Chinese Language Courses



Chinese Language Level 1

​Pre-requisite ​Academic Units Tutorials​
No previous study of the language ​3 ​48 hours (​36 F2F + 12 online)

Learning Objective

This is an elementary Chinese course for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. It aims to introduce Chinese language and culture through practical use of the language to students. The learning activities are designed to develop students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and gradually build up students’ confidence in using Putonghua for daily communication. In order to establish a solid foundation for long-term study, the learning of Chinese characters is an essential part of this course.


This following content will be covered:

  1. Basic phonetic and phonological knowledge of Putonghua and the Hanyu Pinyin system;
  2. Reading and writing 200 Chinese Characters;
  3. Basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in essential everyday situations, such as:
    - Greetings
    - Asking name, occupation and nationality; address
    - Introducing oneself, friends, family and others
    - Food and drinks
    - Meetings and making plans;
    - Time and Schedules
  4. Introduction to the social and culture background of the language.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to:

  • acquire a basic knowledge of Putonghua phonology;
  • be familiar with the Pinyin system and be able to use Hanyu Pinyin to master  Putonghua pronunciation;
  • have basic knowledge about Chinese characters and be able to write Chinese characters with precision;
  • be able to read and write approximately 150 Chinese characters;
  • understand and be able to use 250 words;
  • carry out simple conversations  in Chinese to achieve different social purposes.