Elementary Chinese 1, Certificate | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
4 months
195 GBP/full
195 GBP/full
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This Elementary Chinese 1 online course at The Open University UK takes you further on your Chinese-learning journey. The course builds on previous basic knowledge of Chinese that you might have gained from our Beginners Chinese short courses. 


You will work with audio and interactive text-based materials and have access to a dedicated website, forum and learning advisers. The Elementary Chinese 1 online course at The Open University UK has no formal assessment, but you will test your knowledge by completing a quiz at the end of each unit. All the audio materials are accompanied by transcripts. The quiz questions, glossary of the key vocabulary, as well as most audio clips, are downloadable.

This course teaches Mandarin Chinese and simplified characters.

After successfully completing this short course, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of Chinese in a limited range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday situations
  • understand and use simple Chinese grammatical structures (for example, questions and statements), and common terms for everyday objects and events
  • recognise and use basic Chinese phrases in formal and informal styles of communication and use polite forms of address and greetings
  • write in Pinyin or/and character forms frequently used expressions relevant to the topics covered
  • show basic intercultural communicative competence, including an awareness of Chinese-speaking cultures and societies.

Programme Structure

The course is divided into 16 units, each covering language, culture, and reflection. Four of the 16 units (units 4, 8, 12 and 16) are dedicated to revising what you have learned. In this course, you'll learn how to effectively communicate in a wide range of situations using a variety of language structures, including:

  • asking and telling the time
  • talking about time in relation to everyday situations and habits
  • discussing timetables and schedules for shops and other facilities
  • explaining how long it takes to go somewhere
  • expressing time and other measurements approximately
  • giving more detailed directions
  • describing health issues and seeing a doctor
  • giving advice
  • talking about the present and the future
  • expressing a change in terms of state or condition
  • comparing situations in the past and the present
  • talking about changing money, exchange rates and currencies.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start: At anytime before registration end date
  • Registration closes 31 December





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course.
  • However, it's beneficial if you have some basic knowledge of Chinese, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners Chinese 1: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC001), Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC002), and/or Beginners Chinese 3: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC003).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.


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