Chinese Language
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Chinese Language Course Levels & Course Content

Mandarin, the national language of China, is the most widely spoken language in the world.There are over one billion people who speak Chinese as their native or second language and there is increasing demand for Chinese speakers in the western world.

Our courses are designed to get you started with a strong foundation in Standard Chinese, allowing you to improve and move on to more advanced levels

Our course designed to provide typical themes, vocabulary fields, grammar, cultural content and skills for the language and the level. The Outlines are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers always plan their lessons with the specific abilities, aims and interests of the students in their classes in mind.

You can learn Chinese in a group or individually. You can study general communication skills, business Chinese or prepare for an international language proficiency test. We provide customised language training for multinational corporations and local companies.

Beginner Course

It aims to provide complete beginners of Chinese with a solid foundation in all four key skills. It introduces basic grammar and essential vocabulary as well as Chinese characters. Participants of the course will have opportunities to practise communicating in Chinese on daily topics. By the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to recognise a limited number of Chinese characters and read simple short texts in Chinese. This beginning course introduces modern and standard texts in Chinese including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students use in-class exercises to practice functional everyday dialogues. This level corresponds to HSK level 1- A1

This course consists of 4 levels

Elementary Course

This is an intensive, skill-based, elementary-level course of the Chinese language. The course focuses on the acquisition of correct pronunciation and improving skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Speaking skill is the priority objective, which leads the acquirement of other skills of the language. The goal of the course is to lay a solid foundation for students’ further learning of the language. Students will familiarize themselves with the basic syntactic structures of Mandarin Chinese; Students will develop proficiency of listening, speaking, reading in Chinese, with an emphasis on conversational skills in different practical situations. This Level corresponds to HSK level 2 –A2

This course consists of 4 levels

Intermediate Course

This course aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary, writing system (characters) and grammar structures of the Mandarin Chinese language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of Mandarin Chinese language.

Students will learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend their range of expression in this highly communicative course. You will build on and advance your listening, speaking skills as well as reading and writing skills using Chinese characters. This course will enable you to communicate with more variation and fluency, so you feel confident in most everyday situations with Chinese Mandarin speakers. It will also broaden your understanding of the Chinese culture and way of life.

At this level, students easily understand any conversation in Chinese. They compose short sentences and write simple feature writings in Mandarin. This course corresponds to HSK levels 3 – B1

This course consists of 4 levels

Advance Course

The course will cover a wide range of materials, in terms of vocabulary, grammar, listening and writing skills. Students will learn to read and write Chinese texts with minimal help and will learn to translate texts (English to Chinese and Chinese to English) without the aid of pinyin. This advanced course will enable students to be proficient in Chinese for proficiency certificate ,travel and business. Additionally, the course will integrate Chinese culture into language learning to enhance the understanding of cultural influence on the language. Builds upon students’ grammatical foundation and facilitate language use, with increased emphasis on pronunciation, correct syntax, and verbal expression and develops an advanced level of proficiency in reading and writing formal Chinese. This course corresponds to HSK 5 – B2

This course consists of 4 levels

HSK 5 (C1) & HSK 6(C1) are the mastery levels

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Course Levels

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi , i.e. Chinese proficiency certificate) is the standardized exam to assess Chinese language proficiency of non-native Chinese speakers. A1/A2, B1/B2 and C1/C2, a total of six levels, based on the skill system of European languages. TheHSK test is aimed at non-Chinese candidates in their knowledge of Chinese in their daily life, study and work.

HSK level 1:For students, who have studied some knowledge in Chinese words or no knowledge HSK (Level 1) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level One and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) A1 – Beginner Level

HSK level 2: for students who have studied for 80 hours have a vocabulary of around 300 basic Chinese words and related grammar points. HSK (Level 2) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level Two and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) A2. Candidates who pass HSK (Level 2) can communicate about daily topics in Chinese and reach a level of elementary Chinese- Elementary Level

HSK level 3: for students who have studied between 120-160 hours who have acquired around 600 basic Chinese words and related vocabulary points. HSK (Level 3) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level Three and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) B1. Candidates passing HSK (Level 3) can use basic Chinese in daily life, at study and work as well as traveling around China- Intermediate Level

HSK level 4:for students who have studied Chinese for ayear, and achieved 1200 words and related grammar points. HSK (Level 4) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level Four and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) B2. Candidates passing HSK (Level 4) can use Chinese dealing with a wide range of topics and communicate with native speakers quite fluently – Advanced Level

HSK level 5:for students who have studied Chinese for more than 2 years, who have a vocabulary of 2500 basic Chinese words and related grammar points. HSK (Level 5) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level Five and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) C1. Candidates passing HSK (Level 5) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and Chinese programmes as well as make a presentation or speech in Chinese.-Proficiency Level 1

HSK Level 6 : for students who have at least 5000 basic Chinese words and related grammar. HSK (Level 6) is equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages Level six and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) C2. Candidates passing HSK (Level 6) can easily understand information in Chinese, express their own ideas freely in Chinese both orally and in writing.-Proficiency level 2

Our Methods

Our innovative teaching method, specially adapted for students, separates spoken Mandarin and character recognition, which has been proven to advance the pace of your language learning. We teach Chinese in small groups allowing our teachers to focus on each student individually.

Our programmes offer flexibility, personalised programmes and effective learning support. We offer a variety of training formats for our French courses ranging from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, flexible French programmes. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your assessment.

There is guided practice in language usage and use, and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

French Language has developed a method and a level of progression as well as tailored activities so that each student can reach their set objectives according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

In practice we utilize interactive teaching methods and activities to motivate students to learn and communicate in Mandarin Chinese. We believe that language development happens through social interaction and guided assistance, so that teacher and students have to work together to co-construct meaning in context. We often use visual aids, such as software tools or videos and make students feel that learning Mandarin is interesting. We also make a lot of effort to interact with my students throughout the learning process, e.g. to design conversation on various topics of daily life and the rotation of the roles of reading, composition writing, feedback and so on. One of most important principles of our teaching philosophy is to cultivate our students' communicative abilities and to teach them to use the Chinese language in real life.

Schedule

Depending on your availability , your lessons will take place in the morning, in the afternoon during weekdays or weekends

  • Standard Course
09:00 – 12:30 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays
7:00 – 09:30 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays
02:30 - 5:00 p.m Fridays
10 :00 – 12:30 p.m. Saturdays
  • Intensive Course (Semi Private Groups and Private Class)

Classes will be arranged as required

  • Holiday Course

Classes will be scheduled during every winter/summer holidays depending on breaks