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Chinese Beginners 3

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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


This course is the continuation of Beginners 2. The emphasis remains on continuing development of listening and speaking skills. More expressions regarding calendar time and locations will be introduced so that students will be able to include more details in conversations. More complex grammar, including function words indicating a change of situation and past experience, will be touched upon. There will also be more notes helping students to learn more about Chinese society and culture. Students continue to be encouraged to recognise and write Chinese characters.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • Expressions of calendar time;
  • Expressions used to describe one’s appearance ;
  • Expressions regarding directions, locations and existence;
  • 过indicating past experience;
  • 了indicating a change to situation

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. To benefit fully from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least 1-2 hours revising each class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Express times correctly and fluently;
  • Describe one’s appearance;
  • Ask for and give directions;
  • Describe locations and existence;
  • Talk about holiday plans;
  • Compose simple sentences with function words 过and 了


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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.