Chinese (mandarin)

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"The classes made me improve a lot."
Juliette Meyer

OUR METHOD AT THE WESSEX ACADEMY

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    Qualified mother tongue teachers

    1. Lingyu Zhang

      Chinese teacher

    Our qualified teachers are mother tongue or totally bilingual and have a lot of experience in their subject. They personalise their teaching in class for each of their students, in order to attain specific goals within the lesson and in the preparation for the different examinations offered at all levels.

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    Didactic material at technology forefront

    Traditional style with mother tongue teachers, who use, in addition to the course books, their own material. The direct method, intentionally used by our school, gives excellent results, especially shown in examination results. Use of DVDs in class or at home, our own computer back-ups can be used out of school hours.

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    39 years of experience for optimal learning

    Our Chinese courses start with an introduction to Pinyin (phonetic alphabet), prefixes, suffixes, and the 4 intonations of Mandarin

    Followed by the study of the rules for phonetic spelling, numbers, and grammar

    Conversation, pronunciation, and reading comprehension make up the largest part of the course. With the addition of calligraphy and paper folding, which are part of the Chinese culture.

Course program according to your level

Elementary
Independent User
Experienced

Beginner level

Programme

Introduction to

  • Pinyin (phonetic alphabet)
  • initials
  • finals
  • the four  tones of Mandarin

As well as

  • Rules of phonetic writing, numbers, grammar
  • Conversation
  • Pronunciation and reading
  • Calligraphy exercises
  • Substitution exercises

 

Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

Elementary level 1

Programme

  • Grammar
  • Pictograms (chinese characters)
  • Conversation, asking and answering questions (when, where, how)
  • Pronunciation and reading
  • Dates, days of the week, years
  • Read and give time
  • Calligraphy exercises
  • Substitution exercices

 

 Elementariy level 2

Programme

  • Introduction to classifying Chinese grammar
  • Negative and interrogative forms
  • Examples and exercises
  • Ideograms
  • Vocabulary
  • Conversation
  • Pronunciation and reading
  • Calligraphy exercises
  • Substitution exercises

 

Intermediate level

Programme

  • Grammar
    – auxiliairies, verbs
    – direct and indirect objects
    – nominal and prepositional constructions
  • Ideograms-phonograms
  • Examples and exercises
  • Vocabulary, remembering phone numbers
  • Conversation : ordering dishes, introducing oneself
  • Pronunciation and reading
  • Calligraphy exercises
  • Substitution exercises

Intermediate level 2

 

Programme

  • Grammar
  • Examples and exercises
  • Vocabulary, means of transport
  • Conversation
  • Pronunciation and reading
  • Borrowed words, roots of words, sinogrammes
  • Calligraphy exercises
  • Substitution exercises

Advanced level

 

Programme

  • Grammar: comparing
  • Examples and exercises
  • Vocabulary: climate, weather, sports, leisure activities
  • Conversation: asking the way
  • Pronunciation and reading
  • Calligraphy exercises
  • Substitution exercises
  • Proverbs and expressions
  • Origami

Prices

Evening
17:00 - 21:00
2 periods
from CHF 50

1 period = 55 minutes

Fixed Costs
Enrolment fee for all courses
CHF 50
Foreign student permit
CHF 400
Accommodation research tax
CHF 100
1 person
Flexible time-table
1 hour
CHF 110
10 hours
CHF 950
20 hours
CHF 1'850
2 persons
Flexible time-table
1 hour
CHF 60
10 hours
CHF 500
20 hours
CHF 950
3 persons
Flexible time-table
1 hour
CHF 45
10 hours
CHF 400
20 hours
CHF 650
Distance learning
(by SKYPE)
Flexible time-table
10 hours
CHF 950
20 hours
CHF 1'850

1 hour  = 60 minutes

Special offer for children till 16, price per person:

  • CHF 75 – 1 person
  • CHF 40 – 2 persons
  • CHF 30 – 3 persons
Fixed Costs
Enrolment fee for all courses
CHF 50
Foreign student permit
CHF 400
Accommodation research tax
CHF 100

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