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Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute

12-week Chinese for Everyone: February 2023

12-week Chinese for Everyone: February 2023


12 week Mandarin Chinese language course

Starting from the week commencing 6 February 2023, for 2h/w, the 12-Week Chinese for Everyone courses is open to all, to anyone aged 18 and over.

12-week Chinese for Everyone, February 2023 will take place in-person and online. When paying, you will be asked to indicate your method of attendance (i.e. in-person or online).

Dates: 6 February - 31 March (8w) + 24 April - 19 May 2023
Time: 6:30-8:30pm, Week 1-8, then a 3 week Easter break and then Week 9-12, in line with university semester dates.
Location: Online OR In-person at Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

Attendance Certificates can be issued to those who attend >75% sessions. Undergraduates at the University of Sheffield are also eligible to apply for High Education Achievement Recognition (HEAR).

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Textbooks: Chinese in Steps, vol 1-4.
Beginners I: Book 1, 1st half
Beginners II: Book 1, 2nd half
Upper Beginners I: Book 2, 1st half
Upper Beginners II: Book 2, 2nd half
Intermediate I: Book 3, 1st half
Intermediate II: Book 3, 2nd half
Upper Intermediate I: Book 4, 1st half
Upper Intermediate II: Book 4, 2nd half
Advanced: Uses teachers own materials

Please refer to the timetable for class days. Class days and availability are subject to change. If you would like a copy of the timetable, please email [email protected]

If you are taking one of the above courses, you can attend Wednesdays’ HSK classes FREE of charge.

If you are at Beginners level, you may be interested in Survival Chinese held from 30 January - 3 February 2023, Monday to Friday, 6:30-8:30pm. It is £60 Standard Fee and £50 for Students and Over 60's. If you have registered for a 12-w course, this fee will be refunded to you after 24 February 2023.

Survival Chinese is hugely beneficial to take before attending the Beginners 1 class, but it is not a requirement to attend Beginners 1.

Please NOTE:

(1) Two of the SCI's current full-time teachers will be returning to China part-way through next semester, in line with the end of their work contract. If your class is taught by one of these two teachers, your class will then be taken over by one of the SCI's new full-time teachers.

(2) The SCI endeavours to ensure that teachers are available for the start of these courses. If, due to visa applications, available flights and/or any required quarantine periods, the SCI is unable to source enough teachers for its courses, local part-time Mandarin Chinese teachers will take over the teaching until in-house full-time teachers are available.

If you have further queries about this course, please contact the Confucius Institute at [email protected]

For more information please visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/confucius/study/courses/mandarin

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Books to buy at Confucius Institute Adults School

Books to buy at Confucius Institute Adults School


Books for Mandarin Learners at the Confucius Institute

Books that can be purchased:

(1). For HSK exam preparation and 12-week HSK courses:
- HSK Standard Coursebook (Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4-1, Vol 4-2, Vol 5-1 & Vol 5-2)
- HSK Standard Workbook (Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4-1, Vol 4-2, Vol 5-1 & Vol 5-2)

Please state your School (Star Mandarin School or Adults School) and which volume you would like to buy in Questionnaires later on.

After a purchase is made online, the book can be picked up at the CI Office located at 2 Palmerston Road. Once you have finished your course, we welcome you donate the textbooks back to the office if you no longer need to keep them, however, no refund will be given.

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Books to buy at Confucius Institute Star School

Books to buy at Confucius Institute Star School


Books for Learners at Sheffield Confucius Institute

Books can ONLY be purchased for young learners at our Confucius Institute.

Book List
(1). Chinese Paradise, priced for one volume, Vol 1-3
(2). Kuaile Hanyu, priced for one volume, Vol 1-3
(3). My First Chinese Reader, one volume, Vol 1-4
(4). Youer Hanyu, four volumes together.
(5). Zhongwen + Workbook AB, priced for one Volume, Vol 1-12

At Questionnaires, we collect "Learner's Name" and "Which Volume".

