CVF’s Top Three Chinese Language Courses

Nowadays, we need only to walk a few steps to our laptop and we have the world at our fingertips – from social media language sites to online learning services, we have never been so lucky to live in a world of convenience. 80220468_0747c5d7bd_m

Rather than leaving your humble abode to discover your nearest language club, many people opt to self-studying through the plethora of different resources available, with Rosetta Stone, Duolingo and Babbel to name a few.

Although I am all for self-study and the discipline it brings, if you are someone who finds it hard to dedicate a considerable amount of your free time to gaining new skills, there may be a solution.

Join a language course or club.

Like learning any other language, anyone can reach a proficient level through self-study, yet I personally believe that there is an unrivalled experience when learning Chinese with a teacher in a classroom setting. Whilst many may disagree with the formal, textbook heavy modus operandi some Chinese teachers may adopt, joining a Chinese language course will enable you to fully interact with the language in a real environment. Moreover, the constant support and structure your teacher provides will improve your language skills at a steady pace.

Convinced yet? Today we will list our top three recommendations for Chinese language courses.

Adults

SOAS Language Centre

Level: Introduction
What?
Introduction to Chinese aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of Chinese and focuses on the acquisition of practical communicative skills. The course is taught in English and Chinese and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Chinese grammar and vocabulary.

Where?
Classes will be held at the SOAS Language Centre.

Duration?
One year course of 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week.

Level: Beginner
What
The beginner course aims to provide complete beginners of Chinese with a solid foundation in all four key skills. It introduces basic grammar and essential vocabulary as well as Chinese characters. Students will have the opportunity to communicate in Chinese.

Where?
Classes will be held at the SOAS Language Centre.

Duration?

One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 3 hours per week.

For more details: http://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/languages/chinese/

University of Westminster

Level: Beginner (Grade 1)
What?
Grade 1 is a part-time Chinese language course for complete beginners, allowing you to start to communicate in the foreign language. This class is most suited for those who have no or little previous knowledge of the Chinese language. The main focus in all levels is on communication in real-life situations through speaking and listening.

Where?
At the Regent Street Campus.

Duration?
There are two starting points; September and January. September classes will last for three terms until June, whereas January classes will study until July.

Level:  Post-Beginner (Grade 2)
What?
This level of Chinese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills learnt from the beginner level. Speaking and listening is still the main focal point.

Where?
At the Regent Street Campus.

Duration?
One term lasts for 10 weeks, three terms lasts for a whole year.

For more details: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/professional-and-short/languages/chinese-evening-language-course

 

          And for those who have a younger sibling or child who wants to learn Mandarin:

Maomee Mandarin

Level: Beginners
What?
Maomee Mandarin is a new project set up by Chinese Viewfinder, where children aged 4-11 can come together and learn Mandarin Chinese. Through an interactive and fun learning environment, our teachers will introduce children to the Chinese language from a beginner’s level. We will primarily focus on spoken communication (speaking and listening), but reading and writing is still incorporated into the curriculum.
Story-telling, games, quizzes, role-play and other inventive activities will be used as the core teaching material. Various multimedia resources are also at hand to maintain diversity.

Where?
Classes will mainly be held in different locations around the Greenwich, Wandsworth and Bromley area.

Duration?
Once/two times a week for three terms.

For more details visit: http://maomeemandarin.com/

 

Thanks for reading, see you next week!

 

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