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CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Basic 2


Course will be delivered online.

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At basic level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

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Target audience
  • University staff and students
  • Further details regarding Language Centre eligibility criteria are available

CULP Basic 1 / CEF A1

Topics covered

The Course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • Hiring a boat/bicycle/car, talking about sports, talking about pastime, talking about regular activities
  • Buying a ticket, enquiring at the tourist office
  • Shopping for food, shopping for clothes, shopping for presents
  • Asking your way, taking a taxi, enquiring about coaches, buying train tickets
  • At the doctor’s, at the chemist’s
  • The Spring Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival

By the end of the Course students will be able to:

  • Listening/Speaking: Express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.
  • Reading: Understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters in Chinese characters (400).
  • Writing: Complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.

At the Basic 2 level the main aims are:

  • To further develop the understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features of the Chinese language;
  • To establish the learner as a fairly confident language user in a wider range of every-day predictable situations;
  • To enhance students’ understanding of the complex historical and cultural background of China within the context of language teaching.

Presentations, practicals and online learning

System requirements
  • Raven access is required
  • Further information regarding Raven is available
  • Students Fees: £200 to be paid online. Please select ‘Concessionary’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Staff Fees: £200 to be paid online. Please select ‘All charged’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Links to the online store will be provided with your confirmation email.
  • Payment is required within 24 hours of your booking to secure your place.
  • Refunds available after the first lesson only.
  • Payment for the courses is made on the Online Store (CULP General Purpose courses), (Raven log in).
  • Course materials can be found on Moodle (Raven log in), once the course has started.

Fifteen taught sessions of two hours plus online learning


Three times per year (subject to demand)

Related courses
CULP: Cambridge University Language Programmes

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