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.

Key information

  • Course: Wednesdays 6-8pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 13 October 2021 - Ends 23 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 (payable in two termly instalments) 

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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.

Key information

  • Course: Saturdays 10am - 2.30pm
    Delivery: On-Campus
    Timeline: Starts 16 October 2021 - Ends 18 December 2021
    Lengths: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £210 

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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.

Key information

  • Course: Mondays 6-8pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 18 October 2021 - Ends 21 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £240 (payable in two termly instalments)  

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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.

Key information

  • Course: Mondays 6-8pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 18 October 2021 - Ends 21 March 2022
    Lengths: 20 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £240 (payable in two termly instalments) 

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Chinese Language, Culture awareness and Social etiquette

This training is available to all staff FREE OF CHARGE, but also to members of the public as a fee paid course. This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Mandarin (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch).

Key information

  • Course: Wednesdays 5-7pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 13 October 2021 – Ends 15 December 2021
    Lengths: 10 weeks (30 learning hours)
    Fees: £120 (Free to UoL Staff and ECRs*)

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