Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 130 Conc £48 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00 11 MAC 07/01/2020 24/03/2020 LC1025

What will the course cover?

1.basic knowledge of Pinyin, can identify initials and finals 2.everyday greetings and introduce yourself 3.identify a person's nationality and tell people where you live 4.introduce a family member 5.find basic information about someone Insights into culture and language and their relationship

Who is the course for?

Absolute beginners.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

"None. A good level of English will be helpful. Your tutor will be a native speaker of Mandarin, but will use English as the common linguistic medium for the group. "

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

1.understand the Pinyin system as the guide for Mandarin pronunciation 2. identify basic concepts of Chinese grammar 3. understand stroke order of basic characters 4. greet people and respond to greetings 5. introduce yourself, say your name and ask others 6. say where you are from and where you live, ask others 7. say what work you do and ask others 8. recognise and use numbers 1 to 100

How is the course organised?

"Lots of interactive exercises, based on the course book Chinese in Steps and other material which the tutor will provide. You will be asked to repeat phrases, build up little conversational exchanges, work in pairs and take a very active part in activities. We will use audio and video to help you learn. "

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

"Your tutor will ask you to preview each lesson beforehand. This will help you enjoy each lesson. Work as much as you can with online courses such as Real Chinese (BBC). See if you can find a friend to practise with. Please make the effort to do a little (even 10 – 15 minutes) each day, as that is the best way of learning a language. "

How will my progress be assessed?

"You will be encouraged to assess your own progress with help from your tutor, who will monitor your achievements by question and answer, character recongition, quizzes, questionnaires, games, exercises and more formal achievement tests. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals. "

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Chinese Beginners Stage 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

"Writing materials; A4 ring binder and loose leaf paper; a notebook for vocabulary. The course book is Discover China Volume I, published by Macmillan, and is provided by the school. For those who wish to get an eraly start, you can download the BBC course Real Chinese free of charge! Go to Your tutor will give you useful web addresses & other materials to reinforce what you are taught in the lessons.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.