Chinese (Mandarin): Beginners - Part 2


This 10-week course is pitched at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and completion of the course will help you meet the level requirements. To help develop your fluency in the language, the course will focus primarily on speaking and listening skills, but will also include practice in reading and writing. You will have plenty of opportunities to practise the target language through hands-on class activities such as conversations and role-plays.

Note: Pinyin and pronunciation are incorporated with vocabulary and language through all the course.

Programme details

Course starts: 23 Jan 2024

The weekly course schedule below is intended to give an overview of the main topic(s) likely to be covered in each session. Please note that these may sometimes change according to the tutor’s discretion to reflect the interests of course participants.

Week 1:  他真高! (Unit 4/L1)

  • Adjectives for describing physical appearance
  • Describing appearance and occupations
  • Cultural corner: about Chinese New Year (Chinese New Year's Eve & Chinese Zodiac signs)

Week 2: 他真高! (Unit 4/L2)

  • A basic Description of people's personal profiles
  • Extended vocabulary on Chinese New Year
  • Cultural corner: More on Chinese New Year (taboos and activities)

Week 3:  他真高!(Unit 4/L3)

  • Communicative activities and unit review
  • More radicals and characters
  • Creating a simple personal profile
  • Cultural corner: more on Chinese New Year (Lantern Festival)

Week 4:  这是我的电话号码。(Unit 5/L1)

  • Asking for and giving information about contact numbers and addresses
  • Expressions for receiving and ending phone calls
  • Continue to learn Pinyin - the tones of 不 and 一

Week 5:  这是我的电话号码。(Unit 5/L2)

  • Receiving and  responding to simple telephone messages
  • Asking for and giving information regarding one's address
  • Cultural corner:  order of Chinese addresses

Week 6:  这是我的电话号码。(Unit 5/L3)

  • Providing further personal information and contact details
  • Chinese character writing
  • Cultural corner: Chinese way of thinking from large to small

Week 7: 今天几号? (Unit 6/L1)

  • Days of the week and dates
  • Invitations and discussing related activities
  • Chinese corner: Chinese calligraphy

Week 8:  今天几号?(Unit 6/L2)

  • Reading a weekly planner
  • Creating a personal calendar
  • The order of expressing Chinese year, month and date

Week 9:  今天几号?(Unit 6/L3)

  • Communicative activities and unit review
  • Chinese festivals and their dates 
  • Continue to learn radicals

Week 10:  Overall Revision

Key grammar points:

* Exclamatory Sentence using 真

* Interrogative Sentences using special interrogative words like 谁、多少、多大、几

* Delarative Sentences with adjectives and nouns as predicate

* Sentence with pivotal verbs 请

Key functions:

* Describing physical appearance

* Asking for and giving basic information

* Text messaging

* Offering invitations

* Creating a personal calendar

* Using dates and days of the week


Students who attend a minimum of 70% of classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Description Costs
Course Fee £251.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit, you are a full-time student in the UK or a student on a low income, you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees. Please see the below link for full details:

Concessionary fees for short courses


Mrs Zhao Godfrey

Born in the city of Tangshan in North China, Huiqiu Zhao studied English at the University of Shandong. She has been working as a freelance translator, interpreter, teacher and examiner in the UK since 1995.

Course aims

To enable you to communicate at a basic level with speakers of the target language in a limited range of practical, real-life settings.

Course objectives:

  • To help learners' to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for basic everyday communication in the target language.
  • To help learners' to consolidate their listening comprehension skills to understand the gist of very short, basic written texts and audio excerpts.
  • To enable learners' to use high frequency vocabulary and grammar structures for basic routine communication.
  • To equip learners' with an appreciation of the culture and civilisation of the country (or countries) in which the target language is spoken.

Teaching methods

You will learn through a communicative teaching approach with the emphasis on actively engaging in classroom activities in the target language. These are likely to include role-plays, pair- and small group-work, and conversational practice conducted in a supportive, friendly and informal learning environment.

The course has been structured to help you primarily to improve your speaking and listening skills and to develop a basic level of intercultural awareness in the context of social communication. You will also learn and practise new grammatical structures and will be encouraged to develop your reading and writing skills in your own time.

Learning outcomes

By the end of your course, learners will be able to:

  • interact in a simple way using a basic range of language in routine everyday contexts;
  • understand and respond to basic spoken or recorded language relating to very familiar everyday situations;
  • demonstrate comprehension of very short, simple texts containing high frequency vocabulary and basic grammar structures;  
  • write very short texts to provide basic personal information or simple descriptions.


Assessment methods

You will be set short, optional assignments to consolidate your learning and to allow you to progress at your own pace.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an enrolment form (Word) or enrolment form (Pdf).

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