Course

Chinese language course

Would you like to learn Chinese, or would you like to refresh your knowledge and take it to a higher level? This course, divided into two modules, is for beginner and basic knowledge levels. You’ll learn to communicate in different situations, including work, study and holiday.

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help 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. Your teacher will always be 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. 

Please take into consideration that you will need to invest a minimum of four hours per lesson for independent study.

Chinese course modules

Module 1

Module 1 is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of Chinese. In this module, you’ll be introduced to the Chinese language and the culture of this country.

Required materials for Module 1

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)

 Module 1:   The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30

 

 

 

Module 2

Module 2 is suitable for people with basic knowledge of Chinese and people who successfully completed Module 1. Under the guidance of an experienced teacher, you will learn how to conduct a simple conversation in Chinese. You will 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.

Required materials for Module 2

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)

Contemporary Chinese (Revised Edition) Character Book1  ISBN: 9787513806190

 Module 2:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 18.30-20.30

Requirements

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of Chinese, you can simply register for Module 1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take the second module, you must first successfully complete the previous module or have a comparable level of Chinese. If you have not completed Module 1, you will need to have an intake with one of our staff members before registering for Module 2, to insure your knowledge of the language is suitable for this module. 

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download the PDF Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (0.48MB).

Registration

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

Would you like to meet us for an intake or receive more information? Please see languages-intake-ZH to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you. 

Costs per module

  • 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.

  • For Module 1, the CEFR attainment level is A1-
  • For Module 2, the CEFR attainment level is A1+