MANDARIN CERTIFICATE COURSES

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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.

Elementary Mandarin Course I

This course is designed for students who want to have a basic command of Chinese language and culture. Course objectives are for the student to build a solid foundation and to develop their four languages 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.

Registration is now closed and the next round of Mandarin courses will be offered in the first semester of Academic Year 2020/2021 in September 2020.

Elementary Mandarin Course II

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.

Registration is now closed and the next round of Mandarin courses will be offered in the first semester of Academic Year 2020/2021 in September 2020.

Intermediate Mandarin Course

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.

Registration is now closed and the next round of Mandarin courses will be offered in the first semester of Academic Year 2020/2021 in September 2020.

Pre-advanced Course

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.

Registration is now closed and the next round of Mandarin courses will be offered in the first semester of Academic Year 2020/2021 in September 2020.

Advanced Mandarin  Course

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 carry out daily conversations in culturally appropriate contexts. Mandarin Putonghua and simplified characters are the medium of instruction in this course.

Registration is now closed and the next round of Mandarin courses will be offered in the first semester of Academic Year 2020/2021 in September 2020.