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.
Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials.
- 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)
- 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
- Practise and revise Pinyin
- Social titles
- Family members
- Year, month, dates and days
- Ages and birthdays
- 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 ... )
- Making friends
- Asking the time and making appointments
- Date and weather
- At the restaurant
- Asking for direction
- At the hotel
- Time: 点、分、秒 (dian, fen, miao)
- Money units: 元、角、分 (yuan, jiao, fen)Directions: 东、南、西、北 (east, south, west, north)
Chinese in Steps Student Book Vol. 1 (2nd edition), George X Zhang, Linda M Li and Lik Suen, ISBN: 978-1907838101.
|Autumn||1 and 2|
|Winter||3 and 4/5|
|Spring||5 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.
Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Thursday evenings, with eight classes per term.
Approximately 12 students.
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.
All applicants should be aged 18 and over.
|Autumn||No prior knowledge is required.|
|Winter||You 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.|
|Spring||You 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 termPublic
£150 for one termCurrent Surrey degree student/staff
£270 for two termsPublic (10% discount)
£255 for two termsCurrent Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)
£382 for three termsPublic (15% discount)
£360 for three termsCurrent Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)
Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.
Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).
Terms and conditions
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