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Chinese

Tourists in Beijing's Forbidden Palace

Chinese is spoken by about 1.6 billion people, with one fifth of the world's population now using it as their mother tongue. Chinese has become more and more popular for language learners, and with the economic development of China and its overseas investments, speakers of Chinese are in high demand. Knowledge of the language can help you in a government career, but it will also be of benefit in business and in industries such as engineering, medical, and in the non-profit and international relations sectors. Speaking Chinese can help you build relationships with people in China and overseas Chinese communities. 

Chinese modules for 2021/22 are offered at Beginner, Elementary or Intermediate levels.

They can be taken for credit or not-for-credit. Modules with 44 taught classsroom hours are worth 15 credits, those with 88 taught classroom hours are worth 30 credits. Check your level.

Most of our modules are year-long. There is a smaller selection of modules that can be taken in Semester 2, starting in the week of 24 January and finishing mid-April 2022. You can now register for these modules by filling in the online application form. All in-person modules are taught on the Mile End campus. The modules offered for Semester B are the following:

LAN4081/LAN4086B

Chinese Language and Culture 1a (Beginner)

2 x 2 hours per week: Tue 11-1 pm (Scape 0.13) AND Thu 2-4 pm (Scape 0.12)

24th January - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks

LAN4082/4087

Chinese Language and Culture 1b (Elementary)

2 x 2 hours per week: Mon 9-11 am (online) AND Fri 12-2 pm (Lang Lab 3)

24th January - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks

LAN5082/5087

Chinese Language and Culture 2b (Intermediate)

2 x 2 hours per week: Mon 10-12 (Laws 308-B) AND Thu 9:30-11:30 (Scape 0.11)

24th January - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks

Studying Mandarin at QMUL has been a truly enriching experience. Lessons are fun and interactive, and studying Mandarin has given me the confidence and basic skills to speak to a whole host of patients within the dental school. One notable moment was when a young girl turned up with her father (who spoke little English) and a translator had not been booked. To everyone’s surprise I was able to have basic communication with the father, asking his name and number to fill in forms and advising him on dates of further appointments. Being told I had made someone’s day, in an environment where they would not have been able to understand anyone, was particularly special!
— Tallulah Hall, BDS Dentistry (2020)