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Language Summer School for Beginners 1.1 & 1.2 Combined (Discount Available)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course is designed for complete beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese language. In 50 hours of intensive learning over two weeks, students will cover Chinese 1.1 and 1.2 materials that take 20 weeks in evening classes.

Students who enrol in advance on this 1.1 and 1.2 combined course will receive a discount.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • 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;
  • Describing a person's appearance.

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.

Learning outcomes

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

  • have a good command of about 420 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.
  • have an understanding of China and its customs and ways of life.


Core Readings

Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010.  This book will be provided to registered students at the start of the course.  Please contact if you already have a copy of this book

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If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.