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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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Course Levels

We offer 4 levels in Mandarin Chinese in Semester 1, Complete Beginner, Lower Intermediate Part 1, Intermediate Part 1 and Upper Intermediate Part 1.

We will be running some taster sessions on Tuesday the 7th, 14th and 21st of September from 14:00-14:30. If you are interested in joining a session please email fl-enquiries@bath.ac.uk

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.

If you are a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and wish to sit in the class please contact the course tutor. You can also become a PAL Leader for our Peer Assisted Learning programme.

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.

If you are a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and wish to sit in the class please contact the course tutor. You can also become a PAL Leader for our Peer Assisted Learning programme.

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

Upper Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate level with us and/or have achieved HSK 3 or above and, can read and write at least 400 Chinese characters.

Or if you can:

  • talk and write about topics of personal and general interest such as work, study, travel
  • speak with reasonably good fluency and without notes
  • write with a good level of accuracy and use idiomatic expressions appropriately
  • communicate in a number of less predictable situations, including abstract topics

Enrolment

The Autumn Term will start on 11 October 2021 and enrolments will open on 22 September. To enrol yourself on the course of your choice, please click on the link below.

University students

Student experience

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

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.