PROGRAMME CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
INTRODUCTION AND CULTURAL AWARENESS WEEK
Your programme will start with a cultural immersion week where you’ll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs. Your mornings will be spent learning how to speak Chinese and understanding cultural customs before adventuring into the local towns and cities and exploring the streets while socialising with the locals. You’ll have opportunities to visit a Confucius temple and a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery. It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting to know China and some of its cultural aspects first hand.
The main language training is located in Fengyan in the beautiful Karst mountain area of Guangxi Province. The course covers Mandarin, both spoken and written (characters and pinyin). They are run in small groups or, particularly at more advanced levels, on a one to one tutorial basis so that they can be tailored to individual needs. Following initial language learning at our Centre in Fengyan, SKYPE delivery can be arranged so that tuition can continue remotely for individuals who wish to travel in China – or even after they have returned to their home country.
These are included in the Cultural Immersion week. This week is the start point for those on their first visit to China and who have very little or no Chinese language. It covers the basics and will at least get you to the level of shopping for basic requirements and ordering food in a restaurant! See separate programme description).
Beginner Level Classes:
These focus on practicing everyday phrases and conversations that will help you to get by in China in a variety of situations. These classes will enable you to tour China and get the most out of your visit in China: whether simply meeting and greeting people, buying local foods and bargaining for a good price, or travelling around. They will also, if you are teaching English in China, enable you to use classroom phrases that every teacher might need: ‘please be quiet’, ‘show me your exercise book’, ‘repeat after me’ are good examples. Our tutors will also accompany you on various visits so you can practice your skills.
Intermediate and Advanced Level Classes:
These courses are for those who have already attained some proficiency in the Chinese language through previous study and/or those who already have Chinese language qualifications. They will include written and spoken Chinese, using both pinyin and Chinese characters. These courses are intended to build fluency in both spoken and written conversations. They are likely to appeal to those who want to take their language learning further, whether to supplement the learning they have already had in their home country in a supported ‘immersion’ context, or whether they need that fluency to further their studies in China or business.
For intermediate and advanced level Chinese language options, three to six months is recommended to achieve proficiency. To facilitate learning during these longer periods, ‘Skype’ tutorial delivery can be arranged, wherever you are in China, or even after you have returned to your home country. Please speak to your Project Coordinator for details and costs.
The exact schedule is subject to change depending upon your needs and requirements. Typically however, after the ‘taster’ sessions in the Cultural Immersion week, there will be four hours of 'formal' Chinese language training per day, five days a week plus homework/self-study and accompanied visits so that you can practice your Chinese in 'real life' situations.
You will have your weekends free to explore enjoy your local surroundings, tour the area or simply relax.
The actual study plan will be tailored according to your level and students will be grouped together according to their language ability.
All training will include speaking, listening, reading, and vocabulary and some written Chinese and local colloquialisms in different parts of China.
PROJECT START DATES & HOLIDAYS
Programmes start every Sunday, all year round.