MANDARIN FLUENCY PROGRAMME
The Mandarin Fluency Programme is a cutting-edge, three-stage, beginner Chinese language and culture programme. It is designed to help young adults and professionals to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market and to expand life opportunities, with the global competency and cross-culture communication skills developed through mastering an increasingly important world language - Mandarin.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nearly 1 in 6 people speak Mandarin
(that's nearly 1.1 billion people)
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS,
In this course, we will teach Mandarin the same way everyone learned their first language, through providing students copious amounts of interesting comprehensible input-messages that students understand, in a communicative language environment.
We believe that we should listen to the years of research that languages can be more effectively taught through comprehensible input rather than grammar skill building.
It surprised me how quickly I picked up words and phrases just by listening and talking without taking notes. It put me at ease not having to focus on the writing and the dreaded tones! It's completely different to learning a language in school and the small class sizes allowed for more one to one interaction with the teacher which was so useful!
THE 3 STAGES
Learning to understand and speak Mandarin is Stage 1 of our Mandarin Fluency Project. We equip learners with a solid and practical language foundation so that they can visit China and make the most out of the language immersion environment. Learners will be able to communicate with local people and colleagues, and optimise their their language fluency development as well as their cross-cultural competency. That is why learning to understand and speak Mandarin is only Stage 1 of our Mandarin Fluency Project. There are further Mandarin and cultural learning opportunities
Stage 2: Authentic Culture Experience in China
Stage 3: Work Placement in China
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DUKE OF EDINBURGH STUDENTS
5 in a class
Modules A & B
Group deals available
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
2-4 in a class
Modules A & B
Early bird discount
*GROUP DEALS AVAILABLE
3 in a class
Modules A & C
Group deals available
A. Foundation 1:
Sweet 16: Learners will be able to use the most frequent 16 verbs to talk about personal interests, needs, preferences, hobbies, places, activities and people.
B. Foundation 2:
Personal and Creative Stories: Learners will be able to communicate with others about their personal life stories and unique experiences.
C. Business 1:
Business Language: Learners will be able to acquire essential business vocabulary and use them in business contexts. Content will be tailored to the specific business learners are in.
WHAT CAN STUDENTS EXPECT?
12-24 week programme
1-2 hours a week
Small classes sizes, between 3 and 5
Taught by qualified, bilingual mentors
Virtual classes and flexible times to accommodate to your schedule
To develop fluency naturally and an ability to actually use Mandarin for communicative purposes
Gain cultural experience and introduce cultural perspectives to develop empathy and global competence
The opportunity to explore China and the Chinese culture through Stage 2 of the programme
The opportunity to gain work placement in China through Stage 3
Our goal in this course is to help students achieve a level at which they will feel confident and and empowered to conduct independent study.
The lessons will be executed using learning methods such as:
Learning through actions and movement
Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Story-telling
Visual Story-telling, Picture Talk, Movie Talk, and other
Comprehensible Input teaching strategies.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
One thing that Second Language Acquisition researchers all agree on, is this: The most important element in language acquisition is comprehensible input. Teaching with Comprehensible Input/TPRS centres on the idea that language instruction should be given in target language to convey meaning and should be understandable to students all the time. It is aimed at acquisition of the language rather than learning about the language. It incorporates relevance by exploring topics to which students have a connection in real life and by allowing students to direct the flow of the conversation. That's why our curriculum strives to provide way more authentic communicative topics and simulating “real-life communications” than any textbook materials out there.
The course will focus on the following:
High frequency phrases and structures
Language functions incorporated in a variety of communicative contexts relevant to students’ interests and unique experiences
Building a basic structure of communication by constantly guiding students to be able to talk about “where, what, who, how and when” from very early on
Integrating culture learning and connecting core vocabulary with a cultural product, perspective, or practice