Chinese advanced conversation: module 3
Time: 19:35 - 21:05
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LC530
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is designed to improve students' command of speaking and listening, so most of the teaching and practice will be based on speaking, prepared presentations and listening to the news.
However, students will also learn new vocabulary, sentence structures and grammar points You will also expand your knowledge of Chinese culture and current affairs.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
You will cover a variety of topics which reflect the interests of the group (this will be discussed and negotiated in the first session).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
This course will focus on speaking, presentation, improving fluency, not focusing on academic writing. You will gain:
Development of vocabulary
Enhancement of fluency
Consolidation of advanced grammatical structures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course. It is an ideal follow-up for students who have previously completed level 4 or who have acquired an equivalent knowledge of the language and can use simple and some complicated sentences to express their opinion on current news and issues in Chinese,.
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities. It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The teacher will adjust the teaching materials according to students' levels of Mandarin. There will be easier materials/tasks and challenging materials/tasks for students of different levels in the classroom.
The course is based on the communicative approach:
active student participation
emphasis on speaking and listening skills
pair and group work
use of realia, pictures and authentic material
use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The tutor will discuss this with students at the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please ask your tutor for advice.
I have been teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language in the UK for over a decade. I found myself being attracted to languages and cultures while working as a journalist for the national broadcaster in Beijing China and later for the BBC in the UK. My teaching methodology is significantly influenced by Princeton University Mandarin Teaching Methods which makes classroom teaching a lot of fun whilst applying repetitive exercises. I take advantage of my journalistic background and produce a lot of audio-visual materials to assist my teaching and this has been widely welcomed by my students. As a consequence, my students’ pronunciation and intonation is always exceptionally good. My deep understanding between the languages also drives me to explore not only the subtleties between English and Chinese but also the cultural differences between the East and the West. I naturally impart a lot of Chinese culture into my language teaching and make the language learning process more interesting. Teaching language and culture is my passion and I would love to embark upon this interesting, exciting, and also challenging journey with you, and assist you with my expertise.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.