Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners Stage 3

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 02/05/2019 18/07/2019 LC3025

What will the course cover?

We will focus on practice of previously learned language, and work on travelling around, getting somewhere to stay, eating out, your home and lifestyle, your work. We learn more about the grammar, and work more on reading and writing.

Who is the course for?

Students who have completed beginners stage 1 and 2, or who have an equivalent knowledge. If unsure, ask the curriculum manager. You may be able to try a class before enrolling, if the tutor agrees.

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

You need to understand and express greetings; introductions and personal information; cope with numbers and money; express time and date; order drinks and snacks; use of some simple measuring words; express things that you like or don’t like; 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 stages 1 and 2 plus: - Get around by public transport - Talk about the weather - Book accommodation; - Make meal reservations - Recognize characters from the main public signs - Identify characters or part of a character which can help you guess the meaning and a whole text. - Talk about your home life, your family and friends

How is the course organised?

Communicative 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 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 online. 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, 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?

Mandarin Chinese Lower-Intermediate Stage 1

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 (Volume I / Cypress Book Co 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 may access the internet from any of our centres. Please talk to reception staff. 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