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Confucius Institute 曼彻斯特大学孔子学院

HSK preparation courses

We are an official HSK test centre and currently run the following tailor-made preparation courses.

For this term, all HSK courses are run for 8 weeks in time for the HSK test on 2 December. 

Read the course descriptions carefully and choose the right level for you before filling out the enrolment form.

HSK Level 3 Preparation Course 

Course dates: 29 January - 19 March 2019, Tuesdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Students should have passed HSK Level 2; have completed 80 hours Mandarin learning, or have the equivalent learning experience, and be keen to further improve their Chinese proficiency level.

Fees: £112 full price / £104 for University of Manchester staff and students.

Course description: This course will cover an introduction to the HSK exam structure, HSK 3 vocabulary lists, a range of topics covered in HSK 3, as well as grammar and sentence structure. The tutor will work through several past exam papers with the students in order to improve their exam confidence alongside their listening, reading and writing skills. Textbook recommendation (the teacher will use some part of it) HSK 3 standard course. Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Learning outcomes: Read and write 600 words in Chinese, understand 20 grammar structures, master 17 daily conversation topics and be well prepared to take the HSK 3 examination.

HSK Level 4A Preparation Course 

Course dates: 28 January - 28 February 2019, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm 

Pre-requisite: Students should have passed HSK Level 3; have completed 120 hours Mandarin learning, or have the equivalent learning experience, and be keen to further improve their Chinese proficiency level.

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

Course description: This course is for students who wish to pass the HSK 4 Exam but also for students who just wish to improve their language competence. This 5 week intensive course will focus on introducing and consolidating HSK 4 key vocabulary and grammar with some speaking practice. Students will need to complete some workbook exercises as homework in order to improve their exam confidence alongside their listening, reading and writing skills. Textbook recommendation: HSK 4 standard course (2 volumes), Beijing Language and Culture University Press. 

Learning outcomes: Read and write 1200 words in Chinese, understand 40 grammar structures, be able to interpret inferred information, recognise synonyms and antonyms and be well prepared to take the HSK 4 examination. We advise that if you are new to most HSK 4 content that you take both the A and B course to prepare you for the HSK 4 Exam. 

HSK Level 4B Preparation Course

Course dates: 4 February - 4 April 2019, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm

Pre-requisite: Students should have passed HSK 3 with a mark of 80% or over or have completed 140 hours of Mandarin learning. Alternatively, students should have completed HSK 4A Preparation course or have the equivalent learning experience, and be keen to further improve their Chinese proficiency level and pass the HSK 4 Exam. 

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

Course description: This 5 week intensive course is a 'fast-track' course for HSK 4 exam candidates who have already learned the majority of the HSK 4 syllabus. The course will focus on introducing the HSK exam structure, exam techniques and skills, revision of HSK 4 vocabulary lists as well as focussing on carefully selected key grammar and sentence structure. The tutor will work through several past exam papers with students both in and outside of the classroom with a focus on improving exam confidence alongside listening, reading and writing skills. Textbook recommendation: HSK 4 Standard Course, Beijing Language and Culture University Press. 

Learning outcomes: Read and write 1200 words in Chinese, understand 40 grammar structures, be able to interpret inferred information, recognise synonyms and antonyms and be well prepared to take the HSK 4 examination. We advise that if you are new to most HSK 4 content that you take both the A and B course to prepare you for the HSK 4 Exam. 

HSK Level 5 Preparation Course 

Course dates: 28 January - 4 April 2019, Mondays and Thursdays 6-8pm 

Pre-requisite: Students should have passed HSK Level 4; have completed 240 hours of Mandarin learning in total including at least 60-80 hours of the Advanced Chinese course at HSK 5 Level. Students can also have the equivalent learning experience and be keen to further improve their Chinese proficiency level. 

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

Course description: This course will cover an introduction to the HSK exam structure, HSK 5 vocabulary lists (mainly revision), a range of topics covered in the HSK 5 exam as well as key grammar and sentence structures. The tutor will work through several past exam papers with students in order to improve their exam confidence alongside their listening, reading and writing skills. Textbook recommendation (the teacher will use some part of it) HSK 5 standard course (2 volumes). Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Learning outcome: To recognise 2500 words, understand 32 grammar structures, be able to interpret inferred information, recognise synonyms and antonyms and be well prepared to take the HSK 5 examination.