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Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba!

Have you always wanted to speak Chinese? Maybe you have even started learning a few basic words and expressions? If so, this 16 week course can follow up Beginners Chinese 1: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LXC001), or your own equivalent knowledge of the language, to give you a solid introduction to Chinese. Studying 3-4 hours a week you’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of online activities. You will learn to order food or talk about the activities you like to do. A perfect online short course to develop further the skills needed to speak and understand simple Chinese in everyday contexts!

This course teaches Mandarin Chinese and simplified characters.

After successfully completing this short course, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

Standalone study only

This module is available for standalone study only. Any credits from this module cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

Module

Module code
LXC002
Credits
0
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU levels correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU FHEQ
0
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
See Entry requirements

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What you will study

This short course is designed to continue giving you a solid introduction to the Chinese language. You’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese. You’ll also develop key skills that will enhance your future study of the language.

Delivered through user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ blocks, each week you’ll discover basic vocabulary and set phrases. Audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of Chinese, and a wide variety of speaking activities will aid your pronunciation. Throughout the course you’ll build up your own Chinese phrase book covering varied topics such as:

  • talking about learning languages
  • how to ask ‘what’ and ‘where’ questions
  • talking about leisure activities such as TV and sports
  • talking about the future
  • how to order or offer food and drinks
  • expressing likes and dislikes.

By the end of the course you’ll have practised the use of key verbs like ‘have’ or ‘know’; you’ll have studied how the Chinese word order in questions is different from English, and you’ll have discovered that Chinese characters have different internal components. Along with completing the weekly activities and quizzes to strengthen your learning, you’ll have built your own language notebook, and gained a solid foundation of basic Chinese in order to move onto the next level.

Please note that although this course is non-accredited, it can be used towards the module Making your learning count (YXM130) to gain OU credits.

You will learn

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of Chinese in a limited range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday situations
  • use the romanised alphabetical system Hanyu pinyin, which is used to indicate the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese
  • learn the strokes, the stroke order, and the basic structures of Chinese characters
  • recognise 100-150 of the most frequently used words in pinyin or/and characters and be able to Word-process or handwrite them.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Learner support

You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine self-help from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.

Course length

You’ll study around 3–4 hours per week for 16 weeks. In total this course will require around 64 hours to complete.

Future availability

This page describes the course that will start in October 2021.

After October 2021, Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! will open again for registration in January 2022.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Course work includes:

    No residential school


    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this course.

    It would be beneficial to have some prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, similar to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners Chinese 1: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LXC001) or an equivalent course.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact us.

    Course length

    You'll study around 3–4 hours per week for 16 weeks. In total this course will require around 64 hours to complete.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    30 Oct 2021 Feb 2022 £195.00

    Registration closes 21/10/21 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    October 2021 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

    Ways to pay

    Credit/Debit Card – We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

    Sponsorship – If this course is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. Your sponsor just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.

    The fee information provided here is valid for short courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for short courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year or later may increase in line with the University’s strategic approach to fees.

    What's included

    All learning materials are delivered entirely online. You’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

    • a week-by-week study planner
    • course-specific materials and activities
    • audio and video content
    • discussion forums
    • support from language-specialist learning advisers.

    Please note the course website closes soon after the end of week 16 and becomes read-only. In read-only format, you can access all materials, but you can no longer complete the weekly quizzes or post in the forums.

    Computing requirements

    You'll need a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of 64-bit Windows 10 (note that Windows 7 is no longer supported) or macOS and broadband internet access.

    Functionality may be limited on mobile devices. For example, voice recorder activities, which are common in language short courses, will not work on iOS/Apple devices.

    Our module websites comply with web standards and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile App will operate on all current, supported, versions of Android and iOS. It's not available on Kindle.

    It's also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook, however, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you'll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

    If you have a disability

    The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.