Detail of a Chinese nature painting

"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace." — Confucius

At a glance

  • Evening Class
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Various levels
  • Fees from £210 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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These courses are designed to help you improve your literacy in written Chinese. You will have the opportunity to improve your reading and writing skills, and if you already have a good basic reading knowledge, you will be able to specialise in a subject such as science, business, current affairs or modern literature.

Writing Chinese Evening Classes Timetable
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
    Writing Chinese (Beginners)
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    Writing Chinese (Post-Beginners)
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    Writing Chinese (Lower Intermediate)
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Italian classes timetable

At the start of the course your lecturer will make an initial assessment of your base-level ability, and prepare materials and assignments that will expand your Chinese character knowledge, enhance your skills of written expression and improve your functional literacy.

Depending on your proficiency at the start of the course we will explore how to produce passages of written Chinese on subjects of general and/or specialised interest, and achieve enhanced functional literacy by compiling a CV, filling in a standard form, writing covering letters and/or letters of invitation in a business context.

Writing Chinese course descriptions

Beginners

Mandarin Chinese imageStudents taking this Beginners course should already be confident speakers of Mandarin but have next to no ability to write the language. A reading knowledge of 100-200 Chinese characters is the appropriate level from which to start the course.

The general level of literacy of the class will be assessed at the start of the autumn term, and teaching materials selected on that basis.

Over the course of the two terms, students should expect to have their knowledge of characters extended through reading, and the completion of short writing tasks and simple tests.

Students should be aware that the course will be of a non-intensive nature; it is intended that learning should take place in a relaxed atmosphere and that in this way the course will foster confidence in the use of written Chinese.

Post-Beginners

Mandarin Chinese imageStudents taking this Post-Beginners course should already be confident speakers of Mandarin but have a low level of literacy when compared to native and near-native users of the language. A reading knowledge of 500-700 Chinese characters is the appropriate level from which to start the course.

The general level of literacy of the class will be assessed at the start of the autumn term, and teaching materials selected on that basis.

Over the course of the two terms, students should expect to have their knowledge of characters extended through reading and the completion of short writing tasks and simple tests.

Students should be aware that the course will be of a non-intensive nature; it is intended that learning should take place in a relaxed atmosphere and that in this way the course will foster confidence in the use of written Chinese.

 

Lower Intermediate

Mandarin Chinese imageStudents taking this Lower Intermediate course should already be confident speakers of Mandarin but have a low level of literacy compared to native and near-native users of the language. A reading knowledge of 700-800 Chinese characters is the appropriate level from which to start the course.

The general level of literacy of the class will be assessed at the start of the autumn term, and teaching materials selected on that basis.

Over the course of the two terms, students should expect to have their knowledge of characters extended through reading and the completion of short writing tasks, including practical tasks such as the preparation of CVs, and simple tests.

Students should be aware that the course will be of a non-intensive nature; it is intended that learning should take place in a relaxed atmosphere and that in this way the course will foster confidence in the use of written Chinese.

Course Information

Course Materials

To be announced.

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.

If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

Contact details for course-level advice: Dr Ruth Herd (Mandarin Chinese Coordinator), ruth.herd@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £395    (Early Bird Rate: £360*) £230    (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
£305    (Early Bird Rate: £280*) 
* Early Bird fee rate is valid for enrolments made via the website between 1 August and 30 September only   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Contact details for questions regarding the content and teaching of our Mandarin Chinese courses: Dr Ruth Herd (Mandarin Chinese Coordinator), ruth.herd@imperial.ac.uk