Intensive Chinese Beginners Course
Summer 2015

Take the chance to immerse yourself in the Chinese language with our twice weekly Chinese language course for complete beginners.  Studying for 10 evening over just five weeks you will have 20 hours of teaching covering the course materials for Chinese 1.1 – the first course in our progressive Chinese language learning programme. Designed for complete beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese language this  five week course of two classes per week runs on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Institute. On completion of this 20 hour programme of study over 5 weeks with two 2-hour classes per week, students will be able to:

  • Master Pinyin, the Chinese pronunciation system
  • Use simple greetings and make basic conversations
  • Recognise up to 120 Chinese characters and know how to write them

Students who complete this course can move onto Chinese 1.2 in the autumn term from September 2015.

Course Content
Students will work on development of basic pronunciation skills, character writing and learn vocabulary for use in social situations in Chinese.

  1. Chinese pronunciation system Pinyin;
  2. Making Introductions;
  3. Giving and receiving personal information such as nationality 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
The book used for this course is Wu Zhongwei, Contemporary Chinese for Beginners, Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010.  This course book covers two years of learning.  The charge for the textbook, workbook and character book is £25.  Summer course students can opt to request photocopies for this term only.

Term dates and times
29 June- 30 July 2015
6pm-8pm every Monday and Thursday

Course Venue
Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP

Course Fee
£125 (£83) plus £25 for textbook and workbook.

To register this course, please print off and complete a copy of the Summer Courses 2015  Registration Form and send it back to our Institute with a cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh.  If you have any questions, please call us on 0131 662 2180 or email