Centre for Modern Languages

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The Centre for Modern Languages

The Centre for Modern Languages was established in 2013 to reintroduce modern language teaching to Richmond University London. As part of the implementation of the university’s new vision and internationalism strategy, the Centre, through its provision of language and culture courses and involvement in wider communities, enhances the profile of the University as a truly international university.

The importance of language learning and language teaching in today’s higher education is self-evident, both for the development of individuals, especially from the point of view of a liberal arts education which characterises the University, and for the preparation of these individuals for the future job market. This is because “languages play a key role in expressing the cultures and identities of the places in which they are used” (Languages and Related Studies, 2007, AQQ), and “the UK needs more of its people to speak foreign languages – for employability, for trade and the economy, and for our cultural life” (Language for the Future Report, 2013, British Council). Languages also form an essential part of intercultural competence, a quality that is increasingly vital in the present multicultural and multilingual world.

As planned, the Centre for Modern Languages has so far introduced courses in Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, with Japanese being planned to start very soon. All these courses are combined with related cultural studies with an aim to foster both awareness and competences in intercultural communications on the part of the course participants. As the Centre also acts as an interface between the University and its neighbouring communities, evening language courses are designed and offered to both the university and neighbouring communities, including joint business Chinese language courses in collaboration with the Confucius Institute for Business based at the London School of Economics (LSE). In addition, the Centre also organises other relevant activities such as professional development programmes for language teachers and themed public lectures, either independently or jointly for audience coming from both within the University and the communities and institutions in the surrounding areas of the University. The Centre also hosts visiting scholars and visiting professors from other countries.

For the accredited courses that can be part of student’s degree study, the Centre has built up four consecutive courses in Chinese language and culture, which form the constituent language basis for the Minor in Chinese Studies, a new minor that became available in 2016. Moreover, the Centre also launched two MA programmes – MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (English and Chinese), and MA in Language Education Leadership and Management, which is the first of its kind on the market. Similar development is planned for other languages when there are enough demands and needs.

Centre Director: Professor George X Zhang
Visiting Professor: Tim Connell

Evening Chinese language courses for Fall 2018

Chinese Language and Culture I-1

18:30 – 20:30 Mondays 24 Sept – 26 Nov 2018 (no class on 22 October 2018)

Japanese Language and Culture I-1

18:30 – 20:30 Tuesdays 25 Sept – 27 Nov 2018 (no class on 23 Oct 2018)


The Centre for Modern Language has announced its Spring Semester (January 2016) Evening Classes. 
Dates are as follows:

Modern Standard Arabic Language & Culture I – 27th January – 30th March 2016* (Wednesdays)

Modern Standard Arabic Language & Culture II – 26th January – 29th March 2016* (Tuesdays)

Chinese Language and Culture I-1 – 25th January – 4th April 2016* (Mondays)
Please note that there will be no class on Monday, 28th March

Chinese Language and Culture I-2 – 28th January – 31st March 2016* (Thursdays)

Chinese Language and Culture III – 18th January – 29th April 2016* (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Please note that there will be no class on 7th, 9th and 28th March

Learn Mandarin at Richmond

In the Spring Semester Richmond will be running a Business Mandarin for Beginner course on its Kensington campus in conjunction with the Confucius Institute for Business based at London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of London,

Business Mandarin for Beginners  Apply today

Start Date: 21 February – 25 April 2017

Duration: 10 Week Programme
Venue: Richmond Kensington campus, Thackeray 1, 16 Young Street, W8
Time: 18H00 – 20H00

Course level: Beginner
Type of Course: Evening, Short Course (not for credit)

Business Mandarin for Beginner is intended for complete beginners who wish to gain some understanding of Chinese language within a Chinese cultural context, especially the Chinese business culture. We will focus on listening and speaking skills, learning how to do basic communication with Chinese people you meet in the business environment and daily life. The course will be very visual, interactive and practical, and participants should feel entertained and stimulated. Music and videos will enhance the learning experience and provide exposure to the cultural aspect of China.

