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?

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

Discounts and offers

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:

  • 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

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

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

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
7
Oct
2020

Part

1

Day and time

Wednesdays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£250*/£280

20
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Wednesdays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

14
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Wednesdays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

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.