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Provided by: Engineering Centre for Languages & Inter-Communication

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Chinese: Beginner Intensive


Introductory course to Chinese. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Target audience
  • All staff and students from Cambridge University Engineering Department
  • Further details regarding CLIC's eligibility criteria are available here
Topics covered

The course material will be based on the textbook Chinese in Steps Vol. 1. by George X Zhang, Linda Li and Lik Suen. We will aim to cover Lessons 1 to 6, which cover:

  • Introduction to Chinese characters
  • Pronunciation
  • Tones and the Pinyin system
  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Expressions of time
  • How to describe basic everyday activities

To introduce you to the Chinese language, culture and learning skills.


To focus on listening and speaking, with a balance between reading and some writing skills.


Class work (online via Zoom) and individual study


Each session will last two hours (10:00am – 12:00pm) with a ten-minute break in the middle. There will also be a short exercise break, similar to those practised in Chinese schools, during each session. A video will be played over Zoom for those who want to participate.


Nine sessions of two hours



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