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Courses for everyone

We offer a variety of Chinese (Mandarin) classes for groups and individuals to suit a range of interests and abilities. We can tailor courses to suit your particular needs and we can also prepare you to sit the internationally recognised HSK Mandarin language exam. For more information, or for details about how to apply, please email us at: confuciusinstitute@bangor.ac.uk or call: 01248 388555.

Free Chinese Courses

Mandarin Evening Classes

The Confucius Institute’s courses follow the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) curriculum, which is a globally recognised programme for Chinese language proficiency of non-native Chinese speakers. For your information, the HSK course levels have been mapped to the Common European Framework (CEFR) for Languages (please see here). Once you have completed your HSK course you have the option of taking the HSK Test, which is a formal recognition of your Chinese language ability and demonstrates your skills to potential employers, universities, and other international organisations.

Confucius Institute at Bangor University is an official HSK testing centre so you will be able to take the test after you have completed your studies. Please note that the exam fee is not included in the course.

Each academic year we offer Mandarin evening courses ranging from Beginners HSK Level 1 to Advanced HSK Level 6. Our courses usually commence in September, January and May. Registration for the evening course that will start in January 2020 is open now.

Please see the course details below (starting week commencing 27th January 2020).

HSK Level 1

HSK 1: Register now!

The course is designed for English speaking adults who are complete beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese language.

Course Details:

  • Classes Per Week: Twice per Week  (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Class Times: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (1.5 hours)
  • Total Hours: 30 hours over 20 sessions (10 consecutive weeks x 3 hours)
  • Start date: Tuesday 28th January 2020
  • Venue: Confucius Institute, Alun Roberts Building, 9th floor, Deiniol Road, Bangor, LL57 2UW.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  • Attain all features of the A1 Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Master pinyin and the Mandarin phonetic system
  • Exchange everyday greetings for themselves and others
  • Ask and respond to simple questions including dates, age, nationality, locations, weather.
  • Participate in basic conversation concerning work, travel and shopping.
  • Develop a speaking vocabulary of 150 of the most commonly used words.
  • Develop knowledge of fifty basic grammar points.
  • Develop a written vocabulary of 150 words.
  • Understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs in relation to course content.

Course Fees

  • Members of the public £110
  • Bangor University students and staff £90

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HSK Level 2

HSK 2: Register now!

The course is designed for English speaking adults who have completed the 10-week HSK Level 1 course; have an excellent command of Pinyin and a speaking and listening vocabulary of 150 words.

Course Details:

  • Classes Per Week: Twice per Week (Monday and Wednesday)
  • Class Times: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (1.5 hours)
  • Total Hours: 30 hours over 20 sessions (10 consecutive weeks x 3 hours)
  • Start date: Monday 27th January 2020
  • Venue: Confucius Institute, Alun Roberts Building, 9th floor, Deiniol Road, Bangor, LL57 2UW.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  • Attain all features of the A2 Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Develop speaking and listening vocabulary of 300 most frequently used Chinese words and relevant grammar
  • Develop a written vocabulary of 200 characters
  • Would be able to communicate effectively in everyday routine tasks requiring simple and direct exchange (e.g. ask for information on locations and directions and how to respond; ask questions about travelling and shopping; ask time-related questions; communicate daily conversations about food, families etc.)

Course Fees

  • Members of the public £110
  • Bangor University students and staff £90

Useful links:

Enquiries

For enquiries and further details, please contact confuciusinstitute@bangor.ac.uk

One-to-one classes

We offer a variety of one to one Mandarin classes for individuals who require more flexibility with their learning. We can tailor the lessons to suit your particular needs and we can also prepare you to sit the internationally recognised HSK Mandarin language exam. The lessons can be delivered at your convenience in our offices at Alun Roberts Building 9th floor, Deiniol Road, Bangor University, or as a distance learning course over Skype.

We offer language lessons: for students/staff and general public who want to learn Mandarin as a hobby, are working towards an exam, need it for work, or thinking about traveling to China. Your first consultation session is free, after which the Institute charges £20 per hour for general public, £15 per hour for Bangor University staff and £10 per hour for Bangor University students.

If you are interested in taking one-to-one lessons please complete the enquiry formand send it to confuciusinstitute@bangor.ac.uk and one of our staff members will be in contact with you shortly.

Terms and conditions

  • The Confucius Institute (CI) charges £20 per hour session for general public, £15 per hour session for Bangor University staff and £10 per hour session for Bangor University students (with the first hour free of charge).
  • Payment can be made in cheque (payable to Bangor University), by cash, or by credit card (the credit card payments can be made at Bangor University finance office).
  • The dates of the lessons are to be agreed by the CI teacher and client.
  • The learning materials are provided by the Confucius Institute (except for recommended textbooks).
  • Please note that a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for cancellation or rescheduling.