Chinese Mandarin Year 1 (Beginners)

City University London
In Islington (England)

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  • Short course
  • Islington (England)
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Have you have heard Chinese expressions Xièxie and Ní hǎo from those Kung Fu films and wonder what they mean? Do you want to be able to introduce yourself in Mandarin on Skype to your colleagues in Shanghai? Would you like to be able to tell your Chinese friends about your family, your hobbies and dishes you love? On friends’ birthdays, would you like to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in Mandarin to surprise them?This Beginners Chinese Manadarin short course is an introduction to the Mandarin Chinese language and way of life in China. It offers a systematic learning style for beginners who want to lay a solid foundation in Chinese grammar and sentence structures. It focuses on daily communication and uses the phonetic system, Pinyin, to develop speaking and listening skills. Hands-on tasks and role play exercises are used to create realistic situations in which the use of language and culture is explored.LEVEL:

Term 1 of the Mandarin Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.Term 2 and term 3 of this course are aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the Mandarin Year 1 course in January or April, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.If you are a complete Beginner and you have missed the October enrolment, you can join the Chinese Mandarin Accelerated course in January. You will cover Term 1 and Term 2 within one 10 week term. You will then be able to join Chinese Mandarin Year 1 in Term 3.If you have missed the January enrolment, you can join the Chinese Mandarin Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) in April. You will cover the course materials of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 within one term.Why Choose a City Short Course?Delivered by native speakers, our Mandarin Chinese Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.Challenging but rewarding, the Mandarin...

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Where and when

Starts Location
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB , London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

What will I learn?

Term 1

Across the three terms of the Chinese Year 1 short course, you will cover:

Topics covered
Formal and informal greetings; introductions; surname and full name; nationality and birth place; country and language; age and birthday; relationship and marital status;

Grammatical structures
Pinyin pronunciation; basic sentence structures; close question word "ma"; other question words "nǎr" and "shéi"; use past tense particle "le"; common measure words; negate verbs with "méiyǒu/ méi".

Learning objectives
* Greeting each other
* Introducing oneself and others
* Asking about nationality and birthday place
* Talking about countries and people
* Exchanging information on language
* Asking about age and marital status
* Paying compliments
* Responding to comments

Term 2

Topics covered
Numerals; telephone numbers; time expressions; appointment and opening hour; family, friends and occupation; days and dates; plans and duration;

Grammatical structures
Question word “jǐ”; sentence structure “cóng…dào”; the use of “yǒu”; affirmative/negative question structure “ hǎo bu hǎo/xíng bu xíng”; present continuous particle “zài”; use “huì” to indicate future tense;

Learning objectives
* Exchanging telephone number
* Asking and telling the time
* Discussing daily routine
* Making enquiry on opening hour
* Talking about family and asking about someone's family
* Discussing job and work place
* Discussing schooling
* Talking about travelling plans

Term 3

Topics covered
Jobs and occupation; weather and seasons; transportation; locations and public places; directions and positions; currencies and prices; shopping;

Grammatical structures
Using “zài” as preposition; question words "shénme shíhou” and duōjiǔ for time and duration; use “háishì" for alternatives; distinguish the use of "kàn”, “kànjiàn” and “kàn de jiàn"; ordinal numbers; question word "duōshǎo" and its difference with “jǐ”; common measure words;

Learning objectives
* Making enquiry after someone
* Expressing pity or gratitude
* Describing weather
* Discussing favourite seasons
* Making recommendations on travelling
* Talking about means of transportation
* Asking for directions
* Asking and telling prices
* Buying fruits
* Giving suggestions on buying gifts

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Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis of this Mandarin Chinese short course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations. Pinyin is used throughout the course.

Classroom activities of the course will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. 

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are...