Join us for part 1 of the lower intermediate syllabus and start communicating in Chinese Mandarin with more variety and depth.
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- Duration: 10 weeks (unconfirmed)
- Fees: £245 (unconfirmed)
- Location: Online (unconfirmed)
Chinese Mandarin Lower Intermediate Part 1 Course overview
In part 1, you will revisit some familiar subjects but from a fresh perspective, adding description to convey more meaning. You’ll learn to discuss seasons, compare the weather in different places and talk about the appropriate clothing to wear.
You’ll learn to describe objects and their functions in more detail, as well as give detailed directions with additional information. You’ll also learn to express similarities, make comparisons and talk about actions-in-progress.
In this module you’ll learn about one of the most important and colourful festivals in China’s culture – Chinese New Year, with all its activities, food and customs.
Who is it for?
Join us here if you have taken our full beyond beginners syllabus or completed around 120 hours of formal study. Find out more in the eligibility section.
Find out more about our Chinese Mandarin courses
This course takes place one evening a week at 18:30 for 10 weeks.
- Part 1 gives you the chance to experience learning at this level, so you can see how you get on before committing to the full three-part syllabus
- You’ll learn from highly qualified native-speaking tutor with many years’ experience
- Lots of teacher-student interaction and access to materials outside of class.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to
- talk about clothes to wear in different weather and occasions, and personal choices
- understand weather forecasts and compare weather in different places
- make exchanges between hosts and guests
- seek help for room service
- talk about different rooms in the house with functions and descriptions
- understand Chinese New Year festival activities, food and customs
- understand directions to places and information about different modes of transport
- gain knowledge about traveling, ticket types and payment systems
- ask for and give directions
- read menus and general business opening information
- understand topics such as online shopping, smart phone payment, dining out and green living.
- auxiliary word děi
- topic-comment sentences
- le as particle and auxiliary word
- express succession using jiù
- express similarities using A hé B chàbuduō or yíyàng
- express comparisons using A bǐ or méi yǒu B + adjectives
- express future actions with yào or huì
- express actions in progress using zhèngzài.
Assessment and certificates
You will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course if you attend over 70 per cent of the classes. The course is not formally accredited.
Your tutor will monitor your progress and give regular feedback, based on your homework and your involvement in class.
This course takes a very active approach to learning – meaning there is lots of interaction with your teacher and fellow students. You’ll be challenged with questions, scenarios and problem solving, which will help you progress.
Digital learning is a key component of our teaching. You’ll have access to our digital learning platform, Moodle, which hosts lesson content and other course materials, so you can continue learning outside of class.
To join here, you should have completed our beyond beginners syllabus or studied for 120 hours with another provider.
You should have a solid grasp of Pinyin, understand rules on Chinese character formation and be able to write basic characters.
You should already be able to:
- discuss your daily routine
- talk about your profession
- talk about you friends and family
- use pronouns, prepositions and imperatives.
You will need a good level of spoken and written English to enrol on this course.