What you will learn

1. Language

  • Useful Greetings
  • Chinese Basics (Nationalities, Numbers,
  • Order food, taxi and book hotel
  • 30 KEY sentences and phrases

2. Cultural points 

  • Chinese Business etiquette
  • Customs and taboos (gifts)
  • Traditional festivals and travel time for business
  • Common conversation topics
  • Strategic Conversation Templates
  • Eating and Drinking in a business setting
  • Modern business communication: iPhone apps, social media and websites

3. Outcomes:

  • To develop the basic ability to use Basic Business Chinese effectively for purposes of practical communication
  • To know the basic cultural difference between China and Western
  • To build-up basic awareness about Chinese people’s preference
  • To know major communicative function in business environment
  • To gain proper knowledge of obtaining HSK Level 1

Beginner Level Course: Chinese Language & Culture I

Start Date: 25th January 2016, Mondays
Please note that there will be no class on Monday, 28th March
Duration: 10 Week Programme
Venue: Richmond Kensington campus, Seminar 1, 16 Young Street, W8
Time: 18H30 – 20H30
Course level: Beginner
Type of Course: Evening, Short Course

This is an introductory course to Mandarin Chinese language, with an integrated approach to the Chinese language and Chinese culture. While the course primarily focuses on oral communication based upon key structures and vocabularies, reading Chinese characters and some writing are an integral part of the course. The course will introduce about 20 essential speech patterns with over 100 characters and 150 words, with which the participants should be able to communicate in a limited range of contexts in everyday life situation.

What you will learn:

  • Greeting in everyday life and business content
  • Self introduction
  • Asking for and giving personal information (name. age, nationality, occupation, etc.)
  • Describing and asking time and date
  • Talking about what one does, likes and dislikes (food and drink etc)

Who should apply:
This short course is ideal for interested learners who have no or limited knowledge of Mandarin.

Entry Requirements:
No prior knowledge of Mandarin is required.

Beginner Level Course: Chinese Language and Culture II

Start Date: 28th January 2016, Thursdays
Duration: 10 Week Programme
Venue: Richmond Kensington campus, Seminar 1, 16 Young Street, W8
Time: 18H30 – 20H30
Course level: Beginner
Type of Course: Evening, Short Course

This is the second part of the introductory course to Mandarin Chinese language, with an integrated approach to the Chinese language and Chinese culture. While the course primarily focuses on oral communication based upon key structures and vocabularies, reading Chinese characters and some writing are an integral part of the course. The course will introduce an additional 20 essential speech patterns with another 100 characters and 150 words, with which the participants should become able to communicate in a wider range of contexts in everyday life situation.

What you will learn:

  • Order food and drinks
  • Talk about family and work
  • Making comparison
  • Talk about weather and places
  • How to go some for activities
  • Direction etc

Who should apply:
This short course is ideal for the learners who have completed Chinese Language and Culture I or some prior knowledge of Mandarin.

Entry Requirements:
See above. If you have learned Mandarin and are interested in joining the course, please contact Centre for Modern Languages cml@richmond.ac.uk for an assessment.

Lower Intermediate Level Course: Chinese Language and Culture III

Start Date: 18 January – 20 April 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays (no class on 7, 9 and 28 March 2016)

Duration: 13 Week Programme

Venue: Richmond Kensington campus, Thackeray 2, 16 Young Street, W8

Time: 18H30 – 19H50

Course level: Beginner

Type of Course: Evening, Short Course (not for credit for external applicants)

Course Description:

This course is a sequel at a higher level to Chinese Language and Culture I and II, based upon a very similar approach to integrating the Chinese language with the Chinese culture.

The course covers a much broader scope of language use and most of the essential linguistic elements while continuing to develop students’ communicative competence on the basis of key structures and vocabulary involving listening, speaking, reading and some writing in both oral and written interactions. The course continues to build the students’ knowledge and skills in key speech patterns and characters, essential vocabulary items as well as cultural knowledge associated with the use of the language in topics and scenarios covered, enabling students to communicate in a wide range of contexts in everyday life situations.

