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Confucius Institute

Mandarin Class

Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield is an international collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (OCLCI, commonly known as Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters), Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and Nanjing University (NJU).

5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield, S10 2TD

Telephone: 0114 2228332, Fax:0114 2228334, Email: confucius@sheffield.ac.uk, Url: www.sheffield.ac.uk/confucius

Confucius Institute

12-Week Mandarin Chinese, Spring 2017

12-Week Mandarin Chinese, Spring 2017


Our courses are open to people from all walks of life.

Undergraduates at the University of Sheffield are eligible to apply for "Language for ALL" High Education Achievement Recognition (HEAR).

Attendance Certificate can be issued to those who attends >75% lessons.

Mandarin Chinese: aims to provide a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Textbooks: “Chinese in Steps”, vol 1-4.
Beginners I: Chinese in Steps Vol1, 1st half;
Beginners II: Chinese in Steps Vol1, 2nd half;
Upper Beginners I: Chinese in Steps Vol2, 1st half;
Upper Beginners II: Chinese in Steps Vol2, 2nd half;
Intermediate I: Chinese in Steps Vol3, 1st half;
Intermediate II: Chinese in Steps Vol3, 2nd half;
Upper Intermediate I: Chinese in Steps Vol4, 1st half;
Upper Intermediate II: Chinese in Steps, Vol4, 2nd half

No formal tests. However, you are encouraged to take an internationally recognised Chinese Proficiency Test, i.e. HSK test.

Tutorials for HSK Preparations (free admissions) aim to consolidate what you have learned from Chinese in Steps, and to excel the requirements of your corresponding HSK/HSKK levels.

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Books at Sheffield Confucius Institute (SCI)

Books at Sheffield Confucius Institute (SCI)


Mandarin language textbooks can be purchased for
(1). SCI Evening Courses for staff, students and wider communities;
- Chinese in Steps, Vol 1 to Vol 4
- HSK Standard Course book and Workbook

(2). SCI Weekend Courses for school children, i.e. Star Mandarin School;
- Youer Hanyu Vol 1-4
- Zhongwen textbook, Workbook A and Workbook B, Vol 1- Vol 12
- Chinese Paradise, Vol 1 - Vol 3
- Kuaile Hanyu (Happy Chinese) , Vol 1- Vol 3
- My First Chinese Reader, Vol 1 - Vol 4
- Jin Bu, Vol 1 - Vol 2
- Short-term Spoken Chinese, Vol 1- Vol 4

(3). SEAS Non-Specialist Mandarin Chinese.
- Great Wall Chinese, Vol 1 - Vol 6

Please state your course title and which volume to buy at Questionnaires section later on.

After a purchase is made online, the book can be picked up either at the SCI Office located at 7 Shearwood Road, S10 2TD, or at the classroom of your course ONLY on the first session.

Once you have finished your course, we welcome you donate the textbooks back to the office if you no longer want to keep them, however, no refund will be given.

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HSK/HSKK (Chinese Proficiency Test) - 19 March 2017

HSK/HSKK (Chinese Proficiency Test) - 19 March 2017


HSK Level 1-6 and HSKK Tests

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is an international standardised Chinese language test to measure the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily lives, academic and working settings.

HSK (listening and written) and HSKK (Speaking) can be taken separately. The test is OPEN to ALL ages and we accept test takers from all places. Details can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/confucius/hsk

Test date: Sunday 19 March 2017

Registration deadline (one month before the test date): Monday 20 February 2017.

The test time on the day:

  • HSK Level 1  12:30
  • HSK Level 2  12:00
  • HSK Level 3  13:30
  • HSK Level 4  09:30
  • HSK Level 5  13:30
  • HSK Level 6  09:30
  • HSKK Basic   16:00
  • HSKK Intermediate 16:00
  • HSKK Advanced 16:00

Test Place: at the CI office or at the SEAS, both located on Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD. If you are taking HSK 4 and above, and any of HSKK, you must send a passport-sized photo (jpg file would be ok) to confucius@sheffield.ac.uk

Your Test Admission Card detailing your exam time and venue will be emailed to you near the test date.

On the test day, you can get into the test room half hour earlier. You should have already printed out your Admission Card. If not, we CAN provide a copy for you on the day.

You must bring the SAME identification document as you used for registration. 2B pencils and erasers will be provided so that you do not need to bring any stationery.


  • If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield as soon as possible (0114 2228447).
  • If you cancel your registration before the registration deadline, you will receive a full refund
  • If you cancel your registration after the registration deadline but up to 10 days before the test date, you will receive a 50% refund
  • No refund for cancellations will be given in the 10 days before the test date.

For more information, please click HERE

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Star Mandarin School for Children, aged 3.5 – 18

Star Mandarin School for Children, aged 3.5 – 18


Mandarin language, Foundation, Arts, Math, Dance and Kung Fu courses on Saturdays.

Affiliated to the Confucius Institute, the Star Mandarin School provides Mandarin Chinese language (simplified characters), Arts, Dance, Kung Fu and Math courses to children and young people, aged 3.5-18 from all walks of life, in Sheffield and surrounding areas.

Open on Saturdays during school term time, at Bartolome House, School of Law, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

All levels and language backgrounds welcome! Children are grouped according to their existing knowledge of Chinese. Two streams of Mandarin courses are offered: for Chinese-heritage children and for English-speaking children.

All levels of Mandarin Language at:
9:00 -11:00; 11:15 – 13:15; 14:00 – 16:00

Foundation for children aged 3.5-5, 1.5h/w, at:
9:15 -10:45; 11:15 – 12:45

Drawing and Sketch (Arts) open for younger children and older children, respectively, 1.5h/w, at:
9:15 -10:45; 11:15 – 12:45

Math for four groups (Year1 and 2; Year 3; Year 4 and 5; Year 6 and above) 1.0- 1.5h/w, at:
11:15-12:45; 1:45-2:45; 3:00-4:00

Dance and Kung Fu, 1h/w, at
1:45 – 2:45pm, 3:00 - 4:00pm

Mandarin class for Parents and Guardians, 2h/w, at
11:15 – 13:15

Fee Rates:
Standard fee: £2.5/h
Concession fee: £2/h
(for the second child from the same family; or for the same child who takes non-Mandarin classes)
Fee rate for parents/guardians: £3/h

Spring Term dates:
7th January – 1st April 2017
(half-term holiday on 25th February)

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Survival Chinese, 6th-10th February 2017

Survival Chinese, 6th-10th February 2017


Survival Chinese, 5 Evening Course for Beginners

• Monday to Friday, 5-evening course
• Suitable for absolute beginners
• Experienced tutors
• Introduction to Chinese language
• Focus on Everyday situations and listening/speaking skills

All materials will be provided in class.

Dates: 6th - 10th February 2017
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Language Lab, School of East Asian Studies (next to Confucius Institute office), 9 Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

FREE tuition: “Survival Chinese” will be refunded if the same student continues to take 12-week Beginners Mandarin course, starting from the week commencing 6th February 2017, evening classes at 7-9pm.

Refund will ONLY take place after 3 weeks into the University Semester, i.e. after 27th February 2017.

If you have any further queries about the course, please contact the Confucius Institute at 0114 2228447

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HSK/HSKK course

One-to-one Private Mandarin Language Tuition



1-to-1, meeting individual specific demands
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Tai Chi

Tai Chi, Spring 2017



Wu-Style Tai Chi Course, Open to All, Sunday 4-6pm
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