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Mandarin 1 2017 - Beginner

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Chinese Temple

Mon 6.30pm

This course is intended for learners with minimal or no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. Its aim is to help students acquire and develop basic Mandarin language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students will learn the Chinese sound system (the four tones) and character components in writing Chinese. Each session will involve a variety of interactive practice activities.

The course runs for 20 weeks, 2 hours per week.  The price of the course will be added during the registration process.

Course Fees are:

Students registered in 2016-17: £95
LU and LSU Staff, Alumni, Campus Partner Staff and Concessions (pensioners, job seekers etc) registered in 2016-17: £125
General Public registered in 2016-17: £155
Students: £125
LU and LSU Staff, Alumni, Campus Partner Staff and Concessions (pensioners, job seekers etc): £155
General Public: £185
Discount for anyone registered in 2016-17:£30 (already applied to the returner rates above). No more than one discount can be applied per year.

Any refunds should be requested in writing to languages@lboro.ac.uk by Friday 13th October at 4 pm. A £20 fee will be applied.

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Course Dates

9th October 2017 – 14th May 2018

Places Available


Course Leader

Min Song
Course Description

Teaching is communicative with regular opportunities for pair and group-work. Class work emphasises listening, speaking and the practice of sentence structures; self-study consists of reviewing work done in class and practising language skills as advised by the tutor.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Small talk about yourself and others
  • Numbers, time and dates
  • Talking about family members
  • Jobs
  • Colour , Clothes and Shopping
  • Ordering food
  • Giving directions and transport
  • Talking about your activities
  • Weather

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Read and write around 150 Chinese Characters
  • Greet and introduce yourself and others
  • Tell and ask the time and date
  • Talk about family members
  • Talk about jobs
  • Go shopping
  • Talk about the weather
  • Order food and drinks
  • Ask for directions
  • Talk about transport
  • Talk about your schedule (when/where/with whom/by what)
  • Talk about your activities

The course is based on the teacher’s hand-outs, no text book purchase needed. 

N.B.: The practice of writing and reading of Chinese letters will be dealt with in class; however, it relies on self-study with the tutor’s support. 

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