Mandarin, Arts and Culture
Evening Mandarin course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn Mandarin and explore Chinese arts and culture.
During this 8 week Mandarin course you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The Mandarin classes also focus on speaking, pronunciation and reading, and on written communication.
Over the course of the programme, you will learn Mandarin and explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, whilst improving your ability to communicate confidently in the language.
The weekly Mandarin classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn underground station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm one evening a week.
The course includes a termly cultural experience in collaboration with the UAL Social Programme, which is built into your language development.
See the course details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the course.
Mandarin course dates and fees
Term Two Mandarin Beginner Part Two - Continuation (January - March 2018)
Please note: Mandarin Beginner Part Two is ideal for students who have completed Mandarin Beginner Part One (false beginners) or students who have a little prior knowledge of Mandarin. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Mandarin Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.
|Term 2||Dates||Price||Booking and availability|
|Beginner Part Two|
Tuesday 30 January 2018
Tuesday 6 February 2018
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Tuesday 6 March 2018
Tuesday 13 March 2018
Tuesday 20 March 2018
Mandarin Beginner Part Two course details
Mandarin Beginner Part Two overview and outcomes
Our evening language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.
Mandarin Beginner Part Two is ideal for students who have already taken our Mandarin Beginner Part One course (false beginners) or students with a little prior knowledge of Mandarin. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Mandarin Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.
Over the 8 weeks of the Mandarin Beginner Part Two course, you will:
- review Chinese Pinyin, radicals and verbs and vocabulary related to nationalities, occupation and family
- learn functional language in a restaurant context and asking for directions
- learn about specific elements of Chinese arts and culture such as food etiquette, modern architecture, interior design and fashion through the dynasties.
- Learn stative and modal verbs, interrogative pronouns, 吧 and了 particles and past actions.
- Learn to write a personal profile on social media using descriptive language
- Learn vocabulary related to lifestyle, daily activities, the city and clothing
- be introduced to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics
- work on your interactional, listening and speaking skills
- learn about the history of Chinese characters
There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.
You will be able to take part in Social Programme events, which we will announce on a termly basis in line with your syllabus and chosen language of study.
|Week no.||Session topic||Language content||Arts and culture content*|
|1||Introduction to Languages, Arts and Culture|
Review Chinese Pinyin
Review nationalities, occupation and family members
20 most important radicals
Talking about the Chinese Zodiac
|2||Cuisine and Culture|
Learning how to order food
Make request and pay the bill in the restaurant
Use stative verbs
Talk about Chinese dishes
Chinese meal etiquette
|3||Art and Politics|
Talking about interests and hobbies
The Modal Verb “会”
The story of Chinese Characters
Chinese traditional art
Chinese character and politics
Identifying locations and places
Asking for directions in the city
Questions with interrogative pronoun 哪里
Radicals and Chinese characters
Major cities in China
|5||Movement and Time|
Identifying different types of transport
Review months and dates
Daily activities on a weekly planner
Using the particle 吧
Transportation in China
Writing a personal profile in social media
Learning how to describe yourself
WeChat and China
Adjectives in Chinese
Most amazing modern architecture in China
|7||Fashion and Society|
Learning how to express the size and colour of clothes
Measurement words in Chinese
Chinese fashion through the dynasties
|8||Design and Architecture|
Identifying different types of sports and activities
A lifestyle questionnaire
Talking about past actions with过
Chinese interior design and Feng Shui
*Note: These are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests.