Chinese (Upper-Intermediate) - Part One

Key information

Start date:

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

Start date:

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

Start date:

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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.

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.

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.

    Term Chapters
    Autumn 27 - 30 (Vol.2)
    Winter

    20 - 21 (Vol.2) and 22 (Vol.3)

    Spring 23 - 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

    To be confirmed.

    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.

    Facilities and software

    You will get access to our library including our language study area, home to language software, satellite TV, a large foreign film collection and books, CDs and DVDs.

    If you are one of the first 100 people that sign up to two terms of our evening language classes, you will receive a free code for uTalk, the language-learning app. With this, you will be able to access resources for a language of your choice. If you are eligible, you will receive a unique code from us by email.

      Entry requirements

      All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

      Term Required experience
      Autumn You 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.
      Winter You 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.
      Spring You 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 not currently open for this class.

      Register your interest

      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 University's prospective student privacy notice.

      • The course is open to adult learners over 18 years of age.
      • Payment of fees in full is required before attending the course.
      • Discounts are only applied if you book two or three terms for the same class in advance.
      • Your email address will be our primary point of contact during your course and important information will be sent to the email address you provided on your booking form.
      • Refunds cannot be given for classes you are not able to attend (e.g. due to illness or changes in your work or personal circumstances).
      • The availability of classes is subject to demand. If a course has to be cancelled before the start of classes due to low numbers or circumstances beyond our control, you will receive an offer to an alternative course or a full refund.
      • If a class has to be cancelled during the term due to unforeseen circumstances, we will endeavour to reschedule it (where possible). Please note, this might not be at the time of your usual class.
      • If part of a course has to be cancelled you will receive a proportionate refund.
      • There will be no refund if part of a course has to be cancelled for reasons outside our control (such as a fire alert).

      Cancellation policy

      You will have 14 days, starting with the day after your booking has been received, during which you may cancel and withdraw without any liability or cancellation costs whatsoever. You will be refunded for any costs already paid unless classes have started, in which case you will receive a pro-rata refund (whether you have attended classes or not). To do so, please email eveninglanguagecourses@surrey.ac.uk.

      Outside of this cooling off period, the following applies:

      If you enrol for the autumn term for one, two or three terms

      Cancellations received by 1 September 2019 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      If you enrol for the winter term for one or two terms

      Cancellations received by 8 December 2019 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      If you enrol for the spring term

      Cancellations received by 15 March 2020 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      Revised cancellation policy for spring term (April 2020 – June 2020)

      You will only be able to join a class once you have paid for the course. However, if you find that online learning is not for you after the first three weeks of teaching (from Monday 27 April 2020 to Thursday 14 May 2020)  you will receive a full refund for the Spring Term (April – June 2020) if you let us know no later than Friday 15 May 2020 by email eveninglanguagecourses@surrey.ac.uk.  

      Please note that there will be no refunds from Monday 18 May 2020 onwards (week 4), including for technical problems such as broadband/connection.

      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.