Chinese (Mandarin) – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn Chinese (Mandarin) in London? Join one of our part-time Chinese courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ Chinese courses (Grade 1) start in October and January. If you already have some knowledge of Chinese you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners' Chinese (Grade 1) course.

We also have intermediate Chinese classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Chinese Beginners' (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Chinese.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Chinese for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Chinese for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
19 June 2017 Part 3 Mondays and Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 5 weeks £225 Book now
2 October 2017 Part 1 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now
5 October 2017 Part 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Chinese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • greeting each other
  • expressing concern about someone's health conditions
  • talking about each other's work status
  • introducing yourself (first and last names)
  • expressing personal feelings

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the Chinese phonetic system (Chinese initials, finals, and tones)
  • numbers 0–100
  • yes/no question sentence
  • specific question sentence
  • use of adjective verbs
  • how to write some Chinese characters

Part 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 one's family members and talking about their work status

Grammar

You will learn:

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

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

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

Grammar

You will learn:

  • learning how to use '点' '分' '刻' '半' and '差' to express time
  • how to give a full living or home address in Chinese
  • usage 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 Vol 1 throughout the course. Please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Chinese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Chinese language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Chinese for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Chinese for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Chinese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Chinese money
  • shopping (asking and giving price, 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
  • denoting '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

Part 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 an action
  • the direction of complement

Part 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 Vol 1 throughout the course. Please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

You should have a good basic knowledge of the Chinese language and its grammar.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Chinese language for approximately two years or 120 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Chinese for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Chinese for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Chinese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • telephone calls
  • invitations
  • accepting and declining an invitation
  • plays and exhibitions
  • 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)

Part 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"
  • questions with "是不是"
  • the expressions '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

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

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

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 Vol 2 throughout the course. Please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor’s own material.

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Languages information evening

If you are thinking of taking an evening language course with us, why not come along to our Evening Language Programme information evening on 20 June 2017?

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.