What is the course about?
The course aims to build on the language and skills that you have acquired in the previous three years and to extend your range of vocabulary and communicative competence. It also aims to consolidate your reading and writing of Chinese characters.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
There will be daily conversational topics such as family, hobbies, shopping, daily routine, directions etc. with a revision of grammar points, character writing and pronunciation. The course will focus on the transfer of the language from 'pinyin' to Chinese characters.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Talk about personal interests and hobbies.
-Express your opinion about travelling and holidays.
-Shop or order food and drink, bargain in markets and exchange money.
-Ask for information about opening and closing times
-Ask for and give location and directions.
-Recognise 120 new characters.
-Use a wide range sentence patterns in both spoken and written forms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable if you have completed level 2 upper or have an equivalent intermediate level of Chinese. A working knowledge of 400-500 characters would be an advantage.
You will 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, reading timetables) It is also essential that you have a knowledge of basic (such as nouns and verbs) and more intermediate grammar terminology.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials used in class are provided by the tutor. You will not be working with a particular textbook.You will not be working with a particular textbook. However, you can purchase the following course book for self-study: Chinese in Steps. (3)
This book can be bought in: Grant and Cutler - www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) or the European Bookshop
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Chinese 3 lower :module 2.