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Chinese Mandarin

  • Mandarin Chinese has official status in China, Taiwan, and Singapore, and has 800 million speakers worldwide. Almost a quarter of internet usage is conducted in Chinese; this makes it the second biggest language online after English.

     

    British Council (2014), Languages for the Future

  • Modules available

    You will be placed in the module that most suits your linguistic abilities. For us to place you in the right group you will need to fill in information about your linguistic background on the application form and some students will also need to complete a placement test. Find the placement test and application form here.

    LA1PC1-IWLP Chinese Level 1
    This is a beginners’ module for students who have no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese in either the written or spoken form. It will provide an introduction to Mandarin, concentrating on its communicative use in familiar everyday situations. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the language and the ability to communicate at a survival level. Find out more.
    LA1PC8-IWLP Chinese 1 Fast-track
    This is a fast track module for students who are beginners, but have some knowledge of Mandarin Chinese or who are able, because of their understanding of a similar language, to progress faster than other students at the same level. It will enable them to acquire a basic understanding of Mandarin in an intensive yet manageable mode, which takes into account their previous knowledge and develops their ability to communicate in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance. Find out more.
    LA1PC2-IWLP Chinese Level 2
    This post-beginner module is intended for students with some basic knowledge of Mandarin such as that acquired by taking IWLP Chinese 1 (or equivalent). It aims at enabling students to consolidate and further their understanding of the language and their ability to communicate at a basic level in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance. Find out more.
    LA1PC3-Chinese 3
    This lower intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese language such as that acquired by taking IWLP Chinese 2 or equivalent. It aims at enabling students to communicate at a competent level in everyday situations with increased fluency and confidence. Find out more.

     

    If you would like to take Mandarin at a higher level than we currently offer please be in contact with us via iwlp@reading.ac.uk.

  • Student feedback

    "...I had so much fun learning different languages and studying alongside classmates from various backgrounds...The teachers are friendly, helpful and very supportive. Also, the syllabus (is) broad enough to enable basic day-to-day communication and yet insightful enough to encompass fundamental grammar in the languages. I enjoyed IWLP because it is an additional skill while in university. I honestly look forward to the language classes each week, a good break between my degree courses!"
    Jia, 2013/14 Mandarin Post-Beginner
  • Meet the staff

    The Chinese tutors are Ms Congxia Li (Coordinator and Tutor) and Ms Rebekah Xiao Zhao.

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