A distinctive feature of the Edge Hill Confucius Institute is its provision of language and cultural activities and opportunities that are available for University Students, Teachers, Primary and Secondary Schools, Colleges, members of the local community and businesses.
All of our language teachers are native Mandarin speakers, fully qualified teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.
Edge Hill University can offer:
- Activity sessions for children of all ages.
- Professional Development for teachers and trainee teachers wanting to enhance the quality of Mandarin Chinese teaching.
- Opportunities for students studying at Edge Hill, the local community and businesses to gain a greater understanding of Chinese Language and Culture through classes which are FREE.
Mandarin Language Course
New Course Starting In January 2020
All courses are free and open to University students, staff and the general public.
HSK 1 (Suitable for Beginners)
This beginners’ course introduces students to the basic features of the Chinese language: pronunciation of the four tones and the key sounds in Chinese; the different components of Chinese characters; and the main sentence structures.
The teaching approach is interactive and mainly focused on building students’ listening and speaking skills. It also expands the ability of reading and writing Chinese characters.
It will also provide some knowledge of Chinese culture. There are two courses running:
Thursday 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm Starting 23rd January 2020
This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for at least 60 hours. At the end of this course, students should have a command of 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns. Students who have studied Mandarin before and would like to work towards HSK2 can join this class at any time.
We aim to make classes enjoyable and stimulating. You will have plenty of opportunity to practise speaking, reading and writing in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
The course runs every Tuesday 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm starting on Tuesday 24th September. Click here to book a place
Pre-requisite: Students should have passed HSK Level 2; have completed 80 hours Mandarin learning, or have the equivalent learning experience, and be keen to further improve their Chinese proficiency level.
Course description: This course will cover an introduction to the HSK exam structure, HSK 3 vocabulary lists, a range of topics covered in HSK 3, as well as grammar and sentence structure. The tutor will work through several past exam papers with the students in order to improve their exam confidence alongside their listening, reading and writing skills.
This course runs every Saturday 10 am – 12 noon starting 12th October. Click here to book a place
Introductory Language and Cultural Courses
New Course Starting January 2020
Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture (10 week course)
Starting Thursday 23rd January 2020 – 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
The course is free and open to University students, staff and the general public.
The two-hour sessions include:
- Basic Mandarin language
- Calligraphy and Chinese Characters
- Paper cutting and Lantern Making
- Use of chopsticks
- Chinese Brush painting
- Dragon Making
- Chinese festivals – including Chinese New Year
- Chinese lunar calendar and associated animals
Mandarin Language Courses for University Students
Students studying at Edge Hill University may have the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese alongside their degree programme as an optional 20-credit language module. This language module is offered in collaboration with the Language Centre.
This language module will be tailored to your current level of understanding and experience and will offer both University academic credits and also the opportunity to undertake the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) and offer a valuable addition to your CV.
The taught element is free and you will only pay a small fee for the exam at the end of each level of study. The termly programmes will have weekly two hour sessions and will be available for all students.
There will be sponsored opportunities to visit China for those who have achieved 30 hours of Mandarin or a HSK qualification.
Mandarin Language Café
Free for all
Mandarin Language Café
Drop in Fridays 10.30 am – 12.00 pm starting 11th October 2019 – 13th December 2019
The aim of the Mandarin Café is to provide a relaxed, informal learning environment where you can develop your Mandarin language skills. All levels are welcome from beginners just starting to learn Mandarin to those who want to improve their language skills.
This is free and open to University students, staff and the general public.
The Confucius Institute is able to provide short courses to meet the needs of anyone in the community, schools, local businesses and the university. We will tailor these to the audience and their needs. Please contact us and the Confucius institute Manager will meet with you to discuss your needs and the options available.