By the end of this course, you will have mastered the basics of the Mandarin language, both grammar and vocabulary; you will have learnt enough either to go off to a country where Mandarin is spoken and pick it up there, or possibly to embark upon more formal study.
Unit 1 - The accident
You will be able to use Mandarin to describe an accident and also offer help; you will also revise a lot of the material covered at the previous level.
Unit 2 - Using a gadget
You will be able to talk about simple operations in Mandarin, asking and describing how things work.
Unit 3 - Student days
You will be able to talk about your education and describe what you used to do when you were younger.
Unit 4 - Murder at sea!
You will be able to talk about travel by sea, and about a series of events in the past.
Unit 5 - If I won the lottery…
You will be able to use your Mandarin to speculate on what you would do if something else were to happen.
Unit 6 - Parents and children
You will be able to discuss family relationships, and you will know how to give advice and make recommendations in Mandarin.
Unit 7 - The world of art
You will be able to describe pictures or photos in Mandarin, and also talk about things happening in the distant past.
Unit 8 - Lives of the famous
You will be able to understand and give descriptions of people’s lives in Mandarin, and also talk about the lives of famous stars.
Unit 9 - Reading material
You will be able to talk about books and newspaper articles which you’ve read, and begin to understand passages of written Mandarin; you will also be better equipped to make intelligent guesses about meanings.
Unit 10 - Your country and mine
You will be able to make comparisons between countries, and you will also have looked at some of the harder points of Mandarin grammar not covered in these courses, so that you can recognise them in the future.
Information on options for Mandarin classes at level 6 is provided under Mandarin timetable.
If we have Mandarin classes beyond level 6, they are generally conversation- based, with the teacher using perhaps an article from a Mandarin newspaper as the basis for discussion.
Course timetables and enrolment