Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese FlagChina will play a major role in world affairs in the future. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world! One out of five people is Chinese. If you can speak Chinese, you can communicate with more people different from yourself, and learn things not only about one of history's most enduring civilizations, but of a diverse and rapidly more important country.

Mandarin is a group of related languages used across the north and southwest of China; the common version known as 'standard Chinese' is based on the Beijing dialect. With around a billion speakers across the globe, Mandarin is spoken by more people than any other language (including English) making it a hugely valuable tool for conducting business. It is also a terrific challenge because of the complexity of both spoken and written forms.

Mandarin Chinese Beginners (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Mandarin (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

Session information: Wednesdays 5.00pm - 7.00pm, from Wednesday 29 April 2020
Timeline: Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming April 2020
Fees: 1 term, 10 weeks - £110 (30 learning hours), April to July 2020

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Fast Track Level 1

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Mandarin (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations. Fast track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Session information: Saturdays 10.00am - 2.30pm, from Saturday 2 May 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
Fees: Full course, 10 weeks - £260 (60 learning hours), May to July 2020

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Mandarin Chinese Post-beginners (Level 2)

This is for you if you can already manage in everyday situations using the present tense and you have reached the A1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners Level 1 course.

Session information: October 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting October 2020; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming January 2021
Fees: Full course, 20 weeks - £260 (60 learning hours), October 2020 to March 2021; 1 term, 10 weeks - £135 (30 learning hours), October to December 2020

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Fast Track Level 2 

This is for you if you can already manage in basic situations using the present tense and you have reached the equivalent to a level A1 in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners Level 1 course. Fast track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Session information: Saturdays 10.00am - 2.30pm, from October 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (60 learning hours), starting October 2020
Fees: Full course, 10 weeks - £210 (60 learning hours), October to December 2020

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Mandarin Chinese Intermediate (Level 3)

This is for you if you have reached a Level 2 in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at GSCE) and/or completed the Post-beginners Level 2 course.

Session information: October 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting October 2020; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming January 2021
Fees: Full course, 20 weeks - £260 (60 learning hours), October 2012 to March 2021; 1 term, 10 weeks - £135 (30 learning hours), October to December 2020

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Fast Track Level 3 

This is for you if you can already manage in basic situations using the present tense. You have reached the equivalent to a level A2 in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Post-beginners Level 2 course. Fast track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term instead of two terms.

Session information: Saturdays 10.00am - 2.30pm, from October 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (60 learning hours), starting October 2020
Fees: Full course, 20 weeks - £260 (60 learning hours), October to December 2020

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Mandarin Chinese Upper-intermediate (Level 4)

This is for you if you have reached a B1.1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to an A-Level grade F to C) and/or completed the Intermediate Level 3 course.

Session information: October 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting October 2020; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming January 2021
Fees: Full course, 20 weeks - £260 (60 learning hours), October 2020 to March 2021; 1 term, 10 weeks - £135 (30 learning hours), October to December 2020

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Mandarin Chinese Advanced (Level 5)

This is for you if you have reached the equivalent to a level B1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at A levels) and/or completed the Intermediate Level 3 course.

Session information: October 2020
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting October 2020; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming January 2021
Fees: Full course, 20 weeks - £260 (60 learning hours), October 2020 to March 2020; 1 term, 10 weeks - £135 (30 learning hours), October to December 2020

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