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Beginners' Chinese, Short Course

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This key introductory Beginners' Chinese module at The Open University UK will take you through a wide range of practical situations such as socialising, shopping and getting around.


What you will study in the Beginners' Chinese module at The Open University UK

This module has at its core the following elements:

  • a step-by-step introduction to the Mandarin Chinese speech sounds and the formation of Chinese characters
  • user-friendly, concise instruction dealing with the Chinese grammar and language use, and useful information on relevant cultural aspects
  • gradual introduction of basic vocabulary, set phrases and sentence patterns
  • audio materials, featuring recordings by native speakers of Chinese
  • regular online listening, speaking, reading and grammar exercises with immediate feedback to monitor your progress
  • gradual development of study and language skills.

The study materials are carefully structured and graded, and provide ample opportunities to practise the language in realistic contexts. 

This module presents Mandarin Chinese in simplified characters accompanied by pinyin throughout the first part of print and online materials (note: pinyin is used less in the second half of the materials). There are notes on significant regional variations in the language whenever relevant.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

This module is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

You will have developed your knowledge and understanding of the language as well as an awareness of cultural diversity in Chinese speaking countries which form a key part of the learning outcomes for studying at this level. 

By the end of the module you will have developed key OU level 1 undergraduate study skills such as learning to work independently and using strategies which enable you to solve problems and analyse data.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning. 
  • No prior knowledge of Chinese is required to study this module.

Tuition Fee


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  • Available to students of any age, the government pays your fees, and you repay in affordable monthly instalments. There’s nothing to pay until April 2017 and repayments start at just £30 a month if your income is £25,000. And you’ll pay nothing at all if you earn below £21,000.

Monthly instalments

  • With an OU Student Budget Account (OUSBA) the annual fee is calculated and spread out in monthly instalments.

Employer sponsorship

  • If you’re studying for vocational reasons your employer may be willing to pay part or all of your tuition fees.

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Financial support

  • If you are on a low income or on certain benefits, and are looking to develop your confidence and study skills, you could apply for our Access to Success Route (with limited places, jointly funded by the OU and the government’s National Scholarship Programme).

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