Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1)

City University London
Course summary
10 weeks
245 GBP
Part time
Next available date: 29/04/2020 - London
Open / Scheduled
Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1)

Course description

Chinese Mandarin Beginners (Year 1)

The course offers a systematic learning style for beginners who want to lay a solid foundation in Chinese grammar and sentence structures. It focuses on daily communication and uses the phonetic system, Pinyin, to develop speaking and listening skills. Hands-on tasks and role play exercises are used to create realistic situations in which the use of language and culture is explored.

The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Learning objectives

Module 1

  • Greeting each other;
  • Introducing oneself and others;
  • Asking about nationality and birthday place;
  • Talking about countries and people;
  • Exchanging information on language;
  • Asking about age and marital status;
  • Paying compliments;
  • Responding to comments;
  • Number of people in the family;
  • Job and occupation;
  • Numerals.

Module 2

  • Exchanging telephone number and email address.;
  • Asking and telling the time;
  • Dates and days;
  • Discussing daily routine;
  • Making enquiry on opening hour;
  • Talking about family and asking about someone's family;
  • Discussing job and work place;
  • Discussing schooling;
  • Talking about weekly plans.

Module 3

  • Making enquiry after someone;
  • Describing weather;
  • Discussing favourite seasons;
  • Talking about means of transportation;
  • Asking for directions;
  • Asking and telling prices and currencies;
  • Buying fruits;
  • Giving suggestions on buying gifts.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start at Module One in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Module Two of the Chinese Mandarin short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the  What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the  What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

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

Training Course Content

Topics covered

Module 1

  • Numerals;
  • Formal and informal greetings;
  • Introductions;
  • Surname and full name;
  • Nationality and birth place;
  • Country and language;
  • Age and birthday;
  • Relationship and marital status.

Module 2

  • Telephone numbers;
  • Time expressions;
  • Appointment and opening hour;
  • Days and dates;
  • Plans and duration;
  • Making phone calls and sending emails;
  • Dates and days.

Module 3

  • Jobs and occupation;
  • Weather and seasons;
  • Transportation;
  • Locations and public places;
  • Directions and positions;
  • Currencies and prices;
  • Shopping.

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