The Confucius Institute's Classes at Oxford Brookes

CI00001 Conversational Chinese
Prerequisite: None
Duration: 10 weeks
(1 February 2017 - 5 April 2017
10 May 2017 - 12 July 2017
27 September 2017 - 29 November 2017)
Time: Wednesdays, 18:00 - 20:00
Fee: £200 full price
£140 for Oxford Brookes University staff, students and alumni
Course description:

This is a beginner's course which focuses on developing the skills of listening and speaking in Mandarin Chinese. The course will equip students with useful words and phrases for practical use. It encompasses everyday communication such as greetings, speaking to friends, making an enquiry (about time/ directions/ reservations), and fulfilling daily needs (purchasing items / catching buses/ ordering food) etc. There will also be some cultural tips useful for travellers to China.

* This course covers Lesson 1 to 10 in Confidence Chinese Volume 1. A follow-up course will be available in January.
Learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Speak with a degree of fluency and acquire the confidence and ability to have simple conversations with native speakers, suitable for study and travel in China;
  • Have command of a core vocabulary of 200 Chinese characters used in everyday contexts.
Confidence Chinese, Vol.1 Getting Started by Tong Yan
Published by Cypress Book Co. UK Ltd, 2006
ISBN: 9781845700102
Taught by: Miss Xiaochen Zhang

Xiaochen Zhang obtained an MSc in E-Business and Innovation Management from Lancaster University and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Manchester. In 2016, Xiaochen took on the role of Deputy Director for the Brookes Confucius Institute. Prior to joining Oxford Brookes University, she was the office manager and Chinese Language tutor at the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester for seven years. She has taught Mandarin to a diverse range of students with different learning needs and abilities and has developed innovative learning methods and teaching materials.

* The content in all our courses are subject to changes as necessary.


Angus Phillips


Tel: +44 (0) 1865 484967


Xiaohong Fan

Chinese Director

Tel: +86 (0) 10-8881 9699


Spring Zhang

Deputy Director

Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 484414


Mei Di

Chinese Deputy Director

Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 484415



G36 & 37
Headington Hill Hall
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, OX3 0BP


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