After a purchase is made online, the book can be collected
(1). at the CI Office located at 2 Palmerston Road, Sheffield S10 2TE. Please contact the office first 07593502130 before setting off to the office, to ensure the office is open.
(2) or at a designated place and time, if you received a Collection Notification from your class.

At the moment we are offering packaging services to those families who live outside Sheffield (because they joined our Online Teaching). Parents need to order a posting service at Royal Mail and send us a postage label. We can only help with the packaging, not the cost of postage. Please contact us to get the weight of the book.

For more information please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/confucius/study/courses/children

Kind regards
Headteacher Dr. Hu
Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield
2-4 Palmerston Road
Sheffield S10 2TE
Tel: 07593502130

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China Day Activity

China Day Activity


Understand Chinese language and culture through range of activities

We support schools and organisations in understanding Chinese language and culture through a range of different activities and workshop packages like "China Day Activity".

Select activities/workshops from our list, arrange a time and day(s) and book our instructors.

Workshops are normally about 50 minutes long, with a maximum of five workshops per day per instructor. For example, five workshops can be selected and rotated around five groups of participants in a day.

* Chinese language taster
* Chinese characters demystified
* Chinese calligraphy
* Chinese arts and crafts
* Chinese folk dance
* Kung Fu / Tai Chi
* Music and Songs
* Language and Storytelling
* Chinese cookery, excluding ingredients costs

All of the above activities are charged at nominal cost, £70/half-day (before or after 12:00 noon) and £120/full day per instructor. Long distance travel expenses incurred will be passed onto school / organisation.

For more information, contact:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 114 222 8447 / 07593502130

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Sheffield Children’s University (CU) at Star Mandarin School

Sheffield Children’s University (CU) at Star Mandarin School


- Open to children attending Sheffield Schools only

1. Introduction
The Confucius Institute Star Mandarin School is a Learning Destination where the children/young people can earn CU award credits because of their extracurricular studies with us. We provide Mandarin Chinese, Maths and Arts tuition at Bartolome House, School of Law, the University of Sheffield, over the weekends.

2. What is CU award credits?
Sheffield Children's University (CU) is part of Sheffield City Council, and is now working in partnerships with the University of Sheffield (UoS) and Hallam University, to encourage children and young people to develop essential life skills by takin part in learning activities outside school hours.
One credit is awarded for each hour of learning that takes place. These are then converted into awards:
Bronze (30 hours), Silver (65 hours), Gold (100 hours)… CU Degrees (400 hours) … CU Master Degrees (800 hours) … and these continue right up to 1000 hours!

3. Why do we join CU Credits?
Sheffield Research shows that children who take part in CU activities:
• do better at school
• achieve higher results in SATs and GCSEs
• exceed expected results
• make more progress than other children
They also tend to have more confidence, motivation, and higher self-esteem.

4. How to collect CU Credits?
(1). Your child may have already enrolled for the CU through their local school. Ask in your child’s school if they are subscribed to Sheffield Children’s University.
(2). If not, get enrolled through the Star Mandarin School. Buy a CU Passport to Learning for £3 at the Star School through the university online shop:
You will then collect the CU Passport to Learning at the Star School (Bartolome House, School of Law) on Saturdays.
(3). You may already registered your child for the CU at the Star School before the Covid-19. Please register a CU Passport to Learning for £0 at the Star School through the university online shop.
You must bring your previous CU Passport to Learning to us for a checking at the Star School.

5. Consent and Signature: Permission will be given by Parent/Carer for name, date of birth and school to be recorded by Sheffield City Council so CU credits can be awarded.

For more information please visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/confucius/study/courses/children

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Survival Chinese Online Course for Beginners



Self study materials

Please Note: This "Survival Chinese" course is NOT taught virtually via an Online platform and instead taught through a series of seven pre-recorded lessons. This Survival Chinese course is different to the Survival Chinese course which takes place at the beginning of the Spring and Autumn academic semester.
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