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Mandarin Chinese

Chinese Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Starting: Week beginning 12 October 2020
  • Course duration: 23 weeks (term-time only)

During the first term, all Mandarin Chinese teaching will take place online.

Study is divided into one hour of group teaching each week (in which the language tutor will deliver the class using Microsoft Teams live streaming) and one independent hour which will contain content provided by the tutor to compliment the group session.

Your weekly engagement with the material in your own time is mandatory and essential for your progress in the group sessions with your tutor.

In addition, you will need to complete, on average, two to four hours per week of directed and independent learning (further details will be provided at a later stage).

Your syllabus is carefully designed so group, independent and directed learning activities complement each other, and your weekly full engagement with all three learning opportunities is critical to your success.

Chinese stage 1

The course is suitable for real beginner learners of Chinese with virtually no prior knowledge of the language.

During the course you’ll learn how to talk about basic personal details, nationalities and occupation. You’ll also learn how to talk about daily routines.

At the end of the course, you’ll have some elementary appreciation of Chinese grammar and structures and you’ll be able to give basic information about yourself, your family members and your friends and describe how they look like.

You will also be able to communicate at a basic level when meeting a Chinese speaker for the first time.

Chinese stage 2

The course is suitable for beginner learners of Chinese with some knowledge of the language, equivalent to stage 1 (for example GCSE grade B or C).

During the course you’ll learn about life in Beijing, and how to do shopping and talk about your holidays.

At the end of the course, you’ll have deepened your appreciation of Chinese grammar and structures at an elementary level and you’ll be able to learn adverbial expressions of time, measure words and alternative questions words.

Chinese stage 3

Chinese stage 3 is the right stage for you if you have successfully completed Chinese stage 2 or equivalent (e.g. GCSE grade A).

During the course you’ll study topics relating for example to the Chinese festival, travel, regions of China and accommodation.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to plan a trip to China, making invitations, doing comparisons and describing sightseeing experiences.

Chinese stage 4

Chinese stage 4 is the right stage for you if you have successfully completed Chinese stage 3 or equivalent (e.g. A level grade D or E).

During the course you’ll study topics relating, for example, to making a formal invitation, asking about details of goods, seeing a doctor, asking information about accommodation and hotel.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to talk about some Chinese dishes (menu), describing landscapes and friends, describing your illness to a doctor and asking for help when you lost your belongings.

Chinese stage 5

Chinese stage 5 is the right stage for you if you have successfully completed Chinese stage 4 or equivalent (e.g. A level grade A, B, or C).

During the course you’ll study topics relating to life in China.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to express your opinions (asking for and giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing), asking and checking information in the airport and expressing hospitality when visiting a Chinese family.

Chinese stage 6

Chinese stage 6 is the right stage for you if you have successfully completed Chinese stage 5 or equivalent (e.g. an A level in Chinese plus at least one further year of study or equivalent).

During the course you’ll study topics relating, for example, teaching in China, environmental projects, cultural places (temples), dating and relationships.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to make comparisons, conduct an interview, write instructions about movement and understand the polite counter-arguments in Chinese.

Any questions?

Contact the Nottingham Language Centre:

Email: ulp@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 6156

What you'll study

This course will combine practical online sessions for two hours per week with manageable homework projects to help you progress at a pace that suits you.

How to apply

Bookings are now open.

Check out the schedule and book your place via our online store:

https://onlinestore.ntu.ac.uk/short-courses/language-courses/mandarin-chinese

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Bookings are now open.

Check out the schedule and book your place via our online store:

https://onlinestore.ntu.ac.uk/short-courses/language-courses/mandarin-chinese

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The course fee is £250 (or £200 for Nottingham City Council teachers).

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The course fee is £250 (or £200 for Nottingham City Council teachers).

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418