Beginners Chinese (Mandarin) Term 2&3
An Introduction to Elementary Mandarin Chinese
Duration: One year of three twelve-week terms
Mode of Attendance: Part Time
Part of the range of Chinese language learning courses and activities at SOAS Language Centre in London.
The course is designed to provide an introduction at a reasonable pace over three terms (each term consists of 12 weeks) in basic Chinese with the emphasis on developing practical listening, speaking and reading skills.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to communicate within a limited range of daily life situations. They will be introduced to 430 commonly used Chinese characters and about 700 words in the simplified form in 36 weeks. The course also includes instruction on the use of a Chinese dictionary and on basic word processing in Chinese.
The course uses "Chinese in Steps", a series of textbooks developed within SOAS Language Centre. The course is initially taught in English with a gradual increase in the use of Chinese as the language of instruction in class. The focus of the course is on listening and speaking, with a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, reading and some writing skills. Homework is set each week and there will be regular informal assessments and a progress test at the end of each of the three terms. Course participants are expected to spend a similar amount of class time outside the class on preparation, homework and revision. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.
Not a total beginner? Please see our page on course assessments.
Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross campus of SOAS on one evening a week from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 36 weeks, divided into three 12-week terms (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session).
Language Centre How To Apply
You can view our short course timetables here.
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 35kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
Not a complete beginner?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.
To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.
Course Fees and Discounted Rates
An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.
If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 35kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.
If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.