Mandarin Chinese language classes

Please Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our extracurricular classes for the upcoming Summer Term (April-June) will be offered as online classes, so that teaching may continue. Please refer to our website for updates, and if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us by email.


For all classes, learners will need to study privately for approximately 3 hours a week between lessons in order to learn vocabulary.

Textbooks:

Most classes will cover sections in the Discover China Book Series-

  • "Student Book 1" is typically used in Beginner Levels 1 - 3
  • "Student Book 2" is typically used in Beginner Level 4 & Improver 1-2
  • Improver 3-4 & Improver 7-8 use alternative textbooks which will be provided.

We strongly recommend that everyone attend with a copy of the book used for your class (Please ask if you are not sure which level you will need!)

We are working with Lancaster University Library to ensure they stock copies, and in future copies may be available to borrow from the Resource Centre (The Roundhouse, Room A02).


If you have any questions, please contact us, or visit us in The Roundhouse.

Registration

Registration & payment can be made through our Online Store Pages. If you wish to pay by other means, please visit us in The Roundhouse.

We are also working towards all of our Extracurricular classes being available for LU staff to sign up to via Flexible Benefits.

1-to-1 Classes

If you are interested in a more personal session, we can also offer tailored 1-to-1 sessions with a Chinese Teacher, who can allow flexible sessions to suit your needs and interests. 1:1 classes on campus are usually £25 per hour, and alternative classes, such as teaching off campus, or teaching to a small group may be charged differently. For all enquiries of this type, please contact us.

Beginner Classes

Beginner Level 1- For beginners with no prior knowledge. Taught primarily with Roman alphabet (Pinyin). Introductory learning to read in Chinese Characters.

Beginner Level 2‌- For those who have learned around 200 Chinese words. Continued teaching in Pinyin, with expansion in the use of Chinese Characters.

Beginner Level 3- For those who have learned around 400 Chinese words. Requires some knowledge & use of Chinese Characters.

Beginner Level 4‌- For those who have learned around 600 Chinese words. This course is designed to be taught with little to no Pinyin, almost entirely with Chinese Characters.

Intermediate Classes

Improver 1-2- This course is intended as an Intermediate course, following on from Beginner Level 4. If you are interested in this class, please contact us so that we may help decide your level.

Improver 3-4‌- This course is intended as an Intermediate course, following on from Improver 1-2. If you are interested in this class, please contact us so that we may help decide your level.

Improver 7-8- This is the highest level of Chinese Language teaching we offer, open only to highly proficient speakers of Mandarin. If you are interested in this class please contact us so that we may help decide your level.