Language learning is integral to the ability to develop an international perspective on life and learning and enhances personal development and employability. The challenge of learning a language develops the empathy necessary for greater cultural and political awareness, which is a crucial aspect of being an educated ‘global citizen’.
This Chinese Language and Culture Level 1 course from Queen Mary University of London emphasises the growing importance globally of the Chinese world through the study of the language.
Learners are exposed to listening and reading items to develop their understanding, and participate in speaking and writing activities designed to develop their fluency and accuracy in both media. The overall desired outcome is for learners to deal comfortably, confidently and competently at a basic level with the language required to cope effectively with a range of circumstances and situations.
The overall aims are for learners to develop a sound foundation in Mandarin Chinese alongside an ability to approach communication in the language in a confident and competent manner.
The first aim is for learners to move from no knowledge, or very rudimentary knowledge, to a basic but competent level in language occurring in everyday situations and to be able to understand and analyse basic texts, such as signs. In brief, the course lays a solid foundation from which the learner is able to progress to higher levels fairly independently and to provide the tools to be able to communicate in everyday situations relating to practical matters.
Learners are exposed to real language samples, both audio and textual, and have the opportunity to produce language through tasks designed to build confidence and competence at every stage. Both accuracy and fluency are valued, and so grammar and structure are an integral part of the course. These elements are not taught in isolation, but within an overall framework which trains learners to use appropriate grammar and structure for the specific language purpose and function required.
Programme StructureLearning outcomes
- To achieve effective communication in Mandarin Chinese with competent speakers of the language
- To exploit, for a variety of purposes, a range of materials, written and spoken, in Mandarin Chinese
- To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures and registers of Mandarin Chinese
- To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and society gained through the study of basic written and aural texts and other cultural products in the target language.
- 19 days
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To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
- if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
- if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+
- We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
International1900 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1900 GBP for the full programme during 19 days.
National1900 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1900 GBP for the full programme during 19 days.
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.