Mandarin Chinese Intermediate Fast Track (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. FAST TRACK courses enable you to complete the level in just one term instead of two terms.

Key information

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

This intensive course will start in TBC. It comprises 60 learning hours over 10 weeks. Each Saturday there are two lessons of two hours (making a total of 40 guided learning hours).

This course will be taught in a small group: Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Entry level

You have reached a level similar to the CEFR A2 or completed the Post-beginners (Level 2) or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group.

You can use the ELP self-assessment grid to judge how competent you are in the language. Alternatively, if you require help to assess your level please contact us or come along to one of our drop-in sessions.

Course content

This course is aimed at those who have acquired the basic sentence patterns, characters and grammar of Mandarin language and have attended around 100 hours of Chinese courses.

Level 3 continues on from Level 2 with some important grammar topics including: complements, the perfective aspect “le” and comparisons.

At this level, the grammar will play an important role in the conversational exercises. You will be expected to understand 1,000-1,200 words and to recognise the 500 most frequently used Chinese characters.


Course specific workbook provided by the tutor. The tutor will advise of any other necessary coursebooks during the first class.

Our approach

This course is taught in Mandarin Chinese; English is used when necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary, writing system (characters) and grammar structures of the Mandarin Chinese language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of Mandarin Chinese language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. The group size is limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.


Upon completing the Intermediate Level 3, you can progress onto the Upper-intermediate Level 4.