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 would adopt interactive practice focused on building students’ listening and speaking skills. It also touches upon the ability of reading and writing Chinese characters.

Elementary Chinese 1 will also provide some cultural tips along with the teaching of linguistic knowledge and skills.

Learning outcomes

Practical skills

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

  • greet people and introduce yourself
  • order food in restaurants
  • conduct simple conversations in Chinese
  • talk about your nationality, occupation, work and family
  • talk about locations, addresses, weather and sports
  • ask and answer simple questions about yourself and others where necessary, using a mix of Chinese and English.

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will understand:

  • Chinese phonetics, tones and rhythms
  • how to read 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 basic Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquettes.

How to register

Complete the Confucius Institute Registration Form‌ and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office, or book and pay online through the Newcastle University webstore.

Elementary Chinese 2

The course provides an opportunity to further your knowledge and understanding of Chinese after the completion of Elementary Chinese 1.

Elementary Chinese 2 is designed for those who have completed the Elementary Chinese Level 1 course or who have some knowledge of the Chinese language including:

  • having completed more than 20 learning hours
  • have a command of some basic Chinese characters

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

This course will be giving a greater focus on simplified characters and enriching 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, including:

  • talk about will and ability
  • 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
  • shopping in a market, ask directions, use public transport
  • ask for permission, express wishes
  • Pass the HSK Level 1 test

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • have an enhanced understanding of Chinese pinyin system
  • understand some basic declarative sentences and question sentence structures
  • understand more basic simplified Chinese characters up to 100 characters
  • learn the required vocabulary up to 200 words
  • learn the basic Chinese grammar to express present continuous tense

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to even more Chinese culture and history.

How to register

Complete the Confucius Institute Registration Form and submit 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.

Elementary Chinese 3 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 Confucius Institute Registration Form ‌and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office or pay online via Newcastle University webstore.