Our courses cover Mandarin, both spoken and written (characters and pinyin). They are run in small groups or, particularly for those at more advanced levels, on a one to one tutorial basis so your learning can be tailored to be more challenging.
Most Mandarin varieties have four tones, which for foreigners who speak English will find challenging. But Mandarin is also the largest of the seven or ten Chinese dialect groups by far, spoken by 70 per cent of Chinese speakers and a huge area stretching from Yunnan in the southwest to Xinjiang in the northwest and Heilongjiang in the northeast.
This program offers Chinese language training at all levels. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced, we have trained professionals who have studied TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) that can accommodate you.
We use approved teaching methods and offer flexible modules so that you can apply your newly acquired language skills in practical situations according to your specific needs – such as learning the language for leisure or work/business purposes.
Following initial language learning at our Centre in Fengyan, Skype meetings can be arranged so that tuition can continue remotely for individuals who wish to travel around China – or even after they have returned to their home country.
This week is the start point for those on their first visit to China and who have very little or no Chinese language. It covers the basics and will at least get you to the level of shopping for basic requirements and ordering food in a restaurant!
Beginner Level Classes
These focus on practicing everyday phrases and conversations that will help you to get by in a variety of situations. With it, you’ll be able to explore and get the most out of your visit in China: whether simply meeting and greeting people, buying local foods and bargaining for a good price, or travelling around. They will also, if you are teaching English in China, enable you to use classroom phrases that every teacher might need: ‘please be quiet’, ‘show me your exercise book’, ‘repeat after me’ are good examples. Our tutors will also accompany you on various visits so you can practice your skills. At beginner level, you can learn quite a few phrases in one week, however 4 weeks is recommended to make the most of it. To facilitate learning during these longer periods, ‘Skype’ tutorial delivery can be arranged after the first week, wherever you are in China, or even after you have returned to your home country.
Intermediate & Advanced Level
These courses are for those who have already attained some proficiency in the Chinese language through previous study and/or those who already have Chinese language qualifications. They will include written and spoken Chinese, using both pinyin and Chinese characters. These courses are intended to build fluency in both spoken and written conversations. They are likely to appeal to those who want to take their language learning further, whether to supplement the learning they may have had in their home country with a supported ‘immersion’ context, or whether they need that fluency to further their studies in China or business. For intermediate and advanced level Chinese language options, three to six months is recommended to achieve proficiency.
Once again, to facilitate learning during these longer periods, ‘Skype’ tutorial delivery can be arranged after the first week, wherever you are in China, or even after you have returned to your home country.
Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.