Photograph of a blue and white Chinese bowl

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

Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: May to July
  • 4 hours weekly online taught time across 2 sessions
  • Fees from £134 to £230
Booking Link

Learning a new language, or continuing studying it, is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Each course is taught online over 10 weeks consisting of two 2-hour sessions each week.

Chinese (Mandarin) Evening Classes Timetable

Time / Weekdays Mondays & Thursdays Tuesdays & Thursdays
16:00 - 18:00
  Chinese (Mandarin) Conversation for Improvers
Fei Wang
Online course
18:00 - 20:00 Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners
Shiyao Wang
Online course

Chinese Mandarin course descriptions


Mandarin Chinese imageThis Beginners course for students with no prior knowledge of the language aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the sounds of Chinese (Mandarin), as well as some basic speech patterns that will equip them to deal with everyday situations.

Topics covered include basic greetings, the family, likes and dislikes, food, and shopping.

The focus of the course will be on speaking and listening, but students will be also taught the rudiments of Chinese script, after which they can choose whether to continue learning Chinese (Mandaring) characters or concentrate on learning the language through the medium of Romanized Chinese.


Conversation for Improvers

Mandarin Chinese imageThis Chinese (Mandarin) Conversation for Improvers course is aimed at students who have completed the Beginners or Post-beginners course at Imperial College or those who have studied Chinese (Mandarin) for 40+ teaching hours and wish to improve their pronunciation and fluency.

The teaching will focus on speaking and conversation through situational dialogues, one situational dialogue each week. Students are encouraged to use short sentences and some basic vocabulary to express their ideas in Chinese (Mandarin) in different situations. 

The teaching will cover the following areas and topics:

  • Basic practise of pronunciation and five tones
  • Making telephone calls
  • Asking for directions
  • Talking about positions and locations
  • Talking about your favourite subjects and interest
  • Change of situations and states
  • Shopping
  • Talking about your past experiences
  • Planning travels

The purpose of the teaching is to help students improve their speaking fluency, conversation skills, and to enlarge their vocabulary in a fun and creative way.

The online teaching will be conducted via Skype or Zoom. The  teacher will send you instructions before the course starts. Students must use a pair of headphones during teaching (any headphones are fine, alternatively a mobile phone will be ok as well). Before each lesson, students will receive an email with a joining link for the online teaching. Students will also receive Powerpoint teaching slides before each class. Students will also learn to improve their pronunciation and speaking skills through individual chat sessions with the teacher and the group as a whole.

This course is limited to no more than 12 students.


Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.

Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners

  • Colloquial Chinese by P.C. T’ung and D. E. Pollard

An accompanying character text is available: Character Text for Colloquial Chinese (Simplified or Traditional Version). The teacher may supplement the main course book with other materials. Students who come from linguistic backgrounds in which Chinese characters are commonly used may also find it helpful to use the character text.

Chinese (Mandarin) Conversation for Improvers

Course materials to be used have been developed by the tutor based on the vocabulary and grammar points of Lessons 6-13 of the textbook Colloquial Chinese by P.C. T’ung and D. E. Pollard. However, the teaching will not strictly follow this textbook. Students will receive teaching materials beforehand and there is no need to purchase any textbooks.


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 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.

For course-level advice please contact our Chinese (Mandarin) Coordinator:

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.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our Chinese (Mandarin) Coordinator: Dr Ruth Herd,

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
40  10  £230
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

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 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 the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • 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
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • 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
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. 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 before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  10 n/a n/a w/c 11 May - w/c 13 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate 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 are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's 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

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught online sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

For any questions regarding course content, delivery and materials please contact our Chinese (Mandarin) Coordinator: Dr Ruth Herd,