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Mandarin

Mandarin is becoming one of the fastest growing languages across the globe with nearly a billion speakers.

Our part-time Mandarin courses focus on communication skills, with particular emphasis on developing your speaking skills. We will introduce you gradually to the new language and ensure that your speaking and reading skills develop through practice and reinforcement. We include grammar in our course as an understanding of grammar is important to help you understand the structures of the language.

In our lessons, while it is used as a teaching tool, English is kept to a minimum to help you become accustomed to Mandarin. Our teachers will make sure that you feel at ease while still ensuring you are actively involved.

Course Fee

Course fee is determined on number of students per intake and ranges between R5 600 - R5 900.

Duration

Each module runs for 10 weeks (40 hours).

Qualification

Participants are required to obtain a minimum of 80% attendance on the beginner's (1A) course to qualify for a Certificate of Attendance. For all other levels, participants can choose between Certificates of Attendance or Competence, with the successful completion of tests in addition to 80% attendance as the measure of competence.

Programme Overview

We offer courses at three levels, although the higher level courses are dependent on demand:
- Level 1 (Beginner)
- Level 2 (Elementary)
- Level 3 (Pre-Intermediate)

Each level consists of two 40-hour modules. Completing the beginner’s level therefore takes 80 hours in total. Each course is based on one module, and you receive a Certificate of Attendance on completing Module A, provided you attend at least 80% of the course. Participants who write the tests in the second module and successfully complete Module B obtain a Certificate of Competence. The tests are only obligatory for those who want a competence certificate. Alternatively, those who would rather not do the tests receive a report as well as a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • 18 years or older
  • Matric certificate or equivalent
  • Placement tests are available for applicants who have previous experience of the language. (Assessment is conducted on registration) 
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