Chinese Mandarin Beginners Year 1

Course overview

Beginners Chinese provides students with basic vocabulary and grammar which act as the foundation of Mandarin Chinese. Through the interactive lessons you will be able to read and write approximately 200 simplified Chinese characters and be able to hold simple conversations in Chinese.

The topics are likely to include:

  • Booking a hotel room
  • Ordering food in a restaurant and drink in a café
  • Tourist information
  • Directions
  • Shopping

These may vary depending on the learners’ ability on the course

This course does not lead to a formal qualification, but we are happy to discuss ways to take a formal qualification.

Teaching methods include:

  • Audio/visual stimulation and immersion
  • Teacher-led, formal instruction
  • Group and pair work
  • Discussions

You will have the chance to use the language in real-life situations through fun and engaging role-plays and lively group discussions.

You will also have access to specialised websites for home learning.

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your language skills according to your own specific needs.

Read the ‘can do’ statements below. Which statements apply to you?

  • I have no previous knowledge of this language
  • I know only a few words and phrases in this language

If either of the above statements applies to you, join a Beginner’s Semester 1 Course. You do not need to read the rest of the statements below.

If neither statement applies to you, read on:

  • I have studied this language for approximately 20 hours in an adult education environment or similar
  • I know several words and phrases in this language
  • I have studied this language at a basic level in the past, but my skills are rusty
  • I can count up to 100
  • I can use this language’s alphabet
  • I can give basic information about myself and my family (“my name is…”, “I have a sister”)

If at least four of the above statements apply to you, a Beginner’s Semester 2 Course (either semester/phase) should be suitable for you, although it is recommended that, if possible, you do semester 1 before semester 2.

If you’re unsure, call 0800 612 6008 or contact us here with any questions you may have and we’ll get you on the right course.

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