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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.

To register for a non-credit bearing module, fill in the online application form. Apply before 6 September 2021 to benefit from the early bird discount. You will be able to change or cancel your registration if it turns out the module does not fit into your timetable. An online information session for Mandarin Chinese (in which you'll be able to check your level if you're unsure) will be offered in early September.

LAN4080: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 1 (Beginner)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

88 classroom hours plus 212 hours independent study; 22 weeks

LAN4081: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 1a (Beginner)

1 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 22 weeks

LAN4081: Semester 1

Chinese Language and Culture 1a (Beginner)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September - 17th December 2021

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks

LAN4082: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 1b (Elementary)

1 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 22 weeks

LAN4082: Semester 2

Chinese Language and Culture 1b (Elementary)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

24th January - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks (Semester 2)

LAN5080: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 2 (Lower Intermediate)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

88 classroom hours plus 212 hours independent study; 22 weeks

LAN5081: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 2a (Lower Intermediate)

1 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 22 weeks

LAN5081: Semester 1

Chinese Language and Culture 2a (Lower Intermediate)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September - 17th December 2021

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks

LAN5082: Semester 2

Chinese Language and Culture 2b (Intermediate)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

24th January - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 11 weeks (Semester 2)

LAN6080: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 3 (Intermediate)

2 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

88 classroom hours plus 212 hours independent study; 22 weeks

LAN6181: year-long

Chinese Language and Culture 3a (Intermediate)

1 x 2 hours per week. Times to be confirmed

27th September 2021 - 14th April 2022

44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study; 22 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)