Chinese Evening Courses

Our Mandarin courses are aimed at students who wish to learn a new language in their spare time. Classes cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a focus on communicative language skills.

Although it is not a requirement, we hope that you will choose to take the HSK exam to measure your progress. Your teacher will offer guidance and additional resources to anyone interested in working towards the test.

Evening courses run three times throughout the year. On this page you can view the schedule for the 2017-18 academic year and find out how to book a place on the next course.

Now open for registration

Dates: October 3 2017 – November 21 2017 (8 weeks)
Day and time: Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Leeds University Business School
Cost: £80 (you will need to buy your own textbook)

Levels available: 1-5 (see below for further details)

Class size: Minimum 5, maximum 15
How to register: Sign up via the University of Leeds online store

Now open for registration

Upcoming courses

Term 2

January 30 2018 – March 20 2018 (8 weeks)
Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sign up via the University of Leeds online store from January 2018

Term 3

June 5 2018 – June 28 2018 (4 weeks)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sign up via the University of Leeds online store from January 2018

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Which level is right for me?

Click on each level to view the resources used and content covered. If you are in Leeds, you may find it useful to visit Blackwell’s bookstore to browse through the textbooks yourself. 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, after discussion with your teacher.

Level 1

Textbook: Discover China Book One – view contents pages (downloads a pdf file)

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 Book One – view contents pages (downloads a pdf file)

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 Book One – view contents pages (downloads a pdf file)

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 Book Two – view contents pages (downloads a pdf file)

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 Book Two – view contents pages (downloads a pdf file)

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

Level 6

Textbook: Discover China Book Two – view contents pages (downloads a pdf file)

Units: 9-12

Pay via the University of Leeds online store to book your place on the next course.

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Buy Discover China textbooks at Blackwell's Bookstore, located opposite the University (and online). They always price-match to Amazon!
Phone: 0113 2432446
Email: leeds@blackwell.co.uk

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