Chinese beginners: module 3
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
This course will provide you with a good grasp of the basics of Chinese, both spoken and written in order to enable you to understand conversational Chinese at natural speed, with the confidence to respond appropriately when spoken to in different situations.
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?
Textbook: Units 6 & 7 of Discover China Student’s book 1 ( The tutor might adjust the teaching units according to students’ progress.)
In Discover China book 1, students will learn a series of modern situational dialogues and articles covering some Chinese cultural points and language points.
During the class, students will experience:
Weekly pronunciation practice on pronunciation, tones and intonation,
Learn some simple Chinese grammar points,
Lots of listening and speaking activities during class,
Learn to read Pinyin and Chinese characters (writing characters is not the focus of this course),
Regular reviews to make sure students are able to follow the teaching,
Interact with the tutor and other students in Google Classroom.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Improve your pronunciation and intonation and try to famililarise yourself with the subtle difference between five tones.
Enlarge your vocabulary and use them correctly;
Use some frequently used sentences in different situations, such as suggesting to do an activity or arranging an appointment with someone;
Learn some Chinese sentence structures and grammar points;
Understand Chinese sentence order especially when time and location is involved;
Recognise about 50 characters and use them in conversations and articles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed Chinese beginners: module 2 or have an equivalent knowledge of Chinese.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide, or at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb and a noun.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Discover China -available at the European Bookshop with a 10% discount:
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Chinese 2 lower: module 1 in September.
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.