Overview

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?

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

This course is made up of three parts. If you’ve studied Chinese for around a year or 60 hours, you should start with Part 1. For those who’ve studied more than this, 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

October start

You can book:

  • Part 3 for £250 (£280 after 28 February)*

The early bird discount prices for our October-start courses are available if booked by 28 February 2021*.

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our elementary 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 elementary level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have studied Chinese for around one year or 60 hours
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Chinese for about 80 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Chinese for about 100 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.

Teaching

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 Elementary course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

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  “多少”  多少钱
  • measure words “斤” 两斤
  • duplications of verbs 尝尝 听听
  • denoting 'to the highest degree' with “极了”  冷极了
  • sentences with a subject-predicate construction as its predicate 星期天人太多。
  • modal verbs 会 可以
  • recognizing Chinese characters  苹果 票

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

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

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the complement of result 听懂 吃完
  • the preposition "给" 给大卫
  • to express a past experience with the particle "过" 去过 看过
  • sentences without a subject  有朋友来看我。
  • the expression “还没 …. 呢” 还没见过呢。
  • the direction of complement   出去  进来
  • recognizing Chinese characters 京剧 划船

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

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • airport information
  • different means of transport
  • business greetings
  • business entertainments
  • inviting guests
  • toasting for something
  • expressing praise

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the expression 要…. 了 to indicate something is about to happen 飞机要起飞了。
  • the expression 是…. 的 for emphasis 是她告诉我的。
  • the usage of “从” 从东京来的飞机
  • the complement of frequency “第一次”  第一次来中国
  • a verb, verb phrase or subject-predicate phrase as an attributive 我们经理给您的。。。
  • the complement of degree  过的很愉快
  • Recognizing Chinese characters 翻译 友谊

Booking

Some of our courses have already started but we are still accepting late enrolments.

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

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 28 February 2021*.

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

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
14 April 2021

Part

3

Day and time

Wednesdays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£250*/£280

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.

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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.