Chinese (mandarin) - improvers ONLINE course - (usual venue Abingdon Campus)

Course code: LPAR111P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:45pm - 9:00pm


21st Sep 2020 - 5th Jul 2021

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555 585

It is planned that this course will be running online, using Teams, for the Autumn Term. This may change, depending on Government guidelines.

The Improver course are for those who have completed the beginners courses with the college, or for those, who has pass HSK level 1 exam or consider themselves at this level.

The main topics are designed for those who wish to converse a little more in the language when visiting the country. By the end of this course you will be able to:

Talk about best season for traveling
Talk about your daily routine
Talk about your hobby and when did you started it
Talk about what is good or bad for your health.
Shopping and plan a birthday party
You will learn about 100 new vocabularies.

If you are to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from your language class, it will be useful to spend some time working between sessions. There will usually be a small amount of homework set each week .

The course will equip students with some knowledge on radicals for better understanding of the Chinese characters, with grammar structures for more fluent conversation and for writing simple texts on learned topics.

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 26/10/2020, 14/12/20, 21/12/2020, 28/12/2020, 04/01/2021, 11/01/2021, 15/02/2021, 05/04/2021, 12/04/2021, 03/05/2021, 31/05/2021

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) - Intermediate
Although this is a continuation course from Beginners, but it is open for all who consider themselves competent at this level. If you have had 1 year experience in the subject, you should be able to join the class to continue your learning.

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 which normally costs around £25 if you haven’t already purchased one from the beginners introduction 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: £250.80
Exam Fee: £0.00
Books: £25.00

Total Cost: £275.80

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Books: £25.00

Total Cost: £25.00

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.
You will practise all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with the emphasis on the spoken language. Learning activities will include individual, pair, small group and whole class work. You will listen to the spoken word, practise speaking, play games, read simple texts, perform role plays, watch film clips and write short phrases. This is a non-accredited course so there will be no formal examination. However, your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and will give you feedback.