affected by the sole of the feet. They believe each organ in the body is connected to a specific reflex point on each foot through an intermediary of 300 nerves. By a precise and skillful manipulation of these points, vital functions can be stimulated, toxins eliminated, blood circulation improved and nerves soothed. In short, top to bottom well-being is available through the foot. In the workshop, students will learn about the various pressure points in the foot and learn how to give foot massages the traditional and therapeutic way.