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We offer a wide range of Mandarin courses that are open to all University staff, students and local residents. These courses are taught by experienced language teachers from Nottingham Confucius Institute China Ningbo Branch.

To book a course with us, you need to

  • Having a valid Chinese visa (NCI Ningbo does not offer visa services);
  • Email us with a completed application form to let us know your interested class and current Mandarin proficiency;
  • Meet with Mandarin teachers face to face to let them know which class is the most suitable for you;
  • Pay your tuition fee

 

 

The overall aim of the course is emphatically help students develop strong competence in listening and speaking thus students will be able to fluently communicate with Chinese people. Meanwhile, it also provides foundational knowledge in reading and writing to enable the students to pursue further exploration in future.

On completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Manipulate the language with the skills they have acquired together with some advanced grammatical structures;
    • Apply the acquired skills to cover topics in Mandarin Chinese language;
    • Work in pairs and groups;
    • Conduct structured interviews with native Chinese speakers;
    • Display great cross-cultural awareness.

Class delivery

Number of weeksNumber of sessionsSession durationClass sizeTuition fee
10 weeks 1 session per week 2 hours 5 - 15 students 1200 RMB

 

Learning outcomes

ObjectsVocabularyPractical ability
Beginner 200 - 400
  • Communicate daily conversations about greeting, time, location, shopping,   transportation, body parts, sickness, etc...
  • Understand Chinese character structure and recognize 100 character;
  • Understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content.
Intermediate 600 - 1200
  • Talk about work, habits, experiences, travel, etc... in the future, present, and past tenses (speaking);
  • Read articles of 250 words with 85% comprehension (reading);
  • Understand a passage of 200 words with 80% comprehension (listening).
Advanced 2000 - 3000
  • Do presentation on various topics (speaking);
  • Read articles of 500 words with 85% comprehension (reading);
  • Understand a passage of 400 words with 80% comprehension (listening);
  • Develop a better understanding of Chinese history and culture.

 

Class delivery

CourseNumber of weeksNumber of sessionsSession durationClass sizeTuition fee
HSK 1, 2, 3 10 weeks 2 session per week 1.5 hours 5 - 15 students 1800 RMB
HSK 4, 5, 6 10 weeks 2 session per week 2 hours 5 - 15 students 2400 RMB

 

Learning outcomes

LevelVocabularyOutcomes
HSK1 150
  • Master vocabulary of 150 words and frequently used phrases
  • Communicate in survival language about greeting, time, prices and bargain, weather, food, families etc...
  • Understand simple Chinese etiquette and language related to the course content
HSK2 300
  • Master vocabulary of 300 words and frequently used phrases
  • Communicate daily conversations about time, prices and bargain, weather, food, families etc...
  • Understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content
HSK3 600
  • Master vocabulary of 600 words and frequently used phrases
  • Communicate daily conversations about time, prices and bargain, weather, food, families etc...
  • Understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content
HSK4 1200
  • Master vocabulary of 1200 words and frequently used phrases
  • Understand a passage of 200 words with 80% comprehension (listening)
  • Read an article of 300 words with 85% comprehension (reading)
  • Write a composition of 100 words with reasonable accuracy (writing)
HSK5 2400
  • Master vocabulary of 2400 words and frequently used phrases
  • Understand a passage of 400 words with 80% comprehension (listening)
  • Read articles of 500 words with 85% comprehension (reading)
  • Write a composition of 200 words with reasonable accuracy(writing)
HSK6 5000
  • Master vocabulary of 5000 words and frequently used phrases
  • Be able to understand and express in Mandarin with good proficiency both in oral and written language

 

Private classes are tailor-made courses that will satisfy your Mandarin learning needs. You could

  1. Have an easy Mandarin test;
  2. Let us know your interest and preferred topic;
  3. Choose a textbook which suits you the most;
  4. Negotiate class time with your Mandarin teacher.

Private class packages

15 hours package30 hours package
One to 1 class: 3,300 RMB One to 1 class: 6,600 RMB
One to 2 class: 1,650 RMB One to 2 class: 3,300 RMB

 

To support the foreigners living better in Ningbo and be more engaged with the local communities, we are also offering onsite Mandarin courses for the international schools, companies or other insitutes whichever meets our requirements that at least 10 students are willing to study together. 

In April 2017, we launched two Mandarin teaching sites: