Chinese Evening Courses

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Engaging 8-week courses to help you develop your Chinese language skills.

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Our friendly, supportive and knowledgeable teachers cheer you on every step of the way!

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About these courses

Our Mandarin courses are aimed at adults interested in learning a language in their spare time. Classes cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a focus on communicative language skills. Courses are open to students, staff, and members of the public.

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Next courses: October 2021

Our next 8-week Chinese courses will start in October. The teaching mode for each level has been confirmed based on an evaluation of student preferences for online or face-to-face teaching. Please see the details for your level below.

Tuesday: Levels 1-3

  • Dates: 19 October – 7 December 2021 (8 weeks)
  • Day and time: Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Venue:
    • Level 1: face-to-face at Leeds University Business School
    • Level 2: online via Zoom
    • Level 3: face-to-face at Leeds University Business School
  • Textbook: Discover China Student Book 1
  • Cost: £100. You will also need to purchase your own textbook.

Make your payment via the University online store to register.

We need a minimum of 5 students for a class to run and classes have up to 15 students.

Did you know that University staff on grades 2-4 can access funding of up to £135 per year for courses that are not work-related? Find out more on the Learning for Life webpage.

Thursday: Levels 4, 5 and Advanced

  • Dates: 21 October – 9 December 2021 (8 weeks)
  • Day and time: Thursdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Venue:
    • Level 4: face-to-face at Leeds University Business School
    • Level 5: online via Zoom
    • Advanced: face-to-face at Leeds University Business School
  • Textbook: Discover China Student Book 2
  • Cost: £100. You will also need to purchase your own textbook.

Make your payment via the University online store to register.

We need a minimum of 5 students for a class to run and classes have up to 15 students.

Safety measures for in-person teaching

For our face-to-face classes we have booked large teaching spaces which allow for distancing, and will follow the University’s coronavirus guidelines. You can read more about the University’s approach to creating a safe space on campus on this dedicated website.

Meet the teachers

Visit our teacher profiles to learn a bit more about them and pick up some tips!

Which level is right for me?

Click on each level to view the resources used and content covered. If you are still unsure about which level to sign up for, please contact us. After the first lesson it is possible to switch class if necessary, subject to availability and after discussion with your teacher.

Level 1

Textbook: Discover China Student Book One

Units: 1-4

Topics covered in the course:

  • Basics of Chinese language
  • Introduction to Chinese characters
  • Daily useful expressions
  • Your Chinese name
  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Describing people’s appearances
  • Introducing yourself
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Occupations
  • Family members
  • Likes and dislikes

Level 2

Textbook: Discover China Student Book One

Units: 5-8

Topic covered in the course:

  • Asking for and saying dates and days
  • Asking for and giving information about contact numbers and address
  • Reading and responding to text messages
  • Talking about daily activities on schedules and weekly plan
  • Asking for and telling the time
  • Talking about clothes, colour and prices
  • Learn to bargain

Level 3

Textbook: Discover China Student Book One

Units: 9-12

Topic covered in the course:

  • Asking for and giving general directions in everyday life. This includes giving advice about where to shop, see a movie and to do sports;and advertising your flat to Chinese students by describing the surroundings.
  • Talking about methods of transport and your preferences.
  • Name different sports and activities, know which verb to use with different activities, and introduce your hobbies to others.
  • Show your attitude towards something. Learn to show appreciation for other people’s clothes and appearance.

Level 4

Textbook: Discover China Student Book Two. In this textbook the use of pinyin is reduced and you will notice a change as you are encouraged to move away from relying on pinyin.

Units: 1-4

Topic covered in the course:

  • Talking about daily routines and writing a diary.
  • Talking about the weather, seasons and appropriate clothing.
  • Talking about Chinese New Year and customs.
  • Asking for and understanding detailed directions.

Level 5

Textbook: Discover China Student Book Two

Units: 5-8

Topics covered in the course:

  • Hotel accommodation, check-in and room facilities
  • Museums and rules in famous tourist attractions
  • Museums, history and cultural relics. Introducing a tourist attraction.
  • Eating out, food and drink, Chinese dishes
  • Differences between the Chinese and Western diet
  • Shopping for souvenirs, sending a package by post
  • Travel and shopping experiences in Chengdu

Advanced

This is for students who have passed HSK level 3 or completed all five levels of our Chinese Evening Courses.

Textbook: Discover China Student Book Two

Units: 9-12

Course levels and HSK exams

Note that the numbered courses do not correspond to levels for Chinese Proficiency Exams (HSK). Students working through levels 1-5 of our courses should be able to complete HSK levels 1-3, if they wish.

We hope that you will choose to take HSK exams to measure your progress but this is not a requirement. Your teacher will offer guidance and additional resources to anyone interested in working towards the test.

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