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Chinese for Travellers

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

PLEASE NOTE: When online enrolment is closed, you can still book this course directly via the Confucius Institute for Scotland.


Tel: +44 (0) 131 662 2180


An introductory course for learners who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It is designed for those who are planning to visit China for tourism purposes. Running for 12.5 hours over 5 weeks, this course takes learners through basic expressions needed in typical conversational situations for travellers. Pronunciation and conversations will be the focus of this course. Chinese characters will be presented in teaching materials together with pinyin (romanisation of Chinese pronunciation) but not taught. After taking this course, learners will be equipped with basic vocabulary and expressions to deal with some typical situations when travelling in China, and will have become more familiar with cultural features in these situations.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • pronouncing Chinese names
  • Understand cultural aspects and key vocabulary on
    • greetings
    • expressing gratitude or objections
    • taking transportations,
    • checking in/out at a hotel
    • ordering food etc.

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.

Students will be taught in a group with the emphasis on speaking and listening.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students


* will have learned to pronounce Chinese names
* have started to tune in to the sounds of Chinese language and the tones
*  have learned some basic phrases used in for social interaction
*  gained an understanding of some cultural aspects of independent travelling in China

Students will be taught in a group with the emphasis on speaking and listening.



Core Readings

No advance reading is required.  Students will benefit from practice outwith the class and should aim to spend 1-2 hours per week reviewing materials.


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.