Course

Chinese language course

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help to you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. You will also learn to identify and memorise basic Chinese characters. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher is a (near-) native speaker, and the group lesson will be conducted in Chinese as much as possible. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary. 

After completing the second module, you will be able to communicate in Chinese in everyday situations. After completing module 3, you will be able to read 300 Chinese Characters, reaching the HSK level 2 (A2).

For available times for the courses below, please see the course dates and the registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • For Chinese 1 (ZH-1): A1-
  • For Chinese 2 (ZH-2): A1plus
  • For Chinese 3 (ZH-3): A2

Chinese 1(code ZH-1)

Chinese 1 is intended for people with no prior knowledge of Chinese. In this course, you will  be introduced to the Chinese language and the culture of this country.

Course materials:

  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Textbook (new edition 2014) ISBN 978-7-5138-0617-6 
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Exercise Book (new edition 2014) ISBN 978-7-5138-0618-3
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 MP3 discs (new edition 2014) ISBN 9787887172839

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

A new round of courses starts in February 2019.

Certificate A1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Chinese 2 (code ZH-2)

This course is intended for people with basic knowledge of Chinese and people who successfully completed Course 1.

In this course you will:

  • learn how to conduct a simple conversation in Chinese;
  • get an insight into basic grammar and syntax, and learn the most important words for common, everyday conversations;
  • You will also learn to identify and memorise Chinese characters.

Course materials:

  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Textbook (new edition 2014)  ISBN 978-7-5138-0617-6
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Exercise Book (new edition 2014) ISBN 978-7-5138-0618-3
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 MP3 discs (new edition 2014) ISBN 9787887172839
  • Contemporary Chinese (Revised Edition) Character Book1  ISBN: 9787513806190

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

A new round of courses starts in February 2019.

Certificate A1plus: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Registration and intake

You can register for a course module by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

No intake is needed. Just register for the beginner’s course if you have no knowledge of the language yet or would like to start from the beginning.  You can register for a second course if you have prior knowledge and believe the higher level better suits your need. During the first lesson the teacher reserves the right to advise a lower or higher level if better suited given your current knowledge level.

Costs per course

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff and alumni € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. To obtain these credits included on your degree certificate, you must submit a request to your Board of Examiners. Whether these credits are granted depends on your faculty.