Mandarin Chinese SSC course descriptions

Beginners

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This course for students with absolutely no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese aims to train students in the aural comprehension of the sounds of Mandarin and inculcate good pronunciation, including accurate use of the four tones. The course will also familiarize students with pinyin Romanization and equip them with the skills necessary to carry out simple conversations using basic sentence patterns.

During the course the students will be introduced to the sounds of the Peking Dialect (Mandarin), including the four tones. Simple sentence patterns, such as greetings, affirmative, interrogative and negative structures, and key aspects of word order will also be taught, allowing students to carry out simple conversations in the target language.

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Greet people and introduce themselves;
  • Talk about their likes and dislikes;
  • Talk about their abilities;
  • Talk about obligation
  • Talk about language study
  • Talk about members of the family
  • Count up to 100
  • Use measure words to express quantities 

Course materials

The course book is Colloquial Chinese, by P.C. T’ung and D.E. Pollard, published by Routledge, 1982. The teacher may supplement the main course book with other materials.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Mandarin Chinese Coordinator, Dr Ruth Herd, ruth.herd@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.

Improvers

Improvers
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This course is designed for students who have mastered the basic sounds of the language, including the four tones, and who are able to carry out such elementary linguistic tasks as introducing themselves. Students embarking on this course should also already be thoroughly familiar with the pinyin system of Romanization.

During the course the students will acquire more of the basic sentence patterns of Mandarin, enabling them to converse on a wider range of topics linked to a variety of practical situations often encountered in daily life.

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • make telephone calls;
  • ask and finding directions;
  • describe locations;
  • express a change in a person or state;
  • handle a transaction in a shop;
  • talk about personal experience and history;
  • make a travel plan;
  • describe a person

Course materials

The tutor will supply his own materials.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Mandarin Chinese Coordinator, Dr Ruth Herd, ruth.herd@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.