Course dates

Tuesday 3 Oct 2023
6.00pm - 8.00pm | 10 weeks

Course overview

This is a beginner’s course in Mandarin Chinese suitable for those with no prior/some experience of the language.

Course description

This 10-week Mandarin Chinese Beginners course aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and focuses on the acquisition of practical communicative skills.

All the beginners' Chinese classes will provide students with vocabulary and grammar which act as the foundation for Mandarin Chinese.

Upon successful completion of Mandarin Chinese Beginners III through the interactive lessons, you will be able to read and write approximately 200 Simplified Chinese characters and be able to hold simple conversations in Chinese.

  • Learn 200 Chinese characters
  • Learn how to hold simple conversations in Chinese
  • Learn the fundamentals of the language
  • Practice in a supportive environment

Classes level

Three different levels for Mandarin Chinese Beginners classes are provided:  Beginners I, Beginner II and Beginners III.

For the first stage of Chinese Beginners (i.e. Chinese Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners II or III, you should have completed Beginners I and II respectively at Confucius Institution Goldsmiths or have an equivalent knowledge.

You will need to have your level assessed. Assessment is a free and informal session with one of our Mandarin teachers. Please contact the office to arrange an assessment.

Disability support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 


If you are undertaking an in-person course please note that we may need to move the course online due to any unforeseen circumstances. Please note no refunds are issued for moving courses online.



Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni. Please email for further information.

Booking information

Please note our short courses sell out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Tuesday 3 Oct 2023
6.00pm - 8.00pm | 10 weeks


Goldsmiths, University of London


If you have any questions about this course please contact confucius (

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 Please note our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:

  • Become familiar with approximately 200 Chinese characters
  • Master how to hold basic conversations in Mandarin 
  • Learn the fundamentals of written and spoken Chinese

About the department

Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance is an academic department of Goldsmiths, University of London. We specialise in Chinese language and culture as well being the first and currently, the only CI to specialise in dance, performance and the arts, and the proud winner of the Global Confucius Institute of the Year Award 2017.

We offer:

  • Undergraduate degree courses in Chinese language - BA (Hons) International Relations & ChineseBA (Hons) Sociology & Chinese
  • Credit courses in Chinese language, Chinese history, Chinese arts and culture and Chinese philosophy (open to all Goldsmiths students)
  • Evening and weekend short courses in Chinese language, Chinese dance, Chinese music and Chinese martial arts
  • HSK examinations and training
  • Outreach for Schools program


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