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Mandarin, Arts and Culture Language Course

Mandarin, Arts and Culture Language Course

Evening Mandarin Chinese course at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn Mandarin and explore Chinese arts and culture. Classes start from beginner level.

Why choose this programme?


Your Mandarin 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 this Mandarin Chinese 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


Course Fees

The price per 8 week course is £215 and this includes all learning materials.

Time

Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm one evening a week.

Location

The weekly evening classes take place at UAL Language Centre, 272 High Holborn WC1V 7EY, which is just a 3 minute walk from Holborn underground station in central London.

Course dates


Mandarin, Arts and Culture courses for autumn term are now closed for booking. If you would like to find out when our next courses begin, please sign up for updates using our enquiry form.

Additional information


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Please contact us by emailing LAC@arts.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

Please read these before booking your course:

Languages, Arts and Culture Terms and Conditions 2018-19 (PDF 68KB)

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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 in Mandarin are built around an arts and culture context. You will learn Mandarin and explore a variety of cultural and arts topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.

Over the 8 weeks of the Mandarin Beginner Part One 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 oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

Week 1: Introduction to Languages, 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

Download a copy of the Mandarin Beginner Part 1 syllabus


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