Courses

Course Descriptions

BMA offers three levels for short term students.

Elementary Level: The purpose of this course is to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese. The course has an emphasis on oral skills with classes in listening and speaking with initial presentation of the written language, both reading and writing.

 

A large emphasis is placed on mastering the phonetic system so as set a good foundation for further Chinese studies with the correct pronunciation and intonation. While the learning of sentence patterns is a major component of the course, efforts will be made to help students handle simple everyday tasks such as greeting, introducing friends and relatives, identifying people or objects, asking for one's personal information (including name, occupation, nationality, address, phone number), expressing gratitude to someone, sending someone your regard, making a reply to a complimentary remark, talking about your family, your school and your studies, looking for someone, seeing a guest off, asking the time, making an appointment, making an invitation, making a suggestion, asking for someone’s opinion, buying something, and offering congratulations.

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Elementary 1 No experience required Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 7.5 hours;
Oral Chinese 7.5 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Elementary 2 250 characters; approx. 1-2 months Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 7.5 hours;
Oral Chinese 7.5 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Elementary 3 500 characters; approx. 3-4 months Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 7.5 hours;
Oral Chinese 7.5 hours

 

Intermediate Level: The purpose of this course is to continue to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese by expanding on the base of elementary Chinese. The course will provide instruction in all four language skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.

Many of the grammatical constructions introduced in first year Chinese will be repeated in this course with increasing sophistication in terms of style and usage. While many of the linguistic tasks students will learn to handle are similar to those of first year Chinese, the level of language required to carry out these tasks is more advanced. In this course students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese.

By the end of this course, students are expected to deal with daily-life related Chinese in a target language environment with no difficulty. Topics covered include: buying things, making an invitation, making an appointment, offering congratulations, asking for one's age, asking for opinions from others, presenting a gift, asking the way, making a telephone call, refusing politely, shopping, entertaining a guest, asking for information, complimenting, exchanging amenities, making a plan, asking for permission, welcoming a guest, waiting for someone, proposing a toast (if you are above 21 years old), confirming something, talking about ball games, seeing someone off, traveling, and buying tickets.


Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Intermediate 1 1000 characters Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 7.5 hours;
Oral Chinese 7.5 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Intermediate 2 1750 characters Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 7.5 hours;
Oral Chinese 7.5 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Intermediate 3 2500 characters Comprehensive (reading/writing) Chinese 7.5 hours;
Oral Chinese 7.5 hours

 

Advanced Level: The purpose of the course is to continue to develop their skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese.

Students will continue to improve their linguistic skills with a manageable degree of challenge. At the functional level, this course aims at helping students solidify their ability to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. It seeks to enable students to understand face-to-face conversations on most familiar topics, give factual accounts, read materials written in formal expression, and write simple essays, reports and other types of correspondence. There is a heavy emphasis on reading from this level covering topics such as current events, social sciences, history, and literature. Discussions on the reading materials will be conducted regularly to develop students' skills of abstract reasoning, narration and description.

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Advanced 1 3250 characters Oral Chinese 7.5 hours
Colloquial Chinese 7.5 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Advanced 2 3250 characters Oral Chinese 7.5 hours
Business Chinese 7.5 hours

Course Expected ability or experience Weekly Class Arrangement
Advanced 3 3250 characters Oral Chinese 7.5 hours
Chinese News 7.5 hours

 

Further Elective Courses: Any students can take these available electives. The speed of the class depends on the students’ ability to comprehend, and the instructor is quite flexible with this. The goal is to ensure the students to learn the most out the classes.

  • HSK Preparation
  • Popular Chinese
  • Chinese TV Drama
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Idioms
  • Chinese Pronunciation
  • Business Chinese
  • Chinese Television News
  • Chinese Newspapers

 

 

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  • Beijing

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    3610 Capital Mansions,
    6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang
    Beijing, 100027
    Phone: (+86) 10 8468 3799 
  • London

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    154 Bishopsgate
    London EC2M 4LN
    United Kingdom
    Phone: (+44) 0207 377 84 
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    China Study Abroad Ltd
    Rm 604-7 Dominion Centre
    43-59 Queen’s Road East
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (+852) 800 968 924 

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