Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners Stage 2

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 139 Conc £51 Full £247 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 19:00 - 21:00 11 MAC 10/01/2019 28/03/2019 LC2025

What will the course cover?

We will review and practice previously learned topics, and you will build up more conversational skills so that you can begin to exchange information with a native speaker. We will work on requesting goods and services in a simple way, and learn more about the grammar, and learn to recognize some more written language.

Who is the course for?

Students who have completed stage 1 or who have an equivalent knowledge. This level is NOT for total beginners. If you are a new student, please see the tutor before you enrol.

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

You need to understand and say: greetings; introductions and personal information – names, nationalities, where you live, what work you do; some numbers;. Some very basic notions of grammar and structure, as well as a few basic characters.

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

Express yourself on all of the topics in level 1.1, plus: • Recognize and say the time and date • Express things that you like or don’t like • Explain time of an action • Order meals and drinks • Understand the use of some measuring words • Improve tone and pronunciation • Use question endings Ma, Ne,

How is the course organised?

There will be a great deal of interactive exercises based on the material in the course book 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 the course book & with online material. Find a native speaker 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, some written work, quizzes, questionnaires, games 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 3

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. Course book Chinese in Steps vol.1/ Cypress Book UK Ltd (2007) author: George X Zhang, Linda M Li and Lik Suen – or another course book if the group chooses. It would be as well NOT to buy a book until your tutor and the group decide on one. Your tutor will advise on further materials and give you useful web addresses. "

What support is available?

"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. Details are available from the Prospectus and from teaching or reception staff. PLEASE NOTE: You will find this course useful: Real Chinese (BBC). You can download this course free of charge! Go to www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/real_chinese "