Mandarin Language Courses

汉语课程

Based on SEAS´s already considerable expertise in teaching Chinese, the Confucius Institute offers evening and weekend courses, which are not-university-credited, therefore they are open to everyone.

All courses for adults follow the University semester dates and open on weekday evenings, 7-9pm. From beginners to advanced, these courses can be followed up for several semesters.

Taster Mandarin Sessions - 'Survival Chinese' 5-Evening Intensive Course

Survival ChineseSurvival Chinese is a 5-day evening course for learners with little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin, and is on offer three times a year (end of January, early June and end of September). It aims at introducing Chinese language and focuses on listening and speaking skills. It runs over a week, Monday to Friday, with 10 contact hours, covering the most basic communications in several interested topics. Course materials are “New Experience Chinese” that is developed by the SCI.

NOTE: “Survival Chinese” will be refunded if the same student continues to take 12-week Beginners Mandarin course. The refund will be processed after 3 weeks into a semester.

The next round of Survival Chinese will be on 18th - 22nd September 2017 at the Confucius Institute. Course enrollments open via the University Online Store (input "Survival" into the search box).

Private Mandarin Tuition

Specifically designed to meet personal learning objectives, Private Tuition, based on 1-1 or 1-2, is offered all year round. Prior to a private tuition, a meeting shall be held to assess the learner's Mandarin level, discussing specific needs and aims, and making decisions on learning resources and regular sessions. This meeting can take up to one hour and is free of charge.

The fee rate is £25/h, paid in advance for every 10 hourly-block, i.e. £250. One could choose 1h/w, or two of 1h/w, or 2h/w. The tuition normally takes place at the CI office.

Registration is open via the University Online Store all year round (input "Mandarin" in the search box)

12-week "Chinese for Everyone" Mandarin language courses

Chinese language class

Mandarin Chinese: aims to provide a solid foundation in all four language skills. Textbooks is “Chinese in Steps”, vol 1-4. Each Level below can be linked with Chinese Proficiency test- HSK.
Beginners I: Chinese in Steps Vol1, 1st half;
Beginners II: Chinese in Steps Vol1, 2nd half;
Upper Beginners I: Chinese in Steps Vol2, 1st half;
Upper Beginners II: Chinese in Steps Vol2, 2nd half;
Intermediate I: Chinese in Steps Vol3, 1st half;
Intermediate II: Chinese in Steps Vol3, 2nd half;
Upper Intermediate I: Chinese in Steps Vol4, 1st half;
Upper Intermediate II: Chinese in Steps, Vol4, 2nd half

Beginners Mandarin I and II :

Provides complete beginners with a solid foundation in all four language skills. It introduces basic knowledge of Chinese, basic grammar, essential vocabulary, as well as Chinese characters, acquiring practical communicative skills on daily topics.
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to recognise ~200 Chinese characters, read simple short texts in Chinese, and be able to take HSK Level 1.
The course book is "Chinese in Steps, vol 1" and runs over two semesters, with 24 contact hours each term.

Upper Beginners Mandarin I and II:

The course is a continuation from Beginners Mandarin and uses "Chinese in Steps, vol 2" textbook. It aims to provide Mandarin Beginners with a solid foundation in all four language skills. Students will be introduced to about 400 commonly used Chinese characters and about 700 words. The course also includes instruction on the use of a Chinese dictionary and on basic word processing in Chinese.

Entry for Upper Beginners - For those who have mastered around 200-300 Chinese characters who wish to progress their knowledge of Chinese grammar.

By the end of the course, students are expected to read simple texts in Chinese, communicate within a limited range of daily life situations and be able to take HSK Level 2.

Intermediate Mandarin I and II:

Intermediate - For those with more formal experience and knowledge of around 600 Chinese characters. Designed to further develop the four key language skills in Chinese for Mandarin Beginners, the course starts to use "Chinese in Steps, vol 3" textbook. Students will be introduced to a further 400 characters and about 700 words. The course is still very much practice-based, with communicative activities, structure practice, grammar, reading and writing.
By the end of the course, students should be able to complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. They should be able to handle most communication tasks encountered in China. HSK Level 3 is suggested for students to take.

Upper Intermediate Mandarin I and II:

Upper Intermediate - Assumes familiarity with the major grammar structures of Chinese and knowledge of at least 800 Chinese characters. The course is designed for students who have completed "Chinese in Steps, vol 3" or equivalent, and will start to use "Chinese in Steps, vol 4". Students will be introduced to a further 400 characters and about 700 words.
By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate freely in daily life situations, to describe some events and to express their own ideas and views while engaged in discussion in a limited range of topics. HSK Level 4 is suggested for students to take.

Advanced Mandarin:

Advanced - for those who have already achieved a good working level of Chinese. Assumes ability to cope with newspapers and other real texts. The course aims for a continued focus on developing the practical listening, spoken and reading skills, and gradually moving on to use the Chinese language to express one’s ideas and viewpoints with a wider range of vocabulary on various topics. Students will develop the skills to gather information from authentic sources in Chinese and develop their own vocabulary depending on their interests.
The course may use "Access China", materials from newspaper and magazines, and possible Chinese classics. Chinese will be mainly used as the language of instruction in class. The course will be discussion based. Social and cultural elements will be increased aspects of the course.
By the end of the course, the participants should be able to engage in discussions of non-specialist current topics.

Business Chinese I and II:

Suitable for complete beginners. This course allows participants to acquire a solid basic knowledge of Chinese language used in common social and business situations. Lessons cover all aspects of the language but focus on speaking and listening skills. The course also includes relevant information on etiquette and cultural background of business in China.  The course book is "Mastering Chinese", published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Spoken Chinese I and II:

Focused on speaking and listening skills, the course aims to provide absolute beginners with a basic knowledge of Chinese and focuses on the acquisition of practical communicative skills. It covers basic grammar and essential vocabulary, allowing participants to communicate in Chinese on a limited range of daily topics.
The course book is "Short-term Spoken Chinese", Threshold, vol 1, published by BLCU.

Courses for adults follow the University semester time. The next round of courses will start from Monday 25th September 2017. 

For more information, contact:

email : confucius@sheffield.ac.uk