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Confucius Institute

Conversational Mandarin

This series is designed for those who wish to develop their speaking and listening skills in a limited time.

The series is divided into ten levels to cater for a range of different abilities.

Please read the prerequisites and course descriptions carefully to identify the right level for you before heading to our enrolment section.

Each course lasts for ten weeks with classes running once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings for two hours.

Beginner Conversational Mandarin 1

  • 11 October - 13 December 2017, Wednesdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: None

Fees: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students*

*The fee includes all course materials

Course description: A beginners' course which 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.

 LessonTopicsIncluding
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

Beginner Conversational Mandarin 2

  • 11 October - 13 December 2017 Wednesdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Conversational Mandarin 1 or 20 hours intensive Mandarin

Fees: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students

*The fee includes all course materials

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. 

Conversational Mandarin 3

  • 11 October - 13 December 2017, Wednesdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Conversational Mandarin 2 or 40 hours intensive Mandarin

Fees: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students *The fee includes all course materials

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. This course aims to equip students with useful words and phrases for practical use. It will cover the following; making enquiries about someone's impression of a city, describing the weather, enquiring about someone's weekend plans, enquiring about someone's travel experience, asking for directions, exchanging money, checking out of a hotel, discussing taking a flight, talking about Chinese food and bargaining with merchants when shopping.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn to speak with a degree of fluency.
  • Acquire the confidence and ability to have simple conversations with native speakers to facilitate travel and living in China. 
  • Establish a core vocabulary of 600 Chinese words used in everyday contexts and basic grammatical structures covered in the HSK 3 syllabus.
  • However, Conversational Mandarin 3.1 mainly focuses on the skills of listening and speaking in Mandarin Chinese, thus further study on Chinese Characters would be recommended for any student wishing to take their Chinese study further or pursue the HSK 3 exam. 

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

Conversational Mandarin 4

  • 11 October - 13 December 2017, Wednesdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Conversational Mandarin 3 or 60 hours intensive Mandarin

Course code: 8004

Fee: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students

Course description: A beginners' course which focuses on developing the skills of listening and speaking in Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn how to recognise and write some common Chinese characters. Students will also be taught how to learn Chinese characters using radicals. The course aims to equip students with 100 characters and 200 words for practical use. It will cover the following; greetings and making an appointment with an old friend, commenting on the weather, asking for directions, making enquiries about locations, booking a hotel, buying tickets, buying electronics and planning a dinner. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to speak with a degree of fluency and acquire the confidence and ability to have a conversation with Chinese people. 
  • Learn to recognise commonly used Chinese characters and be able to write some basic ones. 
  • Beginners Conversational Mandarin 4 refers to some basic and commonly used Chinese characters. However, for any student who wishes to take their Chinese study further or pursue the HSK 3/4 exams, they should pursue further study of Chinese characters. 

Textbook: Lessons 28 to 36 in Confidence Chinese Volume 1 (Cypress Books Co. 2006). For a more example please see our Confidence 4 textbook extract

Conversational Mandarin 5

  • 11 October - 13 December 2017, Wednesday evenings 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Conversational Mandarin 4 or 80 hours intensive Mandarin

Course code: 8005

Fee: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students

Course description: A post-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 informal greetings; making, accepting and declining an invitation; describing things, people and events; demands; reminding people and calling people's attention to something; urging someone to do something; expressing satisfaction and disgust; discussion, negotiation and describing locations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Speak with a degree of fluency and acquire the confidence and ability to have simple conversations with native speakers, to facilitate study and travel in China.
  • Have established a core vocabulary of 750 Chinese words used in everyday contexts.

Text book: Lessons 17 to 25 in Confidence Chinese Volume 2 (Cypress Books Co. 2006). The last three lessons include content designed by our teachers. For a more detailed example please see our Confidence 5 textbook extract

Conversational Mandarin 6

Pre-requisite: Completion of Confidence Chinese 5 or 100 hours intensive Chinese

Course dates: 11 October - 13 December 2017, Wednesdays 6-8pm

Fees: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students

Course description: A post-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 expressing hope and wishes; certainty and uncertainty; giving examples and putting things in sequential order; expressing feeling of surprise and strangeness; expressing worry and comforting someone who worries; making an apology and forgiving somebody; making a compliment, praising someone and replying with modesty; and showing belief, disbelief and doubt.

Learning outcomes:

  • Speak with a degree of fluency and acquire the confidence and ability to have simple conversations with native speakers, which will satisfy one's requirement in studying and travelling to China.
  • Have established a core vocabulary of 900 Chinese words used in everyday contexts.

Textbook: Lessons 1-9 in Confidence Chinese Volume 3 (Cypress Books Co. 2006). For a more detailed example please see our Confidence 6 textbook extract

Conversational Mandarin 7

Pre-requisite: Completion of Conversational Mandarin 6 or 120 hours intensive Mandarin

Course code: 8007

Fee: £140 full price / £130 for University of Manchester staff and students  

Course description: A pre-intermediate 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 agreeing, disagreeing and opposing; showing confidence and lack of confidence; leaving and passing on a message to someone; making an estimation, inference or guess; correcting someone’s mistake in speech; making a change; showing sympathy; expressing regret and making a comparison.  

Learning outcomes:  

  • Speak with a degree of fluency and acquire the confidence and ability to have simple conversations with native speakers, to facilitate study and travel in China.  
  • Have established a core vocabulary of 1050 Chinese words used in everyday contexts.  

Textbook: Lessons 10 -18 in Confidence Chinese Volume 3 (Cypress Books Co. 2006). For a more detailed example please see our Confidence 7 textbook extract.