Mandarin, Arts and Culture Language Course
Evening Mandarin Chinese courses at UAL Language Centre in London. Learn Mandarin and explore Chinese arts and culture. Classes start from beginner level.
Why choose Mandarin, Arts and Culture?
Your Mandarin Chinese course at UAL Language Centre will expose you to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional uses. The classes also focus on speaking, pronunciation, reading and written communication.
Over the 8 weeks of the Mandarin, Arts and Culture course you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, whilst learning how to communicate in Mandarin Chinese.
Fees, location and time
The 8-week course fee is £198. This includes all learning materials.
The weekly evening classes take place at UAL Language Centre, 272 High Holborn WC1V 7EY, which is just a 3-5 minute walk from Holborn or Chancery Lane underground stations in central London.
Mandarin, Arts and Culture Beginner Part 1
Start date: Thursday 17 October 2019
End date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Class times are 6pm to 8pm, 1 evening a week.
Our classes all start at beginner level, and we also offer other levels at different times during the year for some courses.
After studying Beginner Part 1 for 8 weeks, students could progress to Beginner Part 2 which lasts for 8 weeks, then can take Beginner Part 3 for another 8 weeks. The next level after Beginner is Elementary, followed by Pre-intermediate, then Intermediate or above.
If you are not sure what your level is, please read the CEFR Level Descriptors for Languages (PDF 81KB)
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Please contact us by emailing LAC@arts.ac.uk.
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About our Languages, Arts and Culture courses
Syllabus and course details
The Arts and Culture content includes some of the topics you might cover. They may differ according to student needs and interests.
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 1 course, you will:
- be introduced 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 speaking and pronunciation skills as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.
Week 1: Introduction to Mandarin, Arts and Culture
Language Content: Greetings; talking about names; introduction to pinyin and tones; introduction to the Chinese writing system; numbers 0-10; exchanging contact details (phone and email)
Arts and Culture Content: Contemporary artists
Week 2: Cuisine and Culture
Language Content: Numbers 11-99; food and drink Items; ordering in a café or a restaurant; phrases for daily use; pinyin- initials and finals
Arts and Culture Content: Regional cuisines
Week 3: Art and Politics
Language Content: Talking about your background (nationality, where you live); yes/no questions; use of ‘ma’; exchanging personal details; Chinese characters - recognition
Arts and Culture Content: Controversial artists
Week 4: Urban Spaces
Language Content: Talking about jobs; where you study/work; meeting people and presenting yourself; use of question words - what, where, etc; Chinese characters - strokes and stroke order
Arts and Culture Content: From university to work; exchanging business cards
Week 5: Movement and Time
Language Content: Months, days, weekdays and birthdays; talking about family members; typing Chinese characters; write an email to a penfriend
Arts and Culture Content: One child policy; migrant workers
Week 6: Modernism
Language Content: Numbers 100-9999; describing a city; talking about your travel plans; constructing sentences; writing a postcard
Arts and Culture Content: Landscapes - old and new; urbanisation in China; travel advice
Week 7: Fashion and Society
Language Content: Colours and clothing; shopping for clothes; use of measuring words
Arts and Culture Content: Gifts and souvenirs; bargaining; fashion and brands
Week 8: Design and Architecture
Language Content: Talking about your favourites, e.g. food, artist, city, etc; public spaces and signs
Arts and Culture Content: Modern structures; experiencing Chinese calligraphy
Not sure of your level? Take our self-assessment questionnaire to find out if Beginner Part 1 is the right level for you.
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