Chinese Mandarin Beginners - Year 1 Short Courses
The Chinese Mandarin Beginners course is run by excellent and highly experienced tutors. It offers a systematic approach to teaching a foreign language to beginners who want to lay solid foundation for Chinese grammar and who are keen to communicate in Mandarin within a short space of learning time. It is a three-term Chinese Mandarin course for total beginners, running once a week in central London.
Each term has ten two-hour classes. Whether you are studying the Chinese Mandarin for Beginners course for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the course will enable you to communicate confidently, socialise and not feel out of place in China. All terms focus on learning Chinese Mandarin by developing affective daily communication with native Chinese speakers using Pinyin as the main learning tool, but the basic strokes and radicals of Chinese characters will be taught as well.
If you missed an October enrolment you can join the Chinese Mandarin course in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed.. You can either do this by contacting us on 020 7040 8268 or by checking your level using our online guidelines.
Dates and Fees to be confirmed
Yinghong Huang is an experienced teacher of Mandarin to adults in the UK. Formerly working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, she has trained many government officials as well as company employees and business professionals. She specialises in business Chinese and has been working at City University Cass Business School since 2004. She is also a registered Mandarin Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
No prior knowledge required.
What will I learn?
The following topics will be covered in class: Pinyin and the phonetic spelling rules; exchanging telephone numbers; introducing oneself and others; talking about nationality and the country you're travelling to; discussing a city or a birth place; asking about dates and year; talking about age, birthday and travel plan; sharing information about daily schedule and routine; inviting others going to restaurant and cinema. Shopping for fruits and daily necessities; discussing quantity and price; talking about favourite drinks; ordering drinks in coffee shops or pubs; sharing information about favourite restaurants and dishes; ordering food in restaurant; proposing for a toast and asking for bill; visiting family and do some small talks; exchanging language learning experience; giving out your contact details.
Teaching and Assessment
The course will include formative evaluation (to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses), an oral presentation and continuous support from your tutor. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.
Pinyin is used throughout the course.
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 University bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.
Having successfully completed Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1), you can progress to Chinese Mandarin Lower Intermediate (Year 2).
At the end of Year 1 (Beginners) students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.