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 six consecutive levels designed to take learners from a beginner to an intermediate stage over six terms.

This popular course is running on either weekdays or Saturdays, depending on your level. You will also be expected to commit to 4-8 hours for self-study each week to ensure you can follow the pace of the course. 

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

Beginner Comprehensive Mandarin 1

  • 28 September - 2 December 2020, Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8pm
  • 3 October - 5 December 2020, Saturdays 10am-1pm

This course will be available in 2 x 5-week sections; part A and part B, for those wishing to just take half of the course.

Pre-requisite: None

Fees: 

Evening classes: £320 full price 

£160 for part A or B / £288 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£256 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years)

Saturday classes: £240 full price 

£120 for part A or B / £216 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£192 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years)

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. 

We recommend that 3 hours of independent study are undertaken each week to ensure students can keep up with the pace of the course.

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 an example of the course content view our textbook extract

Post-Beginner Comprehensive Mandarin 2

  • 3 October - 5 December 2020- Saturdays 10am-1pm

This course will be available in 2 x 5-week sections; part A and part B, for those wishing to just take half of the course.

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

Fee:  £240 full price

£120 for part A or B / £216 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£192 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years) 

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; the 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.

We recommend that 3 hours of independent study are undertaken each week to ensure students are able to keep up with the pace of the course. 

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 an example of the course content view our textbook extract

Intermediate Comprehensive Mandarin 3

  • 3 October - 5 December 2020, Saturdays 10am-1pm

This course will be available in 2 x 5-week sections; part A and part B, for those wishing to just take half of the course.

Pre-requisite: Completion of our Comprehensive 2 course or 60 hours of intensive Chinese

Fee:  £240 full price 

£120 for part A or B / £216 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£192 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years)

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. 

We recommend that 3 hours of independent study are undertaken each week to ensure students are able to keep up with the pace of the course. 

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 an example of the course content view our textbook extract

Intermediate Comprehensive Mandarin 4

  • 3 October - 5 December 2020, Saturdays 10am-1pm

This course will be available in 2 x 5-week sections; part A and part B, for those wishing to just take half of the course.

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

Fee: £240 full price

£120 for part A or B / £216 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£192 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years)

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 a 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.

We recommend that 3 hours of independent study are undertaken each week to ensure students are able to keep up with the pace of the course. 

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 an example of the course content view our textbook extract.

Post-Intermediate Comprehensive Mandarin 5 (HSK 4:1)

  • 3 October - 5 December 2020, Saturdays 10am-1pm

This course will be available in 2 x 5-week sections; part A and part B, for those wishing to just take half of the course.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Comprehensive 4 or 120 hours of intensive Chinese or have passed the HSK 3 Exam. 

Fee: £240 full price 

£120 for part A or B / £216 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£192 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years)

Course description: This post-intermediate course focuses on all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course covers talking about partners, love and marriage, talking about friends and party arrangements, interviews and work, making a good first impression and shopping. This course is for the HSK 4 or CEFRL B2 level. After completing the Comprehensive Mandarin levels 5-8, students should be ready to take the HSK 4 exam. 

We recommend that 3 hours of independent study are undertaken each week to ensure students are able to keep up with the pace of the course. 

Learning outcomes: Grasp at least 160 words and 25 key grammar strictures. Conduct complex conversations and narrations in Chinese and understand the deeper functions of Chinese grammar. 

Textbook: Chapter 1-5, HSK 4 Standard Course (Volume A/上), Beijing Language and Culture Universities Press. 

For an example of the course content view our textbook extract

Post-Intermediate Comprehensive Mandarin 6 (HSK 4:2)

  • 29 September - 3 December 2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8pm 
  • 3 October - 5 December 2020, Saturdays 10am-1pm

This course will be available in 2 x 5-week sections; part A and part B, for those wishing to just take half of the course.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Comprehensive 5 or 150 hours of intensive Chinese or passed HSK 3 test. 

Fee: 

Evening classes: £320 full price 

£160 for part A or B / £288 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£256 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years)

Saturday classes: £240 full price

£120 for part A or B / £216 for full 10 weeks if both parts booked together (£192 for returning CI students if studied with us in last 2 years) 

Course description: This post-intermediate course focuses on all four core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course covers talking about shopping, sale advertisements, talking about health & wellbeing, talking about beauty and a good mood in life, weight, successful experiences and standards of happiness. This course is for the HSK 4 or CEFRL B2 level. After completing the Comprehensive Mandarin levels 5-8, students should be able to take the HSK 4 exam. 

We recommend that 3 hours of independent study are undertaken each week to ensure students are able to keep up with the pace of the course. 

Learning outcomes: 

Evening classes: Grasp at least 220 words and 33 key grammar structures. Conduct complex conversations and narrations in Chinese and understand deeper functions of Chinese grammar. 

Saturday classes: Grasp at least 160 words and 25 key grammar structures. Conduct complex conversations and narrations in Chinese and understand deeper functions of Chinese grammar.

Textbook: 

Evening classes: Chapter 6-10, HSK 4 Standard course (Volume A/上)+chapter 11-12 (Volume B/下 ), Beijing Language and Culture Universities Press.

Saturday classes: Chapter 6-10, HSK 4 Standard course (Volume A/上), Beijing Language and Culture Universities Press.

For an example of the course content view our textbook extract.