Chinese (Beginners)

Key information

Start date: 13 January 2022

Attendance dates:

January 2022: 13, 20, 27
February 2022: 03, 10, 17, 24
March 2022: 03

Time commitment: 1hr 30 min per week

Venue:

Distance learning

Contact details:

Overview

Our Chinese (Beginners) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.

From October 2021 to June 2022 classes will be taught online via Zoom.

Classes are delivered over three terms and you can join at the beginning of each term:

  • Autumn term (October – December)
  • Winter term (January – March)
  • Spring term (April – June). 

The winter and spring terms are a continuation of the autumn term. Please note that If you are a complete beginner, you should not join mid-way through the year, but instead wait and join in the autumn term when the complete beginner courses start. To complete a full level, you need to attend all three consecutive terms.

Nevertheless, you can join the class at the beginning of any term. To ensure that you enrol on the right course if joining us in January or April, please check your language level with our tutors at one of our open evenings.

Course details

Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.

Topics include:

  • Pinyin (alphabet): initials, finals and tones
  • Introducing yourself
  • Simple greetings
  • Useful phrases
  • Asking and answering basic questions
  • Names: first name, surname
  • Numbers (0 to 99)

Grammar

  • Character writing: 笔画、偏旁 (stroke, radical)
  • Key verbs: 是、叫、姓  … (to be, to be called, surname)
  • Negation: 不 (no/not)
  • Articles: 呢、吗

Topics include:

  • Practise and revise Pinyin
  • Nationalities
  • Social titles
  • Family members
  • Professions
  • Year, month, dates and days
  • Ages and birthdays

Grammar

  • Some useful verbs: 做、写、看、喝上网 … (to do, write, look/see/watch/read, drink, online surfing …)
  • Question phrases: 什么、哪国、哪里、哪天、谁、几  ... (what, which, where, when, who, how many/much ... )

Topics include:

  • Making friends
  • Asking the time and making appointments
  • Date and weather
  • Shopping
  • At the restaurant
  • Asking for direction
  • At the hotel

Grammar

  • Time: 点、分、秒 (dian, fen, miao)
  • Money units: 元、角、分 (yuan, jiao, fen)Directions: 东、南、西、北 (east, south, west, north)

Reading list

Chinese in Steps Student Book Vol. 1 (2nd edition), George X Zhang, Linda M Li and Lik Suen, ISBN: 978-1907838101.

TermChapters
Autumn1 and 2
Winter3 and 4/5
Spring5 and extra materials

We do not recommend you buy the course book before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course book or you need to transfer to a different level. Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and will let you know which course book to purchase.

Timetable

Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Thursday evenings, with eight classes per term.

Class size

Approximately 12 students.

Certificates

At the end of each term, we will issue you with a certificate of attendance if you have been to a minimum of 75% of your classes.

    Entry requirements

    All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

    TermRequired experience
    AutumnNo prior knowledge is required.
    WinterYou should have a very basic knowledge of Chinese. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our Chinese (Beginners) course.
    SpringYou should have a very basic knowledge of Chinese. You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn and winter terms of our Chinese (Beginners) course.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:

    £150 for one term

    Public

    £150 for one term

    Current Surrey degree student/staff

    £270 for two terms

    Public (10% discount)

    £255 for two terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)

    £382 for three terms

    Public (15% discount)

    £360 for three terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)

    Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.

    Additional costs

    Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).

    How to apply

    Bookings are made via our online store. We advise early enrolment to secure a place.

    Apply now

    Terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the evening language classes privacy notice

    Disclaimer

    • This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.