We will be tailoring our delivery of our short courses in the year ahead, in accordance with government guidance on physical distancing, with the safety, health and wellbeing of our University community at the heart of our decisions.

We will be delivering the Part 1 of all the Language courses via online virtual classroom. Whatever the way you start your Westminster experience - online, on campus or a blend of these - you can be assured of a warm welcome at our University, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience, are our priorities.

Overview

Course summary

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.

Who is this class for?

Chinese Beginner 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

Discounts and offers

We are now offering a 15% discount on our Evening Language Beginner Course fees to University of Westminster Alumni. Sign up now to start your new journey with us!

October start

  • Part 1 for £250 (£280 after 23 August)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £565 (£625 after 23 August)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

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.

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) 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

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 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

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 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

Online information sessions

Would you like to meet our teachers and find out more about our courses?

We're running some online information sessions between 14 and 24 September to help answer any questions you may have about our courses.

Register for a sessionGo to the online information session event page

 

Booking

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 27 September 2020 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

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

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
5
Oct
2020

Part

1

Day and time

Mondays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£250*/£280

18
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Mondays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

12
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Mondays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks**

Price

£280

Coming soon

**No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021.

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.

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Location

Our Chinese (Mandarin) courses take place at our Regent Street site in central London – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

 Accessibility: Together with AccessAble, we have created online Disabled Access Guides for our buildings.