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Chinese Working Towards Fluency

Course code: LPAR111P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Days of week:


Course date:

18th Sep 2023 - 8th Jul 2024

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

You have been on a journey of learning that has taken you through the basics of the language. Now is the time to really expand that base with the first of the fluency courses.

The course is designed for those who wish to converse a little more in the language when visiting the country. The main topics that will be covered are - describing a social activity with where, when, who and what; ordering a full meal with drink in a restaurant; In this course you will start to develop more complex conversations and a deeper understanding of the language through varieties of exercise and demonstrations, which would help you to improve your ability initiating and maintaining a face-to-face conversation on a wide range of topics, and to express yourself in a more sophisticated manner.

The course will also provide an opportunity for you to take on a topic you want to work with, unfolding and expanding it so that you begin to feel like you are becoming immersed in your discussions and thoughts. You then can make a presentation on the topic to develop further speaking and writing skills.

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 23/10/23, 18/12/23, 25/12/23, 01/01/24, 12/02/24, 01/04/24, 08/04/24, 15/04/24, 06/05/24, 27/05/24

Facilities at Abingdon campus:

Vending machines and Costa coffee shop

Watercoolers available, making it easy to refill your water bottle.

Free parking.

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 - improving fluency

Entry criteria

There are no formal entry requirements however this is a course for those who have already studied the language at a language school for three to four years or followed a course for at least 200 hours. This is a course for those who will already be able to talk confidently in the present, past and future tenses

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 textbook is used to accompany the course, but it is optional to buy this (average cost £20 - £25). The textbook 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. As a result of this if after the first week of this course commencing the number of learners attending is significantly below the expected number of attendees based on the initial enrolment figures the college retains the right to cancel the course and offer a place on a further course of similar nature or a full refund of fees paid.

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: £150.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £150.00

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

You will learn in wide range of ways, from listening and repeating, seeing something written first, individually through personal work at home, collaboratively in pairs, small group and as a whole group in the classroom, you will improve your mastering of a new language and specific words for grammar. The use of audio and video material will be monitored to make the language accessible and comprehensible while stretching your level with genuine resources.

You will be assessed through formal and informal assessment, observation, and peer evaluation. Also, you will self-evaluate your skill set at the start of the course against the learning outcomes planned for the course and will self-evaluate again at the end of the course in order to measure your progress and gain confidence in your learning.

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.