Chinese (Mandarin) - Beginners

Course code: LPXR112P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:30pm - 8:30pm


22nd Apr 2021 - 1st Jul 2021

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

Contact details

01235 555 585

This is a course for complete beginners. The main aim is to help you to begin to 'get by' in the language. The main emphasis will be on your speaking and listening including some relevant cultural information. You will learn the basic way of greeting in a courteous way, also saying farewell. You will also learn how to introduce yourself with information such as your name, nationality and profession. Although the writing of the characters is not the most emphasised element at this level we will go through the basic strokes and stroke order as well as do some simple writing practice. You will begin to learn about some grammatical concepts, but this will be kept to a minimum at this level.

By the end of the course you will be able to

• have familiarised yourself with pinyin and the tones.
• recognise about 10-20 Chinese characters
• Count from 0 to 100, describing the Chinese numeracy concept
• Greet others, self-introduction and get to know people
• Talk about your Nationality, profession and family
• Ask and tell the time
• Order simple snacks (food & drinks) and shopping
• Ask & follow directions
• Book accommodation

The course will equip you with some knowledge on radicals for better understanding of the Chinese characters. We will also introduce some culture/traditions alongside the Chinese festivals, and some common sayings and taboos.

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 08/04/2021, 15/04/2021 and 03/06/2021

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Chinese (Mandarin) - Improvers
There are no formal entry requirements. This course is for complete beginners.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2020 prior to starting the course

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2020 prior to starting the course.
You will need to purchase a text book (HSK 1 standard course book) which normally costs around £25 if you haven’t already purchased one from the beginners A course.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply. As the rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can also visit the Course Fees & Finance page by searching 'Fees and bursaries' at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £76.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £76.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning activities will mainly be organised in pair work/small groups. Homework every week will be based on a summary sheet of the lesson for you to review in your own time. There will be no formal examination. The focus is on being active and having fun and learning in a supported and supportive manner