MANDARIN CERTIFICATE COURSES

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MANDARIN CERTIFICATE COURSES2022-08-11T15:01:32+08:00

Chinese is a language spoken by the largest number of population in the world. With its long history of development, rich culture, and booming economy, it has attracted more than 100 million learners annually worldwide. UM Confucius Institute offer mandarin courses that aim to help non-native speakers to acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills of Chinese language in areas of vocabulary and grammar, the Chinese culture and society, in order to communicate fluently with the Chinese people. UM Confucius Institute offers “Elementary Mandarin I”, “Elementary Mandarin II”, “Intermediate I Mandarin”, “Intermediate Mandarin II”, “Pre-advanced Mandarin” and “Advanced Mandarin” courses in Fall and Spring semesters each academic year. The courses are free-of-charge and open to the public. The first batch of courses launched in September 2018 and were very well-received by the local community.

Important Notes for 1st Semester, AY2022/2023 Mandarin Courses

1. These are all intensive language courses that comprise of whole class lectures, tutorials, assignments, exams/presentations. The courses will be held at the University of Macau campus, but may change according to the advice of the Macau SAR Government relating to the measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic.
2. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and spend at least 1-2 hours per week to prepare for the classes and conduct assignments outside of the classroom.
3. Attendance is very crucial for these courses. Students are required to attend at least 80% of all class meetings (i.e. 24 out of 30 sessions). Late and/or leave class early with a span of 15 minutes or more in total will also be considered as absent.
4. For COVID-19 preventive measures, students are required to wear face masks at all times during each class, and present their Macau Health Code before entering the classroom. As advised by the Education and Youth Development Bureau, starting from 21 February 2022, all staff and students entering the University of Macau campus must present either a proof of completing full vaccination (i.e. 2 doses) against COVID-19 for 14 days or a proof of negative nucleic acid test result sampled within 7 days. Students who failed to present either proof will be count as absent for that class session.

Course LevelElementary IElementary IIIntermediate IIntermediate IIPre-advanced Advanced
Dates:22/08 – 14/12/22Class A: 23/08 –  13/12/22 
Class B: 23/08 –  13/12/22 
25/08 – 02/12/2223/08 – 13/12/2222/08 – 14/12/2222/08 – 14/12/22
Day of the Week:Mon & Wed

