Chinese Language Courses

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Registration for our April 2022 classes is now closed.

Please check back here on our website and Facebook page in early September for information on our September 2022 classes.

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Chinese Language Courses - April

Most classes will take place online via Zoom.

One Beginner 1 class will run in-person within the University campus, in the St Andrew's Building.

Classes will start week beginning Monday 25 April 2022, and run from 6.00pm until 8.30pm. 

Classes will run over eight weeks, with Thursday classes finishing a week later as there will be no class on the 2 June public holiday.

The cost will be £115, including textbooks if you do not already have them. The Confucius Institute will post them to you at no extra charge, please indicate a postal address on the enrolment form.

We are opening registration for the following classes:

  • Beginner 1 (Tuesdays - IN-PERSON)  26 April - 14 June 2022
  • Beginner 1 (Thursdays - ONLINE) 28 April - 23 June 2022 (no class 2 June)
  • Beginner 2 (Thursdays) 28 April -23 June 2022 (no class 2 June)
  • Beginner 3 (Tuesdays)  26 April -14 June 2022
  • Intermediate 1 (Wednesdays)  27 April -15 June 2022
  • Intermediate 2 (Wednesdays)  27 April -15 June 2022
  • Intermediate 3 (Thursdays)  28 April -23 June 2022 (no class 2 June)

Please see further information on our class levels and content below.

To apply, please complete this class enrolment form.  Please note only classes with sufficient enrolment numbers will be offered, so early applications are encouraged.

 

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

  1. Greetings.
  2. Personal information (name, age, places of living, family, interest, ability, etc.).
  3. Expressions of thanks, apologies and hospitality.
  4. Numbers to indicate quantity and order.
  5. Expressions of time (minutes, hours, dates, weeks, day, month, year, past, present and future, etc.).  
  6. Simple descriptions of weather, location, size, amount, mood and colour, etc.
  7. Asking and answering simple questions (shopping, transportation, seeing the doctor, sports, amusement, etc.).
  8. Expressing and understanding simple requests or demands.
  9. Expressing emotions and opinions.
  10. Asking other’s opinions.
  11. Giving suggestions.
  12. Making comparisons.
  13. 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

There are currently no Advanced 1 classes scheduled. 

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: Newspapers and Other Media

There are currently no Advanced 2 classes scheduled.

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. 

 

Private classes

If none of the above courses suit you (for example, your level is higher than we offer or the time is not convenient for you), we may be able to offer private one-to-one lessons, or add you to our waiting list. Date and times are mutually agreed with your teacher, and classes will be online and reviewed in early 2022.

Consultation

We can offer a free 30-minute consultation session for you to discuss your learning requirements with our language teacher and design a tailored teaching plan based on your needs.

Cancellation policy

Please note that for our 1-2-1 classes we have a cancellation policy of at least 24 hours. Any classes cancelled with less than 24 hours notice may be charged for.

Booking

To enquire about 1-2-1 private classes, please email us with the following information:

  • a day and time each week that you can consistently make (eg Mondays from 3pm - 4pm).
  • if you have learned Chinese before, and to what level.
  • what you would like to focus on in your classes: eg basic understanding, improve characters. 

Language Classes: In Brief

The Confucius Institute offers Chinese language classes at a variety of levels, catering for learners ranging from complete beginners to advanced speakers.

We usually run three sessions of group Chinese classes each academic year. Each session runs for eight weeks, starting in late September, January, and April. Additionally, we usually offer intensive, one-week classes twice over the summer, usually in July and August.

We may also be able to offer private one-to-one classes tailored to your specific learning requirements. If you would like to discuss this, please email us. 

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