Chinese (Mandarin) – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Learn Chinese in London with our part-time Chinese (Mandarin) evening courses.

Our language classes run from September to June at our central London Regent Street Campus just a few minutes from Oxford Circus. They are taught by experienced language teaching professionals who are native speakers of the language or equivalent. Adult students of all ages and nationalities from a wide range of backgrounds take part-time Chinese courses with us. You can also join a Chinese evening class in January for the second semester if you already have some knowledge of Chinese.

This Chinese evening language course follows a communicative approach to language teaching. Our lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your tutor on every lesson and written feedback with your homework.

This is a part-time Chinese language course for complete beginners, allowing you to start to communicate in the foreign language. This class is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of the Chinese language.

Booking

There are two starting dates for this course: September and January. The September cohort will study for 3 terms up until June. The January cohort will study for three terms up until July. Please note that Term 3 of the January start Grade 1 course is a five-week intensive course, two evenings per week, which we will run subject to demand.

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
9 January 2017 Term 2 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
11 January 2017 Term 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
12 January 2017 Term 2 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
10 April 2017 Term 3 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
12 April 2017 Term 2 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
13 April 2017 Term 3 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
19 June 2017 Term 3 Mondays and Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 5 weeks £225 Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
26 September 2016 Term 1 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Already started
29 September 2016 Term 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Already started

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • greeting each other
  • being converned about each other's hea;th conditions
  • talking about each other's work status
  • intriducing yourself (surnames and first names)
  • expressing personal feelings

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the Chinese phonetic system (Chinese initials, finals and tones)
  • numbers 1–100
  • yes/no question sentence
  • specific question sentence
  • use of adjective verbs
  • how to write some Chinese characters

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • helping people to get to know each other
  • talking about someone's whereabouts
  • asking about each other's birthdays
  • describing someone's daily routine
  • introducing family members and talking about their work status

Grammar

You will learn:

  • sentence structure - someone + time/place + do
  • how to use the particle word 吧 to make a suggestion
  • how to use measure words (口 and 个)
  • how to write more Chinese characters/expressions

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • expressing time and describing activities at some time points
  • introducins someone's home or living address
  • talking about knowing or not knowing someone's home
  • asking about the way and showing direction

Grammar

You will learn:

  • how to use 点, 分, 刻, 半 and 差 to express time
  • giving a full living or home address in Chinese
  • use of 离, 近 and 远 to indicate the distance between two places or regions
  • how to write more Chinese characters

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Conversational Chinese 301 Part 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

This level of Chinese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills. You have already studied the Chinese language for approximately one year or 40–60 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
12 January 2017 Term 2 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
13 April 2017 Term 3 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
29 September 2016 Term 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Already started

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Chinese money
  • shopping (asking and giving price)
  • shopping (commenting on price and goods)
  • exchanging currencies
  • asking for bus routes
  • buying tickets
  • changing buses

Grammar

You will learn:

  • special question words (几,多少)
  • measure words (斤)
  • the modal particle 了 to indicate a change
  • duplications of verbs
  • saying 'to the highest degree' with 极了
  • sentences with a subject-predicate construction as its predicate
  • modal verbs
  • sentences with a ditransitive verb as its predicate
  • numeral-measure compounds acting as attributives
  • the pivotal sentence
  • the modal particle 了 to denote that a certain event or situation has already taken place

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • making phone calls
  • asking for help
  • choosing from different types of goods
  • traditional Chinese arts (Beijing opera, acrobatics)
  • famous local dishes
  • making appointments
  • weather
  • leisure activities

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the 是 sentence
  • the complement of result
  • the preposition 给
  • to express a past experience with the particle 过
  • sentences without a subject
  • the expression 还没(有)…. 呢
  • choice-type questions
  • sentences with verbal constructions in series showing the manner of the an action
  • the direction of complement

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • airport information
  • different means of transport
  • business greetings
  • business entertainments
  • inviting guests
  • expressing one's feelings
  • toasting for something
  • polite expressions
  • expressing praise

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the expression 要…. 了 to indicate something is about to happen
  • the expression 是…. 的 for emphasis
  • the object of 从, 在 and with 这儿 and 那儿
  • the complement of frequency
  • a verb, verb phrase or subject-predicate phrase as an attributive
  • the complement of degree
  • the complement of degree and the object

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Conversational Chinese 301 Part 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You should have a good basic knowledge of the Chinese language and its grammar, and have already studied Chinese for approximately two years or at least 120 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
11 January 2017 Term 2 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
12 April 2017 Term 3 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
28 September 2016 Term 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Already started

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • telephone calls
  • invitations
  • plays and exhibitions
  • declining an invitation
  • reasons and excuses
  • apologies

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the continuous action
  • words or phrases of duration
  • the adjective 好 as a complement of result
  • adverbs (就 and 才)
  • the directional complement (2)

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • unexpected events
  • expressing regret
  • Chinese New Year
  • giving praise
  • birthday celebration
  • congratulations
  • health and safety
  • persuasding people

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the verb 让
  • question with 是不是
  • the expression 'both...and' ( 又…又…) and 'if...then'  (要是…就…)
  • 开 and 下 as complements of result
  • the potential complement (1)
  • the verb 了 as a potential complement
  • the use of 有点儿
  • the sentence expressing existence
  • appearance or disappearance

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • weather
  • making comparison
  • sports, activities
  • hobbies
  • language capability
  • tourist guide

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the use of 比 for comparison
  • the complement of quantity
  • indicating an approximate number (多)
  • the use of 有 and 没有 for comparison
  • the complement of duration (1)
  • question with 吧
  • the complement of duration (2)
  • the expression 'besides' ( 除了…以外 )

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Conversational Chinese 301 Part 2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor's own materials.

Contact us

Kate Bielawska and Kai Zs
Short Course Administrators

eveninglanguagecourse@westminster.ac.uk

+44(0)20 3506 9900

Term dates 2016–17

Term 1
September cohort: 26 September – 2 December 2016
January cohort*: 9 January – 17 March 2017

Term 2
September cohort: 9 January – 17 March 2017
January cohort*: 10 April – 16 June 2017

Term 3
September cohort: 10 April – 16 June 2016
January cohort*: 19 June – 21 July 2016

*Please note that not every language has a January cohort.