Mandarin, Arts and Culture
Evening language course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Mandarin and explore Chinese arts and culture.
During this 8 week course you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and reading, and on written communication.
Over the course of the programme, you will 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 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 1 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 dates and fees
|Term 1||Dates||Price||Booking and availability|
|Mandarin Beginner Part One|
Tuesday 17 October 2017
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Tuesday 31 October 2017
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Please note, this course is now fully booked.
We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.
Please sign up for more updates.
Mandarin Beginner Part One course details
Mandarin Beginner Part One 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.
Over the 8 weeks of the Mandarin Beginner Part One course, you will:
- get an introduction to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics
- learn functional language such as ordering food and exchanging personal details
- learn vocabulary related to food, the arts, the city, travelling, professions, leisure and your home
- work on your interactional, listening and speaking skills
- learn about regional Chinese cuisine, contemporary artists, Chinese cultural and society
- learn to recognise familiar words and phrases concerning you, your family, your immediate surroundings, and the topics outlined above
- look at Pinyin to help you recognise writing as well as practise writing the characters yourself in the form of blogs, postcards and business cards
- experience the art of Chinese calligraphy using traditional brushes, ink and rice paper.
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 Language, Arts and Culture|
Talking about names
Introduction to the Chinese writing system
Exchanging contact details (phone and email)
|2||Cuisine and Culture|
Food / Drink Items
Ordering in a café or a restaurant
Phrases for daily use
Pinyin: initials and finals
|3||Art and Politics|
Talking about your background (nationality, where you live)
Y/N questions: use of 'ma'
Exchanging personal details
Talking about jobs
Where you study/work
Use of question words: what, where, etc.
Chinese characters: strokes and stroke order
From university to work
Exchanging business cards
|5||Movement and Time|
Months, days, weekdays and birthdays
Typing Chinese characters
Write an email to a penfriend
One child policy
Describing a city
Write a postcard
Landscapes: old and new
Urbanisation in China
|7||Fashion and Society|
Colours and clothing
Shopping for clothes
Use of measure words
Gifts and souvenirs
|8||Design and Architecture|
Talking about your favourites, e.g. food, artist, city, etc.
Public spaces and signs
Experiencing Chinese calligraphy
*Note: These are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests.