Chinese Mandarin Beginners Refreshers Short Courses
You already read Pinyin and can easily introduce yourself and others in Mandarin. You can tell the time when your Chinese colleague asks you Xiànzài jǐ diǎn and talk about your daily routine. When attending meetings with Chinese speaking clients, you are able to offer drinks and make polite conversation
families and hobbies. But now you want to improve your Pinyin tones and make your pronunciation clearer. You want to be more confident with your speaking and grammar usage to prepare you for Mandarin Lower Intermediate.
This Mandarin Chinese Beginners Refresher short course is aimed at students with basic knowledge of Mandarin, i.e. you have completed Mandarin Beginners, Mandarin Fast-Track, or are familiar with other Chinese dialects.
Topics taught at beginner level are revised with an emphasis on fluency. New grammar and vocabulary are introduced after consolidating previously learned topics. The course helps students build confidence, strengthens their ability to communicate more fluently and offers the opportunity to broaden cultural understanding.
If you missed the October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Chinese Mandarin, you can join the Chinese Mandarin Beginners Refreshers course in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.
Why Choose a City Short Course?
Delivered by native speakers, our Mandarin Chinese Beginners Refreshers short course is the ideal course for anyone who has completed our Mandarin Chinese Beginners course.
The programme is taught over ten weeks in the evening at our central London location.
|Start Date||Start Time||Duration||Cost||Course Code||Apply|
|Thursday 5 October 2017||18:30 - 20:30||10 classes over 1 term||£235.00 (Term 1)||CS1025||Apply Now|
|Thursday 18 January 2018||18:30 - 20:30||10 classes over 1 term||£235.00 (Term 2)||CS1025||Apply Now|
|Thursday 3 May 2018||18:30 - 20:30||10 classes over 1 term||£235.00 (Term 3)||CS1025||Apply Now|
|Thursday 5 October 2017||18:30 - 20:30||30 classes over 3 terms||£560.00 (All Terms)||CS1025||Apply Now|
Yinghong Huang is trained and qualified as a Mandarin Chinese teacher in Shanghai and holds a MA in Education Management from King's College London. She started her teaching career at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and has taught Mandarin and Business Mandarin at King's college, Roehampton University as well as London Business School. She joined City in 2005. In 2009, she published a Business Mandarin textbook "Business Chinese 20 Essential Topics". She is the coordinator for language short courses at City Enterprise Office.
Have completed 30-40 hours of prior learning.
You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.
What will I learn?
Basic strokes, radicals and components of Chinese characters; basic rules of writing Chinese characters; currencies and prices; buying fruits; bargaining; choosing gifts; colours; shopping for clothes; food and drinks; ordering food and drinks; dining experiences;
Question word "duōshǎo" and its difference with “jǐ”; common measure words; comparison word "bǐ"; use aspect marker "guò" to describe past experience; verbal complement “de” for result;
*Understanding basic rules of Chinese characters
*Asking and telling prices
*Discussing gift options
*Comparing style, colour and material of clothes
*Talking about favourite food and drinks
*Ordering food and drinks
*Discussing food preference and dining experience
Public transportation; hiring a taxi; buying train or bus tickets; getting on and off transportation; hotel rooms and availability; hotel facilities and services; phone calls; receiving visitors; mobile communication;
Link verbs with adverbs using "de"; make comparison using adjective + complement; ordinal numbers with measure words; using “de” to link a verbal phrase with a noun; shortening of noun phrases; question words used in statements; verbal complements “wán” and “hǎo”;
*Being able to recognise commonly used characters
*Taking a taxi
*Discussing traffic and road conditions
*Giving suggestions about travel routes
*Buying train tickets
*Asking and telling room vacancies
*Booking hotel room
*Making complaint about hotel facilities
*Making phone calls
*Inviting guests for home visit
*Making and receiving business phone calls
Socialising; small talks; favourite travel destinations; holiday experiences; writing letters; sending postcards; catching up on recent events;
Structure “shì…de” to express the time or manner of a past action; structure “wán…..le” to indicate the completion of an action; preposition “géi”; emphatic word “dōu”; “le” for indicating change of state; negative sentences with “yě”;Emphatic word “cái”; use of structure “…….de shíhou”;
*Being able to write most commonly used characters
*Expressing the number of times for certain actions
*Describing a past event in a sophisticated manner
*Telling a story
*Asking and telling favourite travel destinations
*Discussing holiday experiences
*Writing Chinese envelope using correct format
*Writing letters and postcards
*Exchanging information on recent events
Teaching and Assessment
The emphasis of this Mandarin Chinese course is on listening and speaking. The lessons during the Beginners Refreshers short course focus on language that is required in authentic situations. Pinyin is used as pronunciation tool but Chinese characters will be introduced throughout the course. Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context.
Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.
All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.
Colloquial Chinese by Qian Kan, Routledge, ISBN: 9780415434171
Business Chinese 20 Essential Topics by Yinghong Huang and Carrie Wei, Cypress Book, ISBN: 1845700260
Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from the City bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.
Having successfully completed Mandarin Beginners Refreshers, you can progress to the Chinese Mandarin Lower Intermediate (Year 2) short course.