Chinese Character Class – NEW

Join us for a 6 week evening course starting on Valentine`s Day, 14th February, which will help you begin to understand Chinese characters.

All you need is an interest in Chinese characters and just a little knowledge of Chinese sound system.

Content of Course

  • Elements of Chinese characters: 8 kinds of basic strokes and some compound strokes
  • Roles of the stroke order
  • One/multi-component characters and structures of characters
  • 4 Methods of constructing characters
  • 40 basic radicals which are related to different meanings
  • How to use a Chinese dictionary
  • How to input Chinese characters by computer.

Teaching method

The course is tutorial based with multimedia support. Supplementary material is prepared by the teacher. In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to spend 1-2 hours per class on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students are expected to have mastered 100 characters and recognize 150-200 characters. With the systematic background knowledge gained students should establish a cognitive construct for Chinese characters and master a system, by which they will gain a better understanding of the characters and the words in context as well as be able to guess the meaning of a new character without knowing the pronunciation of it.

No textbook is required but students will receive printed materials about Chinese characters to help them learn and practice.

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland
DATES: 6 x Thursday evenings from 14 February 2013
TIME: 6pm -7.30pm
COST: £75.00 (£50.00)

To check if spaces in this small class are available please first call our office on 0131 662 2180. We shall then send you a registration form which should be returned with payment in cash or by cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh.

Student support
Please contact us to arrange a confidential appointment if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study a Languages for All course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.