Class A: Tue & Thurs

Class B: Tue & Fri

Thurs & FriTue & ThursMon & WedMon & Wed
Time:Class A: 6:30-8:00pm
Class B: 8:00-9:30pm
Class A: 6:30-8:00pm
Class B: 8:00-9:30pm
Thursday: 8:00-9:30pm
Friday: 6:30-8:00pm
8:00-9:30pm8:00-9:30pm6:30-8:00pm
Description:This course is designed for students who want to have a basic command of Chinese language and culture. Course objectives are for students to build a solid foundation and to develop their four language skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. The emphasis is on correct pronunciation, accurate tones and mastery of basic grammatical structures. The relationship between language and culture and the sociolinguistically appropriate use of language will be stressed throughout.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Use a number of words and phrases to answer questions about basic person information. 
Semester:1st Semester, Academic Year 2022/2023
Date: 22/08/2022 – 14/12/2022 (every Mondays and Wednesdays)
Time: Class A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Class B: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Description:This course, as a continuation of Integrated Chinese: elementary level I, aims to further enhance students’ proficiency of the Chinese language. They are expected to understand Chinese texts, use the language correctly and confidently, and know some Chinese culture through language learning. Through classroom practice, students will gain a basic command of the spoken and written language, as well as the cultural knowledge in which this living language is embedded.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Create with the language in straightforward social situations; 
  • Handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks related to basic personal information and daily life with short sentences;
  • Can ask a few appropriate questions.
Semester:1st Semester, Academic Year 2022/2023
Date: Class A: 23/08/2022 – 13/12/2022 (every Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Class B: 23/08/2022 – 13/12/2022 (every Tuesdays and Fridays)
Time: Class A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Class B: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Description:This course is designed for students with prior knowledge in Chinese. It will further develop students’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in modern Chinese as well as to deepen understanding of Chinese culture and social issues. Students will carry on conversations and participate in classroom discussions in Mandarin Chinese on various topics associated with daily life. Mandarin Putonghua and simplified characters are the medium of instruction in this course.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Produce response consisting of sentences or strings of sentences;
  • Handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks related to personal information and daily life in straightforward social situations;
  • Can ask a variety of questions to obtain simple information to satisfy basic needs.
Semester:1st Semester, Academic Year 2022/2023
Date: 25/08/2022 – 02/12/2022 (every Thursdays and Fridays)
Time: Thursday: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Friday: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Description:This course is a continuation of Intermediate I, aiming to enhance students’ skills and competence in using Chinese in general situations. It will cultivate students’ four basic language skills including speaking, listening, reading and writing, with substantial emphasis laid upon developing their oral communication skills and reading comprehension. Mandarin Putonghua and simplified characters are the medium of instruction in this course.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Handle successfully communicative tasks related to personal information and daily life with ease and confidence; 
  • Can use connected discourse of paragraph length to narrate and describe.
Semester:1st Semester, Academic Year 2022/2023
Date: 23/08/2022 – 13/12/2022 (every Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Description:This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate II Chinese or the equivalent. While many of the linguistic tasks students learn to handle are similar to those of Intermediate Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. It aims to help students to build up a more comprehensive understanding of the fundamental grammar of the language, and expand their knowledge of its core vocabulary and commonly used phrases. Students will carry on conversations and participate in classroom discussions in Mandarin Chinese on various topics associated with daily life. Mandarin Putonghua and simplified characters are the medium of instruction in this course.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Handle a variety of communicative tasks;
  • Talk about some topics related to work, current events and matters of public and community interests;
  • Convey the intended message accurately, clearly and precisely.
Semester:1st Semester, Academic Year 2022/2023
Date: 22/08/2022 – 14/12/2022 (every Mondays and Wednesdays)
Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Description:This advanced Chinese course is offered to students with experience on listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate level. It aims to help students to increase the sophistication of their oral and written expression, improve their reading and listening comprehension, and communicate information on autobiographical topics, as well as topics of community, national, or international interest in culturally appropriate contexts. Mandarin Putonghua and simplified characters are the medium of instruction in this course.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Handle with ease and confidence a variety of communicative tasks and topics; 
  • Provide a structured argument to support their own opinions;
  • Construct hypotheses;
  • Discuss some topics abstractly.
Semester:1st Semester, Academic Year 2022/2023 
Date: 22/08/2022 – 14/12/2022 (every Mondays and Wednesdays)
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Eligibility: 1. Non-native Chinese speakers (i.e. mother tongue is neither Cantonese nor Mandarin)
2. Adults over 18 years old with a valid permit to stay in Macau
3. An oral proficiency interview will be conducted by phone with those who applied to Elementary Mandarin II or above level
Fee:Free of charge
Venue:University of Macau (Classes from 22 Aug to 16 Sept 2022 will be held online via Zoom, and the mode of teaching after 16 Sept will be decided based on the severity of the epidemic and announcement will be made in early-September by email) 
Award of Certificate: Students who have fulfilled the 80% attendance requirement (i.e. attended at least 24 classes), participated in all parts of the final assessment, and obtained a final grade of D or above in the final assessment, will be issued a Certificate of Completion.
Registration:

***Classes from 22 Aug to 16 Sept 2022 will be held online via Zoom, and the mode of teaching after 16 Sept will be decided based on the severity of the epidemic and announcement will be made in early-September by email***

Application Period: 25/07/2022 (Mon) 14:00 – 11/08/2022 (Thu) 11:00
Oral proficiency interview to be conducted by phone (for Elementary Mandarin II or above level registrants ONLY): 11-12/08/2022
Announcement of Application Results (via email): 17/08/2022 (Wed)

Important Notes:
1) Late submission will NOT be entertained.
2) Seats are limited and will be allocated by computer balloting.
3) Each applicant will only be permitted to enroll to one course per semester, and those who would like to enroll to Elementary Mandarin I or II will have to select either “Class A” or “Class B”.
4) It is important that applicants read carefully the step-by-step guide and FAQ before registering. Please make sure you “submit” your application after adding the course to the cart, and only submitted application will be considered. You should receive a confirmation email with an application reference number if your application has been submitted successfully.
5) Applicants are required to upload a copy of their ID or valid visa permit onto the application form.
6) The UM Confucius Institute reserves the right to make the final decision in case of any disputes during the application and selection process.

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Course Flyer: Download from here