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Chinese (Mandarin) - Beginners

Course code: LPXR112P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Days of week:


Course date:

11th Jan 2024 - 4th Jul 2024

Course location:

Cheney School

Contact details


01235 555 585

This is a continuation course at Beginners level, it is open for all who consider themselves competent at this level. The main emphasis will be on speaking and listening including some relevant cultural information.

Although the writing of the characters is not the most emphasised element at this level, we will go through the basic strokes and stroke order as well as do some simple writing practise. You will begin to learn about some grammatical concepts, but this will be kept to a minimum at this level.

During the course, you will familiarize yourself further with pinyin and the tones and you should be able to:

• Recognize about 10-20 Chinese characters

• Describing the Chinese numeracy concept

• Order simple snacks (food & drinks)

• Ask & follow directions

• Book accommodation

• Conduct basic shopping and bargaining trips

• Describe Daily routines and hobbies

The course will equip you with some knowledge on radicals for better understanding of the Chinese characters. We will also introduce some culture/traditions alongside the Chinese festivals, and some common sayings and taboos.

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 15/02/24, 04/04/24, 11/04/24, 30/05/24.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
Chinese (Mandarin) - Improvers
Entry criteria
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. It is strongly recommended however for those who are new to the language that you have completed the Chinese (mandarin) beginners introduction course. If you are a “Rusty” beginner it is recommended that you speak to one of our tutors who will be able to assess the appropriate level of course for you.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
A text book is used to accompany the course but it is optional to buy this (average cost £20 - £25). The text book will support your learning for at least 1 year. You may also like to buy a small dictionary. Your tutor will be able to advise you at the first session.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £75.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £75.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
We will use HSK1 as reference book for teaching methods and learning assessments. Learning activities will mainly be organised in pair work/small groups. Homework every week will be based on a summary sheet of the lesson for you to review in your own time.

As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement.