Chinese (Upper-Intermediate) - Part One

Key information

Start date: April 2022

Attendance dates:

April 2022: 27
May 2022: 04, 11, 18, 25
June 2022: 01, 08, 15

Time commitment: 1hr 30 min per week

Venue:

Distance learning

Contact details:

Overview

Our Chinese (Upper-Intermediate) - Part One 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. To complete Chinese (Upper-Intermediate) - Part One, you would normally 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:

  • Bicycles in China: "I came by bus"
  • Chinese compliments: "You speak Mandarin very fluently"
  • Chinese romantic relationships: "What are you doing?"
  • Modern Chinese vocabulary: "The computer I have just bought is both inexpensive and good"

Grammar

  • Ask for and give specific information about past action, the length of an accomplished action and the distance 怎么来的,打的去的,学了多长时间,A离B远吗
  • Words stating frequency of action 总是,通常,常常/经常,有时候,很少,从不
  • How to use the verb complement 得
  • Two concurrent activities 一边... 一边...
  • Current continuous activities(正)在
  • Indirect disagreement 
  • 'Both … and …’  又... 又... 

Topics include:

  • Warm-up lesson
  • Visiting the Great Wall (Yellow River)
  • Formal and informal styles in Chinese: "I am coming down right now"
  • Chinese hospitality: "Have you seen today’s newspaper?"

Grammar

  • Two consecutive actions in sequence 一... 就...
  • Imminent future action (快/就)要
  • Use of construction: 连... 都/也 and 要是... 的话
  • Immediately 马上
  • Most commonly used compound directional complements 走 + (上来/上去,下来/下去,进来/进去,出来/出去,回来/回去,过来/过去,起来)
  • Verb +(见、到、完、好、懂、对、错、住、清楚)
  • Potential complements and 能

Topics include:

  • Chinese food: "Sichuan food is too spicy, I can’t take it" and "I don’t feel like eating anything"
  • Measurements in China: "This pair of shoes are too small for me"
  • Modern Chinese clothes: "There is a Chinese painting on the wall in the lounge"

Grammar

  • How to use potential compliment verb + 得 + a resultative compliment
  • Conjunction words 虽然... 可是...
  • The difference between 合适 and 适合;老土 and 土气
  • Use 着 to indicate durative result of an action、也/都、
  • Measure words 双、只、杯、条、件、杯、碗、瓶、张、本、斤、台、个
  • Chinese word formation 中、国、山
  • Question words used in an indefinite sense, such as 什么、哪、哪儿、谁、怎么、几

Reading list

Chinese in Steps Student Book Vol. 2 (2nd edition), George X Zhang, Linda M Li and Lik Suen, ISBN: 978-1845700041.

Chinese in Steps Student Book Vol. 3 (2nd edition), George X Zhang, Linda M Li and Lik Suen, ISBN: 978-1907838125.

TermChapters
Autumn27 - 30 (Vol.2)
Winter

20 - 21 (Vol.2) and 22 (Vol.3)

Spring23 - 26 (Vol.3)

We do not recommend you buy the course books before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course books 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 books to purchase.

Timetable

Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Wednesday 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
    AutumnYou should have a good knowledge of Chinese or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have good knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn, winter and spring terms of our Chinese (Intermediate) course.
    WinterYou should have a good knowledge of Chinese or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have good knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our Chinese (Upper-Intermediate) - Part One course.
    SpringYou should have a good knowledge of Chinese or studied Chinese at or above GCSE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have good knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn and winter terms of our Chinese (Upper-Intermediate) - Part One 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. 

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