Chinese Language and Culture Learning

Our Chinese Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Language Courses.
The outlines are designed to provide students with a good idea of what they might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar, and vocabulary fields.
Being flexible rather than prescriptive, during the learning process, our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes.
Use the tabs below to view the relevant Chinese Mandarin course outline for your level.

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Chinese Language | Beginner A

On completion of Beginner A, students will be able to:
1. Intro to Pinyin-Chinese phonetics system, learn and practice Chinese phonetics (pinyin) with focus on the four tones (ā á ǎ à).
2. Greetings in normal and polite ways
3. Introduce self, introduce others including their names, nationality and occupation;
4. Talking about oneself
5. Likes & dislikes
6. Taking a taxi
7. Asking about directions
8. Expressing time, days and counting numbers from 0-100
9. Shopping, asking about prices, sizes and colors
10. Buying tickets for travel; start with “qing wen 请问”
11.Talking about jobs, company and business etiquette.
12. Asking for help

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Chinese Language | Beginner B

On completion of Beginner B, students will be able to:

1. Talking about day, date, month and year.

2. Ordering drinks in a pub or restaurant

3. Asking where somebody is from (country and city) and make an invitation

4. Describing one’s own things (a bag, a mobile phone, etc.) and talk about plans in future

5. Asking for information about public transport (bus, tube, train.)

6. Ordering food in a restaurant (from entering a restaurant to paying the bill) and talk about date and celebration of festivals

7. Arranging an appointment with somebody (time and location) and read time and talk about activities using time

8. Making enquiries when shopping (size, color of clothes, looking for fitting room) and talk about stuffs using measure words

9. Communicating with Chinese people at the dinner table (propose a toast, give compliments, etc.)

Students will focus on building the connection between pronunciation and meaning, thus to develop abilities to recognize characters.

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Chinese Language | Beginner C

On completion of Beginner C, students will be able to:

1. Review & practice previous level vocabulary (e.g. through dialogue creation)

2. Ask someone for help (talk to customer service)

3. Learn how to book a room in a hotel and other related hotel language

4. Learn to describe physical uncomfortableness and illness; how to talk to a doctor; learn about adjectives to describe things

5. Conversation in a post office; ask for location and give directions

6. Pay compliments, praise somebody else; make comparison between two things

7. Make an apology in different situations (being late, forget things, unable to finish a task..); talk about transportation

8. Express gratitude formally and informally in different situations

9. Pay a compliment and ask for compensation.

10. Arrange an appointment formally and informally.


Students will focus on building the connection between pronunciation and meaning, thus to develop abilities to recognize characters. They will also try to practice writing key Chinese characters in the text.

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Chinese Language | Beginner D

On completion of Beginner D, students will be able to:

1. Talking about one’s capability, writing simple sentences in CV

2. Refuse an invitation and express regrets and use model verbs correctly

Agree or disagree, give others permission 

3. Make a telephone call and leave a message for somebody and make an appointment by phone call

4. Make a request for a refund or an exchange in a shop 

5. Make an excuse to leave earlier in different situations

6. Bargains in shopping and make comparison

7. Ask for services in a bank (exchange money, transfer money.)

8. Saying goodbye in different situations

Students will try to read texts without pinyin, and the ability to recognize Chinese characters is largely improved.

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Chinese Language | Beginner E

On completion of Beginner E, students will be able to:

1. Talking about one’s life in a new place.

2.Invite somebody to do something and arrange an appointment;talk and give feedback to an activity

3. Describe somebody, something or an event; use authentic way to give comment of actions

4. Stop somebody doing something and give permission to somebody to do something

Remind people to do something; use authentic way to indicate the quickness and lateness of actions

5. Request someone to hurry up politely

6. Express satisfaction and make a complaint about a bad service.

7. Give your opinion or suggestion to someone

8. Ask directions and give directions

9. Give reasons or explain people’s questions

Students will try to read texts without pinyin and the ability of recognize Chinese characters are largely improved. They begin to write their own sentences in Chinese characters. They begin to practice complex grammar systematically.