What you will learn:

  • Another 30 generic speech patterns to cover most of the linguistic forms
  • Additional over 350 words and 200 characters with which you will be able to
  • Describe goods in more details, such as when shopping
  • Describe in more details event, environment and people
  • Describe and express in more details how you feel about event and people
  • Who should apply

This course is ideal for the learners who have completed the accredited courses Chinese Language and Culture and I (MCL 4100) and II (MCL 4105) at Richmond University or equivalent courses in Mandarin elsewhere and would like to continue with the study.

Entry Requirements

See above. If you are interested in joining the course, please contact Centre for Modern Languages (cml@richmond.ac.uk) for an assessment.

Fees

£ 440.00

Admissions & Tuition

Entry Requirements 

No prior knowledge of Mandarin is required.

Who should and how to apply

This short course is ideal for interested learners who have no or limited knowledge of Mandarin.

More information on the course is available on Richmond’s website where you can also apply online.

Fees

£245.00 for the course. (£150.00 for Richmond students) http://www.richmond.ac.uk/product/business-mandarin-for-beginners/

Enquiries

If you have further enquiries, please contact the Centre for Modern Language by phone on 020 8332 8283 or by email cml@richmond.ac.uk.

Learn Arabic

In the Spring Semester (January 2016) Richmond will be running two programmes.
Beginner Level Course: Arabic Language & Culture I
Beginner Level Course: Arabic Language & Culture II
More information is available below on each programme. Or contact the Centre for Modern Languages at 020 8332 8283.

Beginner Level Course: Modern Standard Arabic I

Start Date: 27th January 2016, Wednesdays
Duration: 10 Week Programme
Venue: Richmond Kensington campus, Seminar 1, 16 Young Street, W8
Time: 18H30 – 20H30
Course level: Beginner
Type of Course: Evening, Short Course

This is an introductory course to Modern Standard Arabic language. While the course primarily focuses on oral communication based upon key structures and vocabularies, reading Arabic characters and some writing are an integral part of the course. The course will teach students how to communicate in a limited range of contexts in everyday life situation.

What you will learn:

  • Greeting in everyday life and business content
  • Self introduction
  • Asking for and giving personal information (name. age, nationality, occupation, etc.)
  • Describing and asking time and date
  • Talking about what one does, likes and dislikes (food and drink etc)

Who should apply:
This short course is ideal for interested learners who have no or limited knowledge of Arabic.

Entry Requirements:
No prior knowledge of Arabic is required.

Beginner Level Course: Modern Standard Arabic II

Please contact the Centre for Modern Languages for an assessment. CML@richmond.ac.uk

Start Date: 26th January 2016, Tuesdays
Duration: 10 Week Programme
Venue: Richmond Kensington campus, Seminar 1, 16 Young Street, W8
Time: 18H30 – 20H30
Course level: Beginner
Type of Course: Evening, Short Course

This is an introductory course to Arabic language, with an integrated approach to the language and culture. While the course primarily focuses on oral communication based upon basic structures and vocabulary, reading and writing simple basic Arabic text are an integral part of the course. The course will introduce familiar words, basic phrases and sentence structures, with which the participants should be able to communicate in a limited range of context in everyday life situations.

What you will learn:

  • Talking about past events;
  • Describing and discussing the weather;
  • Arabic numbers: 11-100 and days of the week;
  • Describing and discussing daily activities;
  • Eating out and drinking;
  • Shopping , quantities and measurements;
  • Comparing things and people;
  • Talking about future plans;

Who should apply:
This short course is ideal for the learners who have completed Arabic, Language and Culture I or some prior knowledge of Arabic

Entry Requirements:
See above. If you have learned Arabic and are interested in joining the course, please contact Centre for Modern Languages, cml@richmond.ac.uk for an assessment.

Admissions & Tuition

Apply directly to the Centre for Modern Languages
Email:  CML@richmond.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements
Entry to Modern Arabic I, no prior knowledge of Arabic is required.

Entry to Modern Arabic II is subject to assessment and approval by the Course Director.

