A comprehensive approach, offering interactive learning from Beginners up to Lower Intermediate level, covering oral, reading, and writing. Focus is on pronunciation with accurate intonation through use of pin yin (phonetics) and Chinese characters. Dialogue practice based on daily- life conversations in China. Incorporates auditory training and introduction to Chinese culture and customs.
Beginners – for Malaysian
and Overseas Chinese
Making sense of Chinese characters, through its evolution and use of radicals and sound components. Focused on character recognition and application in order to enable students to send/read emails and sms. Provides a good foundation for advancing to other courses. Especially suitable for those who can speak but cannot read or write and provides a shortcut to intermediate and advanced programmes.
An intensive course to equip those who are going to spend some time in China with basic communication vocabulary such as making self-introduction, asking for and giving directions, ordering food, making purchases, travelling and accommodation.
Intensive Spoken Mandarin
Equips intermediate level students with the vocabulary to speak Mandarin like a native. Gain some cultural insight while improving fluency in Mandarin for daily life use. For students who have finished Lower Intermediate level of Core Mandarin or those who have completed the Rapid Literacy Programme.
Intermediate & Advanced
Develop practical business vocabulary for use in banking, trade, business meetings and formal banquets while understanding customs and etiquette in the business context.
Students who have completed the Core Mandarin Beginner series (Foundation, Beginner 1 & 2) continue with Lower Intermediate Mandarin 1 & 2. At this level students will read Chinese characters without relying on the assistance of pin yin. A communication-based programme that takes students to the Upper Intermediate programmes such as Business Mandarin and Intensive Spoken Mandarin.
Minimum 700 Character per Requisite
Specifically tailored materials utilising actual popular cartoon series and sitcom series in China, with comprehension exercises to create interactive learning through paraphrasing and descriptive dialogue. This is a fun course, suitable for those who want to train their listening skills to understand Putonghua as spoken in China and provides plenty of opportunity to practice speaking.
Intermediate & Above
A good way to understand the culture and life in China. Articles will cover social issues, business, entertainment and education. Equips students with the skills to read headlines and abbreviated terms used in newspapers.
ESSAY & CREATIVE WRITING
Taken alone or added as a supplementary subject of students of Core Mandarin. For students who want to take their composition writing to a higher level. Suitable as part of an intensive course.
Now that you have learnt Mandarin, what better way to enhance your language skills than to immerse yourself in the language and culture in China.
Spend 2 weeks in Beijing, at Beijing Language and Culture University ("BLCU"), the top university for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and explore the rich cultural heritage of this historical and yet very modern city.
Indulge your senses in the culinary delights and party the night away in hip happening clubs. And besides having lots of fun, you'll be bringing your Mandarin to greater heights!
Intermediate & Above
Chinese Idioms and their new relevant meaning, culture and practices. Contents also include Chinese festivals, history, fables and topical issues
Imparting the methodology used in China for Teaching Chinese As a Second Language. Anticipating issues faced by non-Chinese speakers, influence of dialect on pronunciation, avoiding and overcoming commonly-made mistakes.
READING & COMPREHENSION
Taken alone or added as a supplementary subject for students of Core Mandarin. Trains students to understand passages even if they cannot read all the individual characters by using character components. Provides a deeper understanding of sentence structures and enhances vocabulary
PROFESSIONAL COURSES FOR
Intermediate & Above
Banking - banking terms and financial statements.
Airlines - Pronunciation Course for cabin crew.
Teachers - Standard Putonghua Pronunciation training.
Learning Mandarin Through Songs is a fun way to learn and remember new words in Mandarin. The course will take you through the meaning of the lyrics, use of pin yin, pronunciation and character recognition. You will come away being able to belt out recent Mandarin hits and some evergreen favourites at your next karaoke session.