Chinese Language Courses

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Registration for our January-March 2024 classes is now open.

Please enrol now as places are limited.

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All classes will take place in person on the main Gilmorehill campus.

Classes will run for eight weeks, with the timings as follows:

Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Thursdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturdays 10.00am - 12.00pm

The total course cost is £135, which is a total of sixteen hours of tuition and includes a free set of textbooks (textbook, exercise workbook and character book) for the Beginner levels. 

We will also be running a free Chinese language corner at 12.00pm - 1.00pm on Saturdays after the classes. All levels are welcome to attend these sessions to practice their language skills.

We are now opening registration for the following classes:

Beginner 1
Beginner 2 
Beginner 3
Intermediate 1
Intermediate 2
Intermediate 3
Upper Intermediate 1
Upper Intermediate 2
Upper Intermediate 3
Advanced 1
Advanced 2

Please see further information on our class levels and content below. To complete enrolment, you can use the class payment links found below or contact confucius-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk for more information.

Please note that you must be aged 16 and over to attend our group classes. For students aged under 16, please contact confucius-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk for more information on alternatives available.

Beginner 1

This Chinese beginners’ course is designed for those with no previous knowledge of Chinese. The course will introduce students to the basic features of the Chinese language including: basic pronunciation; the different components of Chinese characters; and basic sentence structures. By the end of this beginners’ course, students will be able to communicate in simple Chinese and read several dozen characters.

You will study Units 0-2 from Contemporary Chinese 1.

Course Content:

  • The correct use of four tones
  • The basic strokes of Chinese characters
  • Writing personal names in Chinese
  • Introduction, greetings and other courtesies
  • Personal information, family, interest, work
  • Numbers: dealing with dates, time, money
  • Enquiring information (The use of general questions with particle ma, and the special questions with 'wh' words - what, when, who etc.)
  • Asking for directions
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Understanding simple directions

Beginner 2

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese up to at least Beginner 1 level in class. At the end of this course, students should have a command of 150 commonly used words as well as basic grammatical structures.

You will study Units 3-5 from Contemporary Chinese 1.

Course Content

  • Introduction (greetings and saying goodbye)
  • Personal information (such as name, age, places of living, family, interest and ability)
  • Expressions of quantity
  • Simple descriptions of weather, location, size, amount, etc
  • Asking and answering simple questions (relating to shopping, etc.)
  • Expressing simple requests or demands
  • Expressing emotions

Beginner 3

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese up to at least Beginners 2 level in class. This course will continue the content learned in Beginner 1 and 2, adding more commonly used words and grammatical structures.

You will study Units 6-8 from Contemporary Chinese 1.

Course Content

  • Expressions of thanks and apologies
  • Expressions of time (such as minutes, hours, dates, weeks, day, month, year
  • Simple descriptions of weather, location, size, amount, etc
  • Asking and answering simple questions (relating to transportation, etc.)
  • Expressing emotions
  • Expressing simple requests or demands

Intermediate 1

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese up to at least Beginners 2 level in class. At the end of this course, students should have a command of 300 commonly used words and basic grammatical structures.

You will study Units 1-4 from Contemporary Chinese 2.

Course Content

  • Greetings.
  • Personal information (name, age, places of living, family, interest, ability, etc.)
  • Expressions of thanks, apologies and hospitality
  • Numbers to indicate quantity and order
  • Expressions of time (minutes, hours, dates, weeks, day, month, year, past, present and future, etc.)
  • Simple descriptions of weather, location, size, amount, mood and colour, etc
  • Asking and answering simple questions (shopping, transportation, seeing the doctor, sports, amusement, etc.)
  • Expressing and understanding simple requests or demands
  • Expressing emotions and opinions
  • Asking other’s opinions
  • Giving suggestions
  • Making comparisons
  • Explaining the reasons

Intermediate 2

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese up to at least Intermediate 1 level in class. At the end of this course, students should have a command of 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.    

You will study Units 5-8 from Contemporary Chinese 2

Course Content:

  • The weather, seasons, climate
  • Expressing comparisons
  • Expressing direction and location
  • Discussing rural and urban areas
  • Expressing time duration
  • Compliments and Criticisms
  • Learning another language
  • Expressing actions

Intermediate 3

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese up to at least Intermediate 2 level in class. This course continues to expand and consolidate students’ knowledge and ability of Chinese.

You will study Units 9-12 from Contemporary Chinese 2.

Course Content:

  • Moving house
  • Contracts; expressing unhappiness
  • Expressing Actions and behaviours
  • Discussing recreational activities
  • Chinese Dramas
  • Describing stories
  • Losing objects
  • Describing bad experiences
  • Expressing sympathy

Upper Intermediate 1

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for at least 100 hours. At the end of this course, students should and have a command of 2500 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

Course Content:

  • Discussing seasons and nature
  • Chinese expressions of love
  • Discussion of parties and other social activities
  • Chinese Cultural understanding
  • Discussion of multicultural issues
  • Chinese dialects
  • Discussion of sports and hobbies

Upper Intermediate 2

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for at least 120 hours. At the end of this course, students should and have a command of 5000 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

Course Content:

  • Discussion of travel
  • Understanding of Chinese cities
  • Comparing country and city life
  • Writing a letter in Chinese
  • Chinese names and their meanings
  • Chinese legends
  • Chinese customs

Upper Intermediate 3

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for at least 140 hours. At the end of this course, students should and have a command of 5000 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

Course Content:

  • Discussion of family
  • Understanding of Chinese allegorical sayings
  • Discussion of intentions
  • Chinese festivals

Advanced 1

Our Advanced 1 course is for people who have completed Upper Intermediate 2 / 3, are working towards HSK level 6, or are simply seeking to improve their existing skills.

This is a textbook-based class. We also offer classes in reading material from the Chinese-language media (Advanced 2). 

Advanced 2: Newpapers and Other Media

This group class is for those who have completed Advanced 1 or equivalent. There are no set textbooks; teaching material includes texts from Chinese media and current literature.