In this course participants extend their basic knowledge of Mandarin Chines, CEF-level A1. After this training you have learned enough Mandarin Chinese to have a friendly conversation with colleagues, to ask directions, and travel and study in China. Afterwards there is a possibility to register for the HSK exams, organised by the Confucius Institute in Groningen and Leiden. The HSK exam is an international test that measures the level of knowledge of the Chinese language.
The practicing of skills is embedded in relevant everyday situations and events with focus on issues like housing, study, travel and work in China.
For this course, a modern learning method with an emphasis on spoken Mandarin Chinese will be used.
The extension of communicative competences is the central learning objective of this course. Learning from and with each other is essential. Pair and group work therefore play an important role.
This training is set up as a course of twelve lessons given by a professional language teacher. Attendance at every lesson is essential. The course consists of 24 contact hours, with one session per week, each session lasting two hours. Homework is expected to take approximately two hours per lesson.