Under globalisation era, Chinese has become more and more important for the world. There are some facts you might already know, such as, China has the oldest and richest continuous culture; China has the most population in the world; China is the second largest economy in the world and Chinese language is spoken in many countries for example Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. More importantly, Chinese is relatively easier, while it is also a challenge. Chinese has no verb conjugation and no noun declension. It means that you do not need to remember verb tenses and gender distinctions. And the basic word order is subject-verb-object, which is exactly the same as English.
With the rapid growth of Chinese economy, Chinese becomes a powerful instrument for your career. There are huge amounts of opportunities for finding good jobs. Speaking Chinese is an extraordinary asset for the competition. It will increase your skills and will become your competitive advantage. You will be able to apply for a wider range of jobs and will qualify for higher positions. Considering the huge market in China, more and more multinational enterprises and international enterprises are operating business with China. Thus the ability of speaking Chinese could be a particularly valuable asset. It increases your communication skill in the international business.
Studying Chinese is also a challenge, and it will deliver a different studying experience to you. And it establishes a bridge between two different cultures. The Chinese language is created like a puzzle. It is no doubt that Chinese calligraphy is still a popular art form. Each Chinese character is designed to reflect a certain meaning, and most of Chinese characters are designed from some basic characters. You will gradually pick up common patterns between characters. Studying Chinese is a good opportunity for getting familiar with Chinese culture. Even though Chinese has a different phonetic system, it will be an interesting and fascinating experience because of its artistic handwriting, melodic spoken language and poetic phrasing.
Wei Li, Chinese Tutor
These descriptions are only a guide and some adjustments to the content of the course might be needed, depending on the students' level of participation, ability and needs.
This module aims to introduce Standard Chinese (Mandarin) to learners with no (or very little) experience with the language and to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module. Teaching will include pronunciation, vocabulary and basic grammar of Mandarin. Word processing and cultural topics will also be covered in class.
A continuation of the beginners' course in Chinese. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module.