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Aimed at total beginners, our Chinese Mandarin Fast Track course allows students to study Module One and Module Two of the Beginners course in just 10 weeks, starting in January.

Why choose this course?

Whether learning Mandarin Chinese for work, travel or leisure, the Chinese Mandarin Fast Track course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in a range of everyday situations, have an understanding of the basic structures of Chinese grammar, recognise and write some simple Chinese characters and gain insights into the fascinating Chinese culture.

This accelerated Chinese Mandarin short course is an introduction to the language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Chinese Mandarin.

The course consists of two evening class a week, for a total of 10 weeks. During this time you will cover Module One and Module Two of the standard Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1) course. On completion of the course you can enrol on Module Three of the standard Chinese Mandarin Beginners course in the summer term, if you choose to continue your learning.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

This fast track course focuses on daily communication and uses Pinyin to develop speaking and listening skills. You will learn the principles behind Chinese script formation and be introduced to some basic Chinese characters. A systematic learning method is used to lay solid foundations in Chinese grammar and sentence structures. Hands-on tasks and role play exercises are carried out to create realistic situations and distinctive cultural aspects are explored.

Is it the right level for me?

The Chinese Mandarin Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the language.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin, you may wish to join our Chinese Mandarin Beginners Refresher course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Chinese Mandarin Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

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What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Topics covered

  • Greetings;
  • Countries and nationalities;
  • Occupations;
  • Family members;
  • Description of people's appearances;
  • Numbers, time;
  • Days and dates;
  • Clothes;
  • Shopping.

Grammatical structures

  • Pinyin pronunciation;
  • Basic sentence structures;
  • Question words "ma", "ne" "na";
  • Interrogative pronoun "shéi";
  • Negative adverb 'bu';
  • Adverbs 'ye';
  • 'dou';
  • Question word 'duo shao';
  • Adverbial expressions of time, expressing future tense with "yao";
  • Measure words, past tense particle "le".

Learning objectives

  • Exchange greetings;
  • Introduce oneself and others;
  • Ask and give information about nationalities and where people are from;
  • Ask and answer questions about occupations;
  • Ask and answer question about family members;
  • Describe people's appearances;
  • Ask and give information about contact numbers and addresses;
  • Ask for and say days and dates;
  • Make invocations;
  • Ask and tell the time;
  • Make appointments;
  • Talk about clothes;
  • Ask for items and prices;

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

The Chinese Mandarin Beginners Fast Track short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the language.

The fast track course covers Module One and Module Two of the standard Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1) course. Once you have completed the fast track course you may choose to enrol on Module Three of the Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1) course in April/May to complete the full beginners syllabus.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin, you may wish to join our Chinese Mandarin Beginners Refresher course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Chinese Mandarin Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include:

  • role-playing;
  • class room discussion;
  • pair and group work;
  • work on pronunciation and intonation;
  • 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.

Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Discover China Student Book One (Discover China Chinese Language Learning Series) Paperback – 30 Aug 2010
  • Discover China Workbook One (Discover China Chinese Language Learning Series) Paperback – 27 Sep 2010


Please note:

Students are advised to purchase their own copies of the books.

Tutor information

  • Jingya Huang

    Jingya Huang qualified as a Mandarin Chinese Teacher after postgraduate studies in the UK. She has taught in UK schools and worked for the Open University.

    Jingya has worked as a translator and interpreter, and taught Mandarin Chinese at all levels and business Chinese to professionals.

Next steps

This Mandarin Chinese Beginners Refresher Short Evening Course is a perfect course for students with some knowledge of Mandarin looking to perfect their language skills.…