Chinese (Level 1 – Conversational)$350
ScheduleDates: 16 January 2019 to 27 March 2019
Day & Time: Every Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm
Duration: 20 hours
Lessons: 10 lessons, 2 hours per lesson
About this course
The Level 1 course is for absolute beginners. English is used as the medium of instruction. This conversational course also uses the romanized Chinese alphabet, Pinyin.
In addition to covering simple Chinese dialogue (through the aid of English translations), basic grammar, vocabulary and expressions, the course will also illustrate interpersonal communication etiquette and formalities on how to address others. Even though this class emphasises on the speaking aspect of the Chinese language, it also offers a small portion on reading of Chinese characters.
Being a tonal language, the tone in which a Chinese word is spoken affects the entire meaning of the word. For example, if someone says Tóu (头) with a rising tone, it means head. However, if you say it with a high tone Tōu (偷), it means to steal. Hence, it is understandable that some might find learning Chinese a bit of a challenge. However, with a well-structured curriculum and experienced teachers, students can be rest assured that learning Chinese can be easy.
Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of the course, if they meet the minimum requirements of 70% attendance.
Students requesting direct entry to any course beyond Level 1 must undergo a placement test. Click here to enquire.
Commencement date is tentative and may be subject to change without prior notice.
Why Learn Chinese?
Out of the thousands of languages that exist in the world, Chinese is the most widely spoken. To put that into perspective, about one in five of the world’s population speaks some form of Chinese. People in different parts of China speak different forms of the Chinese language. As such, it was difficult for citizens from various provinces to communicate with each other. Hence, Mandarin Chinese, or Pǔtōnghuà (普通话), was adopted as a “common” language for the people of China to communicate with one another. Today, it is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and by far the most widely used version. In Singapore and Malaysia, Mandarin Chinese is commonly referred to as Chinese or huayǔ (华语) and in Taiwan, it is referred to as Guóyǔ (国语).
Levels Of Study
There are 3 Levels for our Conversational Chinese course – Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3.
Why Take Group Classes?
An advantage of signing up for our part-time Chinese classes is that it is a great place to meet other like-minded individuals who are just as keen about the language and culture. Classes held are immersive and interactive, enabling students to speak Chinese to one another.
The advice from other students and sharing resources will help to ease your learning journey. Additionally, some students find that they are more committed to learning a language in a group setting as compared to a private tutor!
There are no minimum requirements for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs). Foreigners would first be required to go through an interview, to assess their suitability for this course.
Corporate Language Training
With globalisation bringing people from various parts of the world together, it is crucial for businesses to adapt and be prepared for new opportunities that may come with this change in environment. Customers coming from different parts of the world may not always understand English, which may result in a language barrier between your business and your potential partners or clients.
Chinese Proficiency Test
Individuals interested in getting an accrediation for their Chinese language proficiency should consider taking the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK). Oxford Language Academy offers students taking the HSK examination, a preparatory course to help them in their studies for this examination.
With the use of phonetic exercises, students will learn proper pronunciation of the Chinese language, as well as, speaking in the correct Chinese accent. Our aim is to develop students’ conversational skills and appreciation for Chinese. Students will be able to seamlessly converse by delivering simple sentences and honing a vocabulary of at least 400 words. Hence, at the end of the course, students will be able to construct basic sentences with proper grammatical structure through the correct use of verbs.
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