Chinese Evening Courses

About these courses

Our Mandarin courses are aimed at adults interested in learning a new language in their spare time. Classes cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a focus on communicative language skills.

Evening courses run three times throughout the year. Term 3 begins on 9 June 2020 and is now open for registration via the University of Leeds online store.

About these courses

Next course

Our summer course will be delivered entirely online using Blackboard Collaborate. Our priority is making Mandarin accessible to all and we always keep our prices low, but in these uncertain times we are offering a 50% reduction in course fees to encourage even more people to give it a go. For just £50 (this doesn’t include your textbook) you can enjoy twice-weekly Mandarin lessons for four weeks. This is a great way to build some momentum whether you are just starting out or brushing up on existing skills.

Dates: 9 June – 2 July 2020 (4 weeks)

Day and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Venue: University of Leeds

Cost: £50 (you will need to buy your own textbook)

Textbook: We use Discover China Student Book 1 (levels 1-3) and Student Book 2 (levels 4-5). These are available from Blackwell’s Bookstore, located opposite the University (and online). They always price-match to Amazon so it is worth contacting them to discuss your needs. Call them on 0113 2432446 or email leeds@blackwell.co.uk.

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

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

How to register: Sign up via the University of Leeds online store.

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, 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

Students who have passed HSK level 3 or completed our Level 5 course can move on to our Advanced Class.

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.