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Summer Courses

Classes in the summer semester will run from 8th July to 8th August for 5 weeks. The timetable of summer courses is shown below. These courses are now open for booking.

COURSE DAY(S) DATES TIME FULL PRICE/ CONCESSION RATE
Intensive Chinese Beginners Course Monday and Thursday 8 July-8 August 2013 6.00pm-8.00pm £125/£83
Chinese Character Introductory Course Thursday 11 July-11 August 2013 6.00pm-7.30pm £65/£50
Consolidation/Revision Group A (Beginner) Monday 8 July-8 August 2013 6.00pm-8.00pm £8 for each session, minimum booking of 3 sessions
Consolidation/Revision Group B (Intermediate) Thursday 11 July-11 August 2013 6.00pm-8.00pm £8 for each session, minimum booking of 3 sessions

Intensive Chinese Beginners Course

This course is designed for complete beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese language. On completion of this 5-week intensive course (two 2-hour classes per week), students will be able to:

  • Master the Pinyin, the Chinese pronunciation system
  • Use simple greetings and make basic conversations
  • Recognise approx. 120 Chinese characters and write the learnt Chinese characters

Course Content

Basic knowledge of pronunciation, character writing and social language skills in Chinese

  1. Chinese pronunciation system “Pinyin”;
  2. Making Introductions;
  3. Giving personal information like nationalities and age;
  4. Using numbers and time
  5. Talking about family

Teaching Method (s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of whole class activity and group work. 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.

Text Book

Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese. Vol.1. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2003.

There will be an additional charge for these materials not exceeding £30. The materials can be purchased at the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the first class of the summer semester.

Start Date and Duration of the Course

6pm-8pm, Mondays and Thursdays, 8 July 2013-8 August 2013

Course Venue

Classroom A, the Confucius Institute for Scotland

Course Fee

£125 (£83)

To register this course, please print off and fill a copy of the registration form and send it back with the payment (cheque or post order made out to the University of Edinburgh) to the Confucius Institute for Scotland. If you have any enquiries, please call 0131 662 2180 or email: info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk

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 with us. Giving us this information will give us the opportunity to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Chinese Character Introductory Course

Join us for a 5-week Chinese character introductory course on Thursday evenings from 11 July to 11 August 2013. This course is designed for beginners with an interest in Chinese characters. The course will be taught in English.

Content of Course

  • The structure of Chinese characters
  • Character components and radicals
  • Rules of stroke order
  • Phonetic and semantic components of Chinese characters
  • How to use a Chinese dictionary
  • How to input Chinese characters by computer

Teaching Method

Theory combined with practice, emphasising the meaning and interesting nature of Chinese characters from principles of construction and cognitive rules to analysis of character structure in whole and in part. This will lead to the goal of recognizing characters and reading and writing in Chinese.

Teaching Goals

Students will master the structures and principles of Chinese characters and be able to recognise and use approximately 150 Chinese characters.

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: 5 x Thursday evenings from 11 July 2013
TIME: 6pm -7.30pm
COST: £65.00 (£50.00)

To register this course, please print off and fill a copy of the registration form and send it back with the payment (cheque or post order made out to the University of Edinburgh) to the Confucius Institute for Scotland. If you have any enquiries, please call 0131 662 2180 or email: info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk

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 with us. Giving us this information will give us the opportunity to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Consolidation/Revision Groups

To help ensure that earlier learning is not lost over the summer months we are offering consolidation/revision classes at two levels in July and August.

Students should note that these will not be formal taught classes but rather sessions to seek support, review areas of difficulty, and to practice speaking with other students. The teacher will respond to individual and group needs to help in consolidation of earlier learning.

Consolidation/Revision Group A for beginners will run at 6.00pm-8.00pm on Mondays from 8 July-8 August 2013. This group will suit students who are studying Chinese 1 and 2 at our institute.

Consolidation/Revision Group B for Intermediate students will run at 6.00pm-8.00pm on Thursdays from 11 July-11 August 2013. This group will suit students who are studying Chinese 3 and 4 at our institute.

Recognising that July and August are difficult months for most people to attend a class regularly we are offering 5 sessions with minimum booking of 3 sessions depending on how long a holiday you are planning this summer.

Course Venue

The Confucius Institute for Scotland

Course Fee

£8 for each session, minimum booking of 3 sessions

To register this course, please print off and fill a copy of the registration form and send it back with the payment (cheque or post order made out to the University of Edinburgh) to the Confucius Institute for Scotland. If you have any enquiries, please call 0131 662 2180 or email: info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk

 

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