Chinese (mandarin) Higher intermediate

Course code: LPAR111P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:30pm - 8:30pm


19th Sep 2022 - 10th Jul 2023

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555 585

This is a follow-on course for learners who have completed at least 3 years study of the subject. Learners will, in a fun, supportive learning environment, continue to understand and make yourself understood in a range of increasingly unpredictable everyday situations. The focus of this course will be on speaking and listening. The course will include writing short paragraphs in Pinyin, developing some basic skills in writing Chinese characters.
In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

The course is designed for those who wish to converse a little more in the language when visiting the country. The main topics that will be covered are - describing a social activity with where, when, who and what; ordering a full meal with drink in a restaurant; describing a person’s appearance and personality; telling the sequences of events and explaining the reason or cause of actions, making comparisons and describing a past event.

If you are to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from your language learning, it will be useful to spend some time working between sessions. There will usually be a small amount of homework set each week.

The course will equip students with some knowledge on radicals for better understanding of the Chinese characters, with grammar structures for more fluent conversation and for writing simple texts on learned topics.

We will also introduce some culture/traditions alongside the Chinese traditional festivals.

Please note there will be no sessions on 24.10.22, 19.12.22, 26.12.22, 02.01.23, 13.02.22, 03.04.23, 10.04.23, 17.04.23, 01.05.23 and 29.05.23,

Facilities at Abingdon campus:
Vending machines and Costa coffee shop
Watercoolers available, making it easy to refill your water bottle.
Free parking.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Chinese (Mandarin) - Working Towards Fluency
Although this is a continuation course from Intermediate level but If you had at least 3 years experience in the subject and consider yourself competent at this level, you should be able to join the class to continue your learning.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2022 prior to starting the course.
A text book is used to accompany the course but it is optional to buy this (average cost £20 - £25). The text book will support your learning for at least 1 year. You may also like to buy a small dictionary. Your tutor will be able to advise you at the first session. 

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £290.40
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £290.40

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning activities will mainly be organised in pair work/small groups. Homework every week will be based on a summary sheet of the lesson for you to review in your own time. There will be no formal examination. The focus is on being active and having fun and learning in a supported and supportive manner.

Learning methods:
· Workbook
· Digital tool
· Tutor demonstration and repetition, class room interactive activities.
· Independent learning: Home work/digital learning

As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement.