Chinese Mandarin Year 2 (Lower Intermediate)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1002 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1002 Course Cancelled
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1002 Course Cancelled
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All Terms) CS1002 Course Cancelled

Course Content

Strengthen and improve your elementary Chinese Mandarin at City, University of London.

This Lower Intermediate Mandarin Chinese evening course is the follow-up to Chinese Mandarin Year 1 (Beginner).

It runs over three terms that progressively build on one another and is aimed at people who have done around 60 hours of formal learning. Lessons take place once a week on Tuesdays for two hours. Each term has 10 weeks. All our language courses are taught by highly experienced language lecturers who are native speakers.

On this Lower Intermediate Mandarin Chinese short course you will learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend your range of expression. You will build on and advance your listening, speaking skills as well as reading and writing skills using Chinese characters.

Delivered over ten weeks, this Mandarin Chinese evening course will enable you to communicate with more variation and fluency, so you feel confident in most everyday situations with Chinese Mandarin speakers. It will also broaden your understanding of the Chinese culture and way of life.

If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Mandarin, you can join the Mandarin Lower Intermediate class 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.

Tutor Info

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 text book "Business Chinese 20 Essential Topics". She is the coordinator for language short courses at City Enterprise Office.


  • approx. 60 hours prior formal study
  • successfully completed Chinese Mandarin Beginners - Year 1
  • be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself; your daily activities and your hobbies; say what you like or dislike; knowledge of the present tense and common adverbs of frequency, have a notion of the perfect tense

English Requirements

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

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of the Chinese Mandarin Year 1 short course will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.

Term 1

Topics covered
Chinese language learning experience; impression of China; trip planning; holiday; health; get-togethers and socialising; Chinese and Western food
Grammatical structures
Using "得" to link a verb and an adverb; making comparisons using " 比…..得多"; "的" as the past particle and to introduce a noun clause; end of sentence "了";Using "什么"in negative sentences; difference between "并且" and "和"; noun clause signalled by "的"; "去" as a direction indicator; "把" sentence; words indicating procedures and sequences.

Learning objectives
o    Talking about learning experiences
o    Describing a holiday location  Giving reasons for doing or not doing something Explaining some health problems
o    Telling a cooking recipe
o    Discussing dining etiquette

Term 2

Topics covered
Chinese traditions; New Year celebration; interests and hobbies; education and studying abroad; employment; applying for a job
Grammatical structures
Using "才" and "就."; using the continuous particle "正在" ; the end-of-sentence "了"; sentences of comparison and contrast; using verbal phrases to modify a noun; shortened forms; passive voice introduced by " 由"; conditional sentence introduced by "如果……的话".

Learning objectives
o    Greetings on New Year's Day
o    Talking about traditions
o    Expressing preferences of literature
o    Talking about football match
o    Writing a letter
o    Discussing student life
o    Talking about job market
o    Making job application

Term 3

Topics covered
Transport and environment; computers and the internet; marriage and children; social reform and changes
Grammatical structures
The formal passive voice marker "被";Informal passive voice markers; Notional passive voice; Use of "得 děi"; Complex structures "不但….而且" and "不仅….还"; "了" as potential compliment of a verb; "得 de" before a verbal phrase or clause; Complex patterns such as "宁愿…也"; Differences between "问", "让", "叫" and "请"; "把" sentence; Using "虽然….但是"

Learning objectives

o    Talking about different transport
o    Discussing the benefits of riding a bike
o    Going to the internet bar Sending emails
o    Comparing the changes in perception for marriage
o    Preparing for a wedding
o    Discussing successful township and village enterprise

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis of the Year 2 Chinese Mandarin short 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 as well as grammar in context.  Games and character writing practice will help to learn effectively with fun. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Colloquial Chinese 2: The Next Step in Language Learning (Colloquial Series)
ISBN-10: 0415328187

Business Chinese 20 Essential Topics by Yinghong Huang and Carrie Wei, Cypress Book, ISBN: 1845700260

Career Outcome

At the end of Year 2 (Lower Intermediate) Mandarin Chinese students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. Very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

Students are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They are able to describe, in simple terms, aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Application Deadline: