Chinese 4: module 1
Time: 19:35 - 21:05
You will consolidate your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and will work towards achieving better fluency at an intermediate level. You will develop your competence in reading Chinese characters. Suitable if you have studied Chinese for 5 years part time or have an equivalent level.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LC411
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will consolidate your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and will work towards achieving greater fluency. You will develop your competence in reading Chinese characters and will expand your knowledge of Chinese culture.
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?
The tutor will use some teaching materials in Discover China Student’s book 2 (selected units). In the book, students will learn a series of situational dialogues and travel articles covering different Chinese cities, tourist attractions, geography, culture, foods, history, etc. The tutor might adjust teaching content according to students’ learning progress.
During the class, students will experience:
Weekly pronunciation practice to hone students’ pronunciation and intonation to be more accurate and natural,
Speaking, reading, listening, and writing practice based on situational dialogues and Chinese articles,
Students will have the chance to do some writing and presentation tasks,
Learn some grammatical points and put them in use (Most grammar points are at HSK level 3 and level 4),
Development of vocabulary (most vocabulary is at HSK 3 and 4 levels),
Development of competence in reading Chinese characters,
Reviews and exercises,
Learn about 80 new words intensively, but the tutor will introduce a lot more daily life Chinese words and phrases extensively during teaching,
Interact with the tutor and other students on Google Classroom.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension,
Improve your speaking, writing and reading skills
Improve your vocabulary
Students will complete a 3-minute presentation in Chinese using a variety of sentence structures and grammar points with the help of the tutor (This task is optional, and students can choose not to do it).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course at an intermediate level. It is an ideal follow-up for students who have previously completed level 3 upper course at the City Lit ( learning Chinese continuously for at least 5 years at the City Lit) or who have acquired an equivalent knowledge of the language at an intermediate level.
It is essential that you can read Chinese characters and that you have knowledge of grammar terminology.
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?
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?
Based on Discover China Book 2, but please discuss with the tutor at the beginning of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next course is Chinese (Mandarin) 4 module 2.
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.