Academic Year  (September / April)

40 hours class contact* over a 20-week period.

Maximum intake of 15 participants.

Textbook: HSK 1 Standard Course 1 - Beijing Language and Culture University Press (Click here for further information on the textbook)

This course is designed for adult learners with no previous knowledge of the language. There is no formal assessment for this course but participants will receive a certificate on successful completion of the course, including a minimum of 60% attendance record in both terms.

Course objectives:

The present course aims at:

  • Providing participants with the relevant speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in a variety of basic topics related to family, daily activities, city life, etc.
  • Introducing participants to the Chinese alphabet ,
  • Beginning to develop an awareness of Chinese culture,
  • Encouraging autonomous learning,
  • Developing personal learning strategies.

Teaching methodology:

Classes are interactive and based on oral communication.  Chinese will be used for teaching purposes as much as possible and activities will be varied giving intensive practice in all language skills with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Material used in class will be drawn from a variety of sources, including textbooks, CDs, DVDs, websites, etc. Homework is given every week. It reflects and the lesson content covered in class and prepares participants for the material to follow.

*Please note that an hour is an academic hour, i.e. 50 mins