Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language.

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Who is this class for?

Chinese Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

The course is made up of three parts. If you're an absolute beginner, you should start with Part 1. For those who've done some study before, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

January start

We are now offering a 36% discount on our Beginner level Evening Language Beginner Course fees to University of Westminster alumni, students and University of Westminster staff. Sign up now to start your new journey with us.

You can book:

  • Part 3 for £250 (£280 after 16 May)*

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our beginner's course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the beginner level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Chinese
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Chinese for about 20 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Chinese for about 40 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.


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.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also 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 (3rd Edition) throughout the course, which is published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. You can find this book either on that university’s website or some other ones, for example: Amazon.

However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Chinese Beginners course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:


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


You will learn:

  • the Chinese phonetic system (Chinese initials, finals, and tones) b. p. a. o
  • numbers 0–100 一,二, 三
  • yes/no question sentence  你是老师吗?
  • specific question sentence  今天几号?
  • use of adjective verbs      忙 累
  • recognizing Chinese characters  好 妈

Part 2 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:


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


You will learn:

  • sentence structure - someone + time/place + do 我晚上看电视。
  • usage of particle word '吧' to make a suggestion 我们去吧。
  • usage of measure words  '个' 两个老师
  • recognizing Chinese characters and expressions 生日 职员

Part 3 is the final level of the Chinese Beginners course, and covers the following topics and grammar:


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


You will learn:

  • learning how to use '点' '分' '刻' '半' and '差' to express time 八点半
  • how to give a full living or home address in Chinese 海淀区学院路20号
  • usage of '离' '近' and '远' to indicate the distance between two places or regions 远不远
  • recognizing  Chinese characters 欢迎 认识


Bookings close on Sunday 13 June 2021, so make sure you don’t miss out!

*The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 16 May 2021.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

Part 1 of this course is now closed, but will be running again in autumn 2021. Bookings for Part 1 will open in June 2021.


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How we're delivering courses

This course is delivered in an online, virtual classroom, where you'll benefit from live, face-to-face engagement with experienced language teachers.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll become part of the University of Westminster's global community. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience are our priorities.

We arrange online Meet the Teacher sessions three weeks before our courses start where you can discuss your language level, meet our teachers and find out more about our courses. If you're interested, please register via this form and we'll contact you with further information.

Discover our virtual learning environment with a tour of Blackboard.

Take a look around our virtual classrooms.

Looking for another language or level?

If we don't currently offer the language or level you're looking for, please register your interest with us, and we will get in touch if the course becomes available.

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.