Learn Mandarin

In the Spring Semester Richmond will be running three programmes. 

Beginner Level Course: Chinese Language & Culture I-1
Beginner Level Course: Chinese Language & Culture I-2

Lower Intermediate Course: Chinese language & Culture III

More information is available below on each programme. Or contact the Centre for Modern Language at 020 8332 8283.  

Beginner Level Course: Chinese Language and Culture I-1

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Start Date: 25 January – 4 April 2016, Mondays (no class on 28 March 2016)
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 (not for credit)


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 I-2

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Start Date: 28 January – 31 March 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 (not for credit)

 

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.
 


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Lower Intermediate Level Course: Chinese Language and Culture III

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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