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Confucius Institute 曼彻斯特大学孔子学院

Intensive Summer School students writing Chinese characters on a chalkboard

Intensive Mandarin Summer School

Our intensive summer school offers programmes for both beginner and post-beginner Mandarin learners.

We offer three types of programmes: courses A, B and C. You can also choose to combined course A+B to consolidate all four skills, which includes a free 15-minute one-to-one speaking session. Taking place in July, each course runs for two weeks, allowing students to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

Course A: Mandarin Speaking

Course dates:

  • 2 - 13 July 2018, Monday to Friday, 10am -1pm (30 hours in total)
  • 16 - 27 July 2018, Monday to Friday, 10am -1pm (30 hours in total)

Fees: £210 full price / £190 UoM staff and students

Beginner 

Pre-requisite:

This course is suitable for beginners who have no Chinese learning experience or with little Chinese. Year 10+ students, university students, teachers and professionals.

Course description:

Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in speaking, listening and reading . There will be sufficient drill practice and interactive speaking activities to ensure that a grasp of the language is greatly improved in a short period.

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)

Each student will have to purchase the following textbook:

Post-Beginner Level

Pre-requisite:

This course is suitable for learners who have completed the Mandarin Speaking beginner's course or Comprehensive 1 course or have had 30 hours or more of Chinese language lessons or equivalent.

Course description:

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading through structured conversation practice and interactive speaking activities.

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

Each student will have to purchase the following textbook:

Course B: Mandarin Reading and Writing

Course dates:

  • 2 - 13 July 2018, Monday, Friday 2pm -4pm (20 hours in total)
  • 16 - 27 July 2018, Monday, Friday 2am -4pm (20 hours in total)

Fees: £140 full price / £125 UoM

Beginner 

Pre-requisite:

This course is suitable for beginners who have no or a little Chinese learning experience, or have completed the Conversational 1 course, or is learning course A in the morning. Suitable for Year 10+ students,  university students, teachers and professionals.

Course description:

In the writing aspect, this course will cover basic Chinese strokes, the rules of word formation and the six traditional categories. It will also cover the common radicals of Chinese characters and their examples, the skill of using a Chinese dictionary and typing characters using a computer. The history of the evolution of Chinese characters and all characters from the HSK 1 syllabus (approximately 184 characters) will also be covered.

In the reading aspect, this course will practise HSK 1 level reading materials, consolidate the vocab and grammar learnt in the course A beginner level in the morning session (but don’t worry if you haven’t done course A).

Post-Beginner 

Pre-requisite:

This course is suitable for learners who have completed the Course B beginner level (reading and writing summer course), or Mandarin Speaking beginner's course, or Comprehensive 1 course or have completed the Conversational 2 course, or have had 20 hours or more of Chinese language lessons or equivalent.

Course description:

In the writing aspect, this course will cover basic Chinese strokes, the rules of word formation and the six traditional categories. It will also cover the common radicals of Chinese characters and their examples, the skill of using a Chinese dictionary and typing characters using a computer. The history of the evolution of Chinese characters and all characters from the HSK 2 syllabus will also be covered.

In the reading aspect, this course will practise HSK 2 level reading materials, consolidate the vocab and grammar learnt in the course A post-beginner level in the morning session (but don’t worry if you haven’t done course A).

Course A+B

You can combine course A and course B plus a free 15 min one to one speaking session to consolidate what you have learned on that day.

Fee: £350 full price / £315 UoM

Course C: Conversational Mandarin

This series is designed for those who wish to develop their speaking and listening skills in a limited time. The content is practical and simple for people who just want to travel in China, so it’s less intensive than Course A. These two levels are not directly aligned with the HSK syllabi. 

Course dates:

  • 2 - 13 July 2018, Monday - Friday 2pm - 4pm (20 hours in total)
  • 16 - 27 July 2018, Monday - Friday 2am - 4pm (20 hours in total)

Fees: £150 full price / £135 UoM
*The fee includes all course materials

Beginner

Pre-requisite:

None

Course description:

The beginners' course focuses on developing the skills of listening and speaking in Mandarin Chinese. The course aims to equip the students with useful words and phrases for practical use, and covers greetings, making an acquaintance, making an enquiry (time/ directions/reservations), and fulfilling daily needs (purchasing items/catching buses/ordering food, etc).

Learning outcomes:

  • Acquire the confidence and ability to have basic exchanges with native speakers to facilitate travel in China
  • Establish a core vocabulary of 150 Chinese words used in everyday contexts

Learning materials:

All teaching materials have been specifically developed by our teachers using a variety of sources and so all learning materials will be provided throughout the course.

 Lesson

Topics

Including

Lesson 1

Greetings

Numbers, useful phrases

Lesson 2

Self-introduction

Age, family, job

Lesson 3

Where are you going?

Locations

Lesson 4

Booking a hotel

Date

Lesson 5

Buying tickets

Time

Lesson 6

Having a meal

Food, price

Lesson 7

Making an appointment

Making enquiries

Lesson 8

How to get to...

Directions

Lesson 9

Seeing a doctor

Symptoms

Lesson 10

Do you speak Mandarin?

Giving/accepting compliments. Review of whole course

 

Post-Beginner 

Pre-requisite:

Completion of Conversational Mandarin 1, or 20 hours equivalent Chinese course.

Course description:

A beginners' course which focuses on developing the skills of listening and speaking in Mandarin Chinese. The student will also learn to recognise some basic characters. The course aims to equip students with useful words and phrases for practical use, and covers making requests in a cafe, enquiring about someone's nationality, making a request for help, asking for directions and places, discussing the menu and ordering dishes in a restaurant, making an appointment, asking for help in a shop, proposing a toast and giving a compliment.

Learning outcomes:

  • Acquire the confidence and ability to have simple conversations with native speakers to facilitate travel and study in China
  • Have established a core vocabulary of 300 Chinese words used in everyday contexts

Learning materials: All teaching materials have been specifically developed by our teachers using a variety of sources and so all learning materials will be provided throughout the course.

Special offer 

Register for both the Beginner and Post-Beginner courses and receive a discount: £670 Public / £600 UoM

Accommodation 

Students in need of accommodation can approach The University of Manchester Halls of Residence, where there are single rooms available over the summer. Please note though that under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information please visit the Accommodation website and take a look at their Summer Vacation Residence Guide.

How to book

Registration is now open. All applications should be made via the enrolment section of our website. Once you have submitted an application, we will get in touch with instructions on how to proceed.

For any queries please contact confucius@manchester.ac.uk