School of Modern Languages

Elementary Chinese

Elementary Chinese

Elementary Chinese 1

This is a course for complete beginners. The aim is to help participants learn some basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and practice daily dialogues.

The teaching approach of this course is interactive and mainly focused on building students’ listening and speaking skills. It also expands the ability of reading and writing Chinese characters.

It will also provide some knowledge of Chinese culture.

Learning outcomes

Practical skills

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic Chinese your instructors use in class
  • conduct simple conversations in Chinese
  • greet people and introduce yourself and family members
  • talk about your nationality, occupation and work
  • learn the numbers and count the amount of something
  • ask and answer simple questions about yourself and others where necessary, using a mix of Chinese and English

Ultimately, you'll feel comfortable using basic Chinese vocabulary.

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will understand:

  • Chinese phonetics, tones and rhythms
  • how to read basic Pinyin
  • some basic simplified Chinese characters
  • Chinese word order

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquette, value systems and identities, and some current affairs.

How to register

Complete the Evening Courses Registration Form (PDF: 94KB) and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office, or book and pay online through the Newcastle University webstore.

Elementary Chinese 2

The course is designed for those who have completed the Elementary Chinese Level 1 or who have basic knowledge of the Chinese language.

The primary aim of this course is to provide a better understanding of, and familiarity with, basic Chinese language and culture.

You will be exposed to more simplified characters and sentence structures that are used in every day conversation.

Learning outcomes

Practical skills

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • conduct conversations in Chinese on a range of topics
  • talk about locations and addresses
  • ask and talk about the time and someone’s daily routine
  • ask and talk about hobbies and request
  • talk about someone’s personal information
  • feel more comfortable using basic Chinese vocabulary

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • learn the required vocabulary
  • have an enhanced understanding of Chinese phonetics, tones and rhythms
  • understand sentences commonly used in a range of everyday topics
  • understand more basic simplified Chinese characters

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquette, value systems and identities, and some current affairs.

How to register

Complete the Evening Courses Registration Form (PDF: 94KB) and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office or pay and book online via the Newcastle University webstore.

Elementary Chinese 3

This course is an opportunity to further your knowledge and understanding of Chinese after learning some basic Chinese language.

The course is designed for those who have completed the Elementary Chinese Level 2 course or who have some knowledge of the Chinese language, including:

  • having completed more than 40 learning hours
  • know about 100 basic Chinese characters, 200 basic Chinese words
  • or have passed HSK level 1

The primary aim of this course is to provide a better understanding of, and familiarity with, basic Chinese language and culture.

You will pay more attention on simplified characters and enrich your Chinese vocabulary. Sentence structure will be introduced and used gradually in every day conversation.

Learning outcomes

Practical skills

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to conduct conversations in Chinese on a range of topics, and:

  • talk about will and ability
  • express an unhealthy condition and see a doctor
  • ask and talk about possibility and probability
  • feel more comfortable using basic Chinese vocabulary
  • write a short passage about someone’s personal information or hobbies
  • write a short letter to a friend about your daily life

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • have an enhanced understanding of Chinese Pinyin system
  • understand the four basic sentence and six question sentence structures
  • understand more basic simplified Chinese characters up to 250 characters
  • learn the required vocabulary up to 350 words

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquette, value systems and identities, and some current affairs.

Everyone interested in learning some Chinese language will be warmly welcomed to our course.

How to register

Complete the Evening Courses Registration Form (PDF: 94KB) and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office or pay online via Newcastle University webstore.