Listen & Learn has qualified, native-speaking Chinese teachers available in Birmingham to provide a personalised Chinese language course for you or your group. Your teacher will carry out tailor-made lessons in your home or office, at the time that is most convenient for you - weekdays or weekends; morning, afternoon or evening. For busy individuals, we offer very flexible options for timetabling. Course books are provided for all of our course options, which are outlined below:
General Chinese courses can be to the advantage of anybody, whether you are a rank beginner or already have some experience of the tongue. By focusing on grammar and vocabulary skills, Listen & Learn's general courses are perfect to develop your fluency in speaking, listening and reading everyday Chinese. They are perfect for those who want to start making their Chinese work for them, and a great precursor to a business course.
Our group courses in general Chinese are perfect if you have a group of 2-12 students who have achieved approximately the same level of Chinese, whether that be beginner or advanced. Your teacher will focus on Chinese grammar and vocabulary that will be useful in everyday communication, and will provide plenty of practice with speaking, reading, and listening. Your group should have similar learning goals, and be available at the same time and location every week. A general group course is suitable for groups of colleagues or friends, and is also a good option for businesses who want to give their employees a basic grounding in Chinese before they begin a business Chinese course.
1-to-1 business Chinese courses can really help you get ahead, whether you are relocating abroad, looking for work in a foreign country, or simply if you work for a multinational organisation. These courses are mainly aimed at learners who already possess a decent working Chinese knowledge and who want to build on these in order to use their Chinese skills in a business environment. The course is fully customised to take into account not only your learning needs, but also the appropriate industry's vocabulary and any particular skills the role demands, such as report writing or formal correspondence.
Group business Chinese courses are intended for small groups (of 2 to 12 students) who already have a working knowledge of Chinese, and want to extend their skills in the arena of business language. Your group should have approximately the same level of Chinese, whether that be intermediate, upper intermediate, or advanced. You should all be available at the same time every week, and have complementary learning aims. Your trainer will develop your course around your group's language goals and particular field of business, and can incorporate any specific areas of focus, such as improving negotiation or presentation skills. Group business language courses are suitable for a wide range of organisations, including multinational companies, and those whose employees require a higher level of Chinese to develop international business relationships.
Courses for specific purposes are designed to assist the individual learner in delving deeper into their current Chinese capacity by focusing on many Chinese details which separate the 'native' from the 'tourist', including (but not limited to):
• Vocabulary for relevant industry (e.g. HR, engineering, accounting, medical, legal)
•Elocution and accent softening
• Expanding individual skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading etc.)
• Language for travelling internationally
• Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Historical and cultural sensitivity
As long as all members of a group Chinese course are at a similar level of expertise, specific purpose Chinese courses can be customised to suit the needs of the group of 2-12 students with similar learning aims. These often include:
Vocabulary related to the industry (legal, HR, engineering, accounting, medical etc.)
• Accent softening and elocution
• Expanding upon existing aspects (writing, speaking, listening, reading etc.)
• Language for travelling
• Communication skills in business (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Writing skills in business (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Historical and cultural sensitivity
Birmingham factsWidely regarded as the UK's "second city" (and the largest of the UK's 8 "core cities"), Birmingham's reputation came into its own during the Industrial Revolution, leading to nicknames for the city such