Chinese 1

This three term course is progressive with students moving from Chinese 1.1 to Chinese 1.2 and then to Chinese 1.3. Each section of the course lasts for 10 weeks and bookings can be made on a term by term basis.

Chinese 1.1 is for beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese – Enrol
Chinese 1.2 is for those who have completed 1.1 or equivalent – Enrol
Chinese 1.3 is for those who have completed 1.2 or equivalent – Enrol

Chinese 1 focuses on developing skills in pinyin, the Chinese transcription and pronunciation system. Listening and speaking skills are emphasised and while character recognition is taught, students keen to learn to write Chinese characters will achieve this via self-study. As familiarity with the Chinese pronunciation system ‘pinyin’ develops students will be able to understand and take part in simple conversations. Character recognition rather than writing characters is also taught though the main emphasis is on speaking and listening.

Chinese 1 Content

  • The Chinese pronunciation system ‘pinyin’;
  • Making introductions;
  • Presenting personal information, such as nationality and age;
  • Using numbers and time;
  • Talking about family;
  • Measure words;
  • Buying things and ordering food;
  • Talking about time and daily arrangements;
  • Talking about events in the future;
  • Expression of time, location, and place;
  • Expressions of directions and methods of getting to a place;
  • Talking about plans, daily arrangements, ordinary social activities;
  • Describing a person’s appearance.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • have a good command of about 120 / 300 / 500 Chinese characters
  • be familiar with basic grammar and sentence structures that can be used in every-day conversations and to express events related to the present / and the future
  • have an understanding of China and its customs and ways of life / public places, traffic and social life.

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of joint class activities 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 should plan to 1-2 hours per class on revision and homework.

Learning materials

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei, Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010.

The textbook, workbook and character book purchased for Chinese 1 covers all three terms of Chinese 1 and also three terms of Chinese 2. The cost is £30. The materials can be purchased at the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the first class of the term.

Any student with prior learning who is unsure which level would best suit their ability should arrange to drop into the Institute for an assessment by one of our language teachers.