Mandarin, Arts and Culture

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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 2DatesPriceBooking 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


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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.

Course details: 

Week no.Session topicLanguage contentArts and culture content*
1Introduction to Languages, Arts and Culture

Review Chinese Pinyin

Review nationalities, occupation and family members

20 most important radicals

Chinese Verbs

Talking about the Chinese Zodiac

2Cuisine 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

3Art and Politics

Talking about interests and hobbies

The Modal Verb “会”

About Verb-Object(VO)

The story of Chinese Characters

Chinese traditional art

Chinese character and politics

4Urban Spaces

Identifying locations and places

Asking for directions in the city

Questions with interrogative pronoun 哪里

Radicals and Chinese characters

Major cities in China

5Movement 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

7Fashion and Society

Learning how to express the size and colour of clothes

Measurement words in Chinese

Particle “了”

Chinese fashion through the dynasties

8Design 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.