Chinese (mandarin) Improvers

Course code: LPAR101P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:45pm - 9:00pm


19th Sep 2022 - 5th Jun 2023

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555 585

The Improver course are for those who have completed the beginners courses with the college, or for those, who has pass HSK level 1 exam or consider themselves at this level.

Enrolment numbers to our courses are reviewed regularly. To avoid disappointment it is advised to enrol early. Courses with low enrolment numbers two weeks prior to the course start date are at risk of getting cancelled

You will start to develop your understanding of the language and learn more about both the written and cultural context of this. You will begin to expand on the basics you have already learned so as to develop your own confidence when speaking and listening. You will be able to communicate by the end of this course simply and directly on daily topics that you are familiar with. You should have developed by the end of this course a vocabulary of at least 300 words allowing you to progress to the next level which will really start to expand your knowledge.

Please note there will be no sessions on 25.10.22, 13.12.22, 20.12.22, 27.12.22, 14.02.22, 04.04.23, 11.04.23, 30.05.23

Facilities at the Abingdon Campus:
Vending machines and Costa Coffee shop
Watercoolers available 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.

This course leads to Chinese (Mandarin) Intermediate
There are no formal entry requirements. This is a course for learners who have already passed HSK1 or have spent at least 1 year learning at a beginners course. Whilst not directly aligned this course is designed to be in line with HSK level 2. We are committed to ensuring that you have a positive learning experience and will be reviewing all our classes after the first session to ensure learners are enrolled on a course that is at the right level for them.

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: £297.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £297.00

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.
You will practise all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), with the emphasis on the spoken language. Learning activities will include individual, pair, small group and whole class work. You will listen to the spoken word, practise speaking, play games, read simple texts, perform role plays, watch film clips and write short phrases. This is a non-accredited course so there will be no formal examination. However, your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and will give you feedback.