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
From Term 1 (autumn 2019), the price of the 8 week course will be £198. This includes all learning materials.
Courses will begin week commencing 14 October 2019 and finish week ending 6 December 2019.
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From Term 1 (autumn 2019) classes will be from 6pm to 8pm 1 evening a week.
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.
Our classes all start at beginner level, and we also offer other levels at different times during the year.
After studying Beginner Part 1 for 8 weeks, students would 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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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 2 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 speaking and pronunciation skills as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.
Week 1: Introduction to Languages, Arts and Culture
Language Content: Review Chinese Pinyin; Review nationalities, occupation and family members; 20 most important radicals; Chinese verbs
Arts and Culture Content: Talking about the Chinese Zodiac
Week 2: Cuisine and Culture
Language Content: Learning how to order food; Make requests and pay the bill in the restaurant; Use stative verbs; Talk about Chinese dishes
Arts and Culture Content: Chinese meal etiquette
Week 3: Art and Politics
Language Content: Talking about interests and hobbies; The modal verb “会”; about verb-object(VO); The story of Chinese characters
Arts and Culture Content: Chinese traditional art; Chinese character and politics
Week 4: Urban Spaces
Language Content: Identifying locations and places; Asking for directions in the city; Questions with interrogative pronoun 哪里; Radicals and Chinese characters
Arts and Culture Content: Major cities in China
Week 5: Movement and Time
Language Content: Identifying different types of transport; Review months and dates; Daily activities on a weekly planner; Using the particle 吧
Arts and Culture Content: Transport in China
Week 6: Modernism
Language Content: Writing a personal profile in social media; Learning how to describe yourself; WeChat and China; Adjectives in Chinese
Arts and Culture Content: The most amazing modern architecture in China
Week 7: Fashion and Society
Language Content: Learning how to express the size and colour of clothes; Measure words in Chinese; Particle “了”
Arts and Culture Content: Chinese fashion through the dynasties
Week 8: Design and Architecture
Language Content: Identifying different types of sports and activities; A lifestyle questionnaire; Talking about past actions with 过
Arts and Culture Content: Chinese interior design and Feng Shui
Not sure of your level? Take our self-assessment questionnaire to find out if Beginner Part 2 is the right level for you.
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