The Chinese language training on this course is offered at either beginner, intermediate or advanced levels – with each program taught by trained professionals who have studied TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language).
The teachers on this program use approved methods and they offer flexible modules so that you can apply your new-found language skills in practical, everyday situations according to your specific needs – including in leisure, business or work environments.
The courses on this program covers both spoken and written Mandarin; the classes are run in small groups or, in particular at the advanced level, on a one-to-one tutorial basis so that the lessons can be tailored to your specific needs. Following the initial language learning at the Fengyan Centre, Skype learning can be arranged so that your lessons can continue remotely for those who wish to travel the country.
The taster programmes are included in our Chinese Cultural Immersion week; this week is a starting point for those people who are on their first visit to China, or for those with very little Chinese language knowledge.
This programme covers the basics and will introduce you to the language you will need to complete simple activities, like shopping, or ordering food in a restaurant.
Beginner level classes
These beginner level classes focus on everyday phrases and conservations that will help tourists get by whilst they travel in China. These classes will enable tourists to tour the country and get the most out of their visit. Whether it’s simply greeting and meeting people, buying local goods, or bargaining for a good price, this beginner’s class is a valuable experience.
The beginner’s class can also help those people who will be teaching English in China, enabling them to use classroom phrases that every teacher is likely to need – phrases like: ‘please be quiet’, ‘show me your exercise book’, ‘repeat after me’.
Our tutors will also accompany you on various visits where you will be able to practice your skills. For beginners, one week can be good enough to learn a fair few phrases, but four weeks are recommended. To facilitate these longer periods of time, Skype tutorials can be arranged so that your tutor can provide lessons as you travel further afield in the country.
Intermediate and Advanced Level
The intermediate and advanced level courses are available for those who have already attained some proficiency in the Chinese language. The lessons will include written and spoken Chinese, making use of both pinyin and Chinese characters.
These courses are designed to help students build fluency in both their spoken conversations, and in their written Chinese. The intermediate and advanced classes are likely to appeal to students who want to take their Chinese-language learning further, whether that is to supplement what they have already learnt, or to allow them time to apply their skills in a supported ‘cultural immersion’ context.
For intermediate and advanced level Chinese language options, three to six months is recommended. As above, to facilitate learning whilst the student travels, Skype tutorials can be arranged after the first week.
The aim of this program is improve student’s spoken and written Chinese, whether they start completely fresh, or build upon their existing skills.
The exact schedule of the Chinese Language program will change depending on student’s needs and requirements.
Typically after the ‘taster’ sessions that take place in the Cultural Immersion Week, there will be four hours of formal Chinese language classes per day for five days a week. There will also be homework provided so that you can practice the language in ‘real life’ situations.
Weekends are free for you to enjoy the local area, visit landmarks or just relax in your accommodation. The actual study plan will be tailored to your level, and students will be in groups that depend on their ability. All training and classes will include speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary and some written Chinese too.
You will also have the chance to use your Chinese in daily situations as you travel around, both at night or at the local Chinese Language Corner.