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Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

We offer beginner, lower Intermediate and intermediate course levels.

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before you can try this quick placement test to find out which class would suit your level best. You will need your university login details to take this test.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have not studied Mandarin Chinese before or those who know some basic phrases.

At the end of this course you will:

  • have a general understanding of the Chinese language and Chinese culture
  • have learned to read pinyin
  • have learned to write some simple Chinese characters by hand
  • have learned to type Chinese characters using the pinyin input method
  • have learned to say dates and days of the week
  • have learned to introduce yourself and talk about your family, friends and pets etc

Lower Intermediate Part 1

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before you can try this quick placement test to find out which class would suit your level best. You will need your university login details to take this test.

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Post-Beginner level with us and/or achieved HSK 1 and can read and write at least 50 simple Chinese characters, or if you:

  • have some knowledge of the culture of the places where Mandarin Chinese is spoken
  • can read and write pinyin with ease
  • can introduce yourself and your family, including saying your nationalities, ages, birthdays, hobbies, etc.
  • can order food and drinks in a restaurant
  • can talk about and compare weather in different places
  • know the names of different means of transport

Intermediate Part 1

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before you can try this quick placement test to find out which class would suit your level best. You will need your university login details to take this test.

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Lower Intermediate level with us and/or have achieved HSK 2 and can read and write at least 150 Chinese characters or if you can:

  • engage in conversation on a number of non-abstract topics such as directions and descriptions of places in town
  • express simple opinions and give advice
  • understand straightforward written resources on familiar matters
  • write short texts in Chinese characters related to common topic areas
  • talk about minor illnesses and treatments

Learn Chinese with weekly news

Enrol on this course if you have completed the intermediate level (part 2) with us or have reached HSK level 3 or above.

In this course we will read and discuss bite-sized news items from China and around the world that are written in graded Chinese following HSK levels. By taking up this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • further develop your autonomous learning skills
  • take your Chinese language skills to a higher level
  • feel better in touch with China and the Chinese culture today
  • develop your intercultural competence
  • improve your employability skills

Student experience

My language classes at the University of Bath have given me a passion which will last far beyond my time at this university, and have had an impact both on my professional and personal life.

BEng graduate Michal Nalepa has shared his experience of learning Mandarin Chinese alongside his course and how this prepared him for a two-month internship in Shanghai:

Nǐ hǎo Shanghai: My summer internship in China

I started learning Mandarin with Zhu Laoshi in my first year at Bath as a complete beginner. The three years studying with her encouraged me to have confidence in my language abilities, constantly pushing my knowledge and improving. During that time, I also had the opportunity to travel to China, volunteering in Beijing and travelling around the country. Most importantly, Zhu Laoshi’s classes are very enjoyable and allow you to learn the culture alongside the language. (Aqeel Abdul-Rahman, MEng Mechanical Engineering)

In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning and Virtual Exchange.

Enrolment opens 21 September 2022

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Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.