Who should apply
This short course is ideal for interested learners who have no or limited knowledge of Arabic.

Tuition Fees
£245.00 (10 weeks – January to March).

Special discount rate for full-time students and Richmond University alumni.

Professor George X Zhang, PhD, Hon FCIL

Director, the Centre for Modern Languages

Biography
Dr George X Zhang is Professor of Chinese and Director of the Centre for Modern Languages, in the School of Liberal Arts of the university. He has over thirty years’ experience in language teaching in British and Chinese universities as well as commercial experience in management consultancy and training. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in China and obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham in 1991. He was first appointed as a professor in language education by a Chinese university in 1994.

Before joining Richmond University, Professor Zhang was the Director of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Language Centre, University of London and the Director of London Confucius Institute (the first Confucius Institute in the UK). He has participated and managed quite a few projects on Chinese language learning and teaching, including EBCL (European Benchmarks for Chinese Language), the first EU funded non-European language CEFR benchmark project (2010-12), which he coordinated between 2010 and 2011. He was the Chair of British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) between 2006 and 2008.

Professor Zhang is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and an associate researcher of PLIDAM, INALCO (institut national des langues et civilisations orientales). He also serves as a vice president for the European Association of Chinese Teaching (EACT). As a language specialist, Professor Zhang sits on a number of national and regional language education boards or organisations, and he also lectures extensively all over Europe and other parts of the world.

Professor Zhang has researched and published on language policy, language learning and teaching, teacher training, intercultural communications and cross cultural business management. He is an author of a number of books, including several Chinese language textbooks, of which the Chinese in Steps series won the Outstanding International Chinese Teaching Material Award at the Fifth Confucius Conference in December 2010. 

Professor Tim Connell

 

Biography

Professor Tim Connell is an Emeritus Professor of City University London where he served as Director of Language Studies for nearly twenty years before his retirement. With over forty years’ experience in higher education in London, much of which is related to language learning and teaching.

He Professor Tim Connell is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America.

Professor Connell’s expertise extends far more beyond language learning and language teaching. As he said himself, he has “a lifetime’s experience of operating in multi-lingual international teams, dealing with a wide range of students across all disciplines, and liaising with different types of organisation”.

Professor Connell also enjoys a high profile in language learning and teaching both domestically and internationally, working not only within the UK university sector, but also with both European and overseas institutions and professional bodies. Professor Connell know the language market very well, and is often ahead of change in the field. He is Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, which offers examinations in 35 countries and is currently expanding in the Far East and also served as the chair the Institute of Linguists’ Educational Trust Board. Professor Connell has also delivered numerous guest lectures and been involved many consultancy assignments concerning language learning and language teaching.

Maxwell Davis

My experience so far at Richmond has been nothing short of incredible! The professors are exceptional and possess unique landscapes and objectivity within their courses. Additionally, I must say that the classes are comfortable and garner a comprehensive selection of subjects. As a Financial Economics Major, I have particularly embraced the Modern Language Programme here at Richmond. I am fluent in Mandarin, and thoroughly appreciated the study of Chinese literature and culture which is helpful in bridging cultural gaps. Richmond prides itself on its expertise when it comes to creating programs to satisfy students’ goals – Richmond, Simply Amazing!”

Maxwell DavisCentre for Modern Languages
Sabrina Krichevsky

I have always enjoyed learning languages whenever I have free time, so when I saw that Richmond was offering Chinese at The Centre for Modern Languages I was more than ecstatic. Languages are helpful at any age, and having them available to take while at university was great.

The Centre for Modern Languages has experienced and helpful faculty – useful because learning a new language is hard for anyone. Although this is taught at university level, the Professor makes you feel comfortable with the content and pace, while still having you understand the basics in a semester. An example of the quality of professors available is George Zhang, the chair of the Centre for Modern Languages. We used a textbook that was written by George himself, in the class. Therefore he understands what needs to be tackled throughout the course.

This has been a great experience in my journey at Richmond and it has proven to be a valuable skill now and no doubt will be throughout my life and career.

Sabrina KrichevskyCentre for Modern Languages