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Confucius Institute

Comprehensive Mandarin

Our Comprehensive Mandarin series caters for students of all abilities who wish to develop all four skills, i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The series is divided into four consecutive levels designed to take learners from a beginner to an intermediate stage over four terms, or two years.

Participants are required to commit to two evenings per week, with sessions running on both Mondays / Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm.

New for April 2017: Saturday morning courses! 

April 2017: Please note that due to May Bank Holidays, the Monday classes on 1st and 29 May will be held on Tuesday 2nd and 30th May instead. 

Take time to read the course descriptions and decide on the right level for you before heading to our enrolment section. 

Comprehensive Mandarin 1 (Course code 8011)

  • 24 April - 29 June 2017, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm 
  • 29 April - 1 July 2017, Saturdays 10am-1pm

Pre-requisite: None

Fees: £260 full price / £240 for University of Manchester staff and students

Course description: This course is suitable for beginners keen to develop basic conversational skills in Chinese and understand basic Chinese characters. Whilst focusing on speaking and listening skills, the tutor will also help students to write and recognise basic Chinese characters. The course covers greetings; introductions; nationalities; professions; enquiring about the date; age and birthday; saying what you do and when; talking about likes and dislikes; what one should and shouldn’t do; favourites; ordering simple food and drink; family; expressing states; talking about the weather and seasons; making comparisons and giving suggestions; talking about going and coming somewhere to do something; and methods of transport. By the end of this course, students should be able to attempt the HSK 1 Exam or the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFRL) A1. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Grasp 210 Chinese characters, 250 basic vocabulary elements and 30 basic grammatical structures at least
  • Conduct basic conversations in Chinese e.g. greetings, introductions, enquiries (time / restaurant / weather / direction)

Textbook: Chinese in Steps Volume.1 (Cypress Book Co. 2011). For a more detailed example please see our Step 1 textbook extract. Receive 10% discount for online orders: B2S1516 (valid until 31/10/15)

Comprehensive Mandarin 2 (Course code 8012)

  • 24 April - 29 June 2017, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm
  • 29 April - 1 July 2017, Saturdays 10am-1pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Step 1 or 40 hours intensive Chinese

Fee: £260 full price / £240 for University of Manchester staff and students.

Course description: This post-beginner course focuses on all four core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course covers enquiring about location; giving directions; enquiring about price; bargaining; Chinese currency; telling the time; enquiring about opening/closing times; enquiring about timings and distances; more detailed directions; going to the doctors; expressing a change in state or condition; contrast between past and present; asking about exchange rates and currencies; ask for and give specific information of a past action; express the length of an accomplished action; asking and saying how far one place is from another; comment on an action with a verb complement; use of verb complements of state and manner; use of duration expressed in a V-O construction; talk about currently continuous activities; talk about continuous activities in the past; talk about two concurrent activities; expressing disagreement indirectly; expressing the idea of “both…and…”; expressing an imminent future action; expressing past experiences; and expressing two consecutive actions in a sequence. By the end of this course, students should be able to attempt the HSK 2 Exam or CEFRL A2.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Grasp at least 450 Chinese characters, 600 basic vocabulary and 45 basic grammar structures
  • Conduct increasingly complex conversations in Chinese

Textbook: Chinese in Steps Volume.2 (Cypress Books Co. 2011). For a more detailed example please see our Step 2 textbook extract. Receive 10% discount for online orders: B2S1516 (valid until 31/10/15)

Comprehensive Mandarin 3 (Course code 8013)

  • 24 April - 29 June 2017, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm
  • 29 April - 1 July 2017, Saturdays 10am-1pm

Fee: £260 full price / £240 for University of Manchester staff and students

Course description: This pre-intermediate course focuses on all four core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course covers passing on a message; how to apologise formally; using potential complements; expressing an action with a result; talking about Chinese restaurants and food; starting a conversation with a topical comment; expressing a prolonged state; active voice; passive voice 'ba' and 'bei' constructions; making a guess; describing an event; using the imperative; indicating the course of information; expressing the idea of "even more"; expressing the idea of "more and more"; filling in a Chinese registration form; and discussing the weather. This course is between the HSK 2-3 exam or CEFRL A2-B1. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Grasp at least 840 Chinese characters, 1000 words and 70 basic grammar structures.
  • Conduct increasingly complex conversations in Chinese and will also have more of an understanding of expressions of tense and the deeper functions of Chinese grammar.

Textbook: Chinese in Steps Volume.3 (Cypress Books Co. 2011). For a more detailed example, please see our Step 3 textbook extract. Receive 10% discount for online orders: B2S1516 (valid until 31/10/15)

Comprehensive Mandarin 4 (Course code 8014)

  • 24 April - 29 June 2017, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Step 3 or 80 hours intensive Chinese

Fee: £260 full price / £240 for University of Manchester staff and students

Course description: This intermediate course focuses on all four core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course covers registering for a club/course; filling in a course application form; understanding about studying in China; making choices; offering a reasoned explanation for a choice; learning about exercise and health in China; opening an bank account/applying for a credit card; expressing feelings of good fortune; understanding the banking industry in China; how to post parcels in a post office; specifying essential conditions; understanding the Chinese lunar calendar; getting your hair styled and commenting on appearance; using the verbal construction V+ ‘qilai’; asking someone to pass on a sick leave message; writing a short note asking for leave; talking about differences and similarities; reading and writing Chinese letters; adverb + verb/adjective construction; writing a covering letter; writing a CV; talking about shopping and where to shop; understanding bargaining tips and practice; verb + complement construction; talking about sightseeing and trips; learning the difference between spoken and written styles; and learning acronyms. This course is between the HSK 3-4 Exam or CEFRL B1-B2.

Learning outcomes:

  • Grasp at least 1000 Chinese characters, 1500 words and 90 grammar structures
  • Conduct increasingly complex conversations in Chinese and will also have more of an understanding of expressions of tense and the deeper functions of Chinese grammar

Textbook: Chinese in Steps Volume.4 (Cypress Books Co. 2005). For a more detailed example please see our Step 4 textbooks extract. Receive 10% discount for online orders: B2S1516 (valid until 31/10/15)