Diploma in Chinese (Mandarin)

Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €745 (or €795 if paying the course fee in instalments)

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more  classroom-based courses can do so at a fee of €795 per course.

Start date:  April 2014

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

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This course will give students the skills they need to speak and communicate in simple Chinese (Mandarin) in everyday contexts. Attention is paid to character writing, pronunciation, Chinese grammar, dialogues and Chinese culture. No previous knowledge of Chinese language is required. The course uses “New Practical Chinese Reader”, a textbook developed by Beijing Language and Culture University, which will take students through a wide range of practical situations such as greetings, shopping and getting around. By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate within a limited range of daily life situations.

Course Information

Tony Wang graduated with an LL.B degree from University of Wales in 2009, and went on to complete an LLM degree in Corporate & Financial Law from the University of Glasgow.

He has extensive experience in advising foreign companies in China, and is fully conversant with both Chinese and Irish culture. He speaks and writes fluent Chinese Mandarin as well as English, and is uniquely equipped to bridge the linguistic and cultural divide between east and the west. He has taught introductory, elementary, intermediate and advanced Chinese as a foreign language to participants from a number of large multinational companies. Tony’s years of teaching experience has provided him with a deep understanding of Chinese language teaching. Tony brings a wealth of program development, business consulting and market communication experience to City Colleges.

Conversation Practice:  
Students will thoroughly master the key sentences illustrating the fundamental language structures and functions in the text. By practicing phrases, doing pattern drills, and taking part in dialogues and communicative exercises, students can successfully move from doing mechanical exercises to proficient communication.

Phonetics and Pronunciation Drill:  
In view of the peculiarities of Chinese pronunciation and the special difficulties presented to foreign learners with English as their mother tongue, the text focus on the principal features of the Chinese pronunciation system, phonetics and spelling rules. Students can gradually achieve a good foundation in pronunciation by doing the exercises for spelling, the four tones, sound discriminations, tone discriminations.

The grammar explanations take into account the special features of the Chinese language and the difficulties encountered by native speakers of English in learning them.

Culture Note:   
A culture note in English is provided so that students can gain insight into culture information related to their language studies.

Chinese Characters:   
We will introduce character components, later combining them to form characters.

Why City Colleges?

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Southside Dublin location in Templeogue
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Templeogue locations
  • Limited class size
  • Parking

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For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40 or email info@citycolleges.ie

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The course is offered from South Great Georges’ Street, Dublin 2 and Templeogue Dublin 6W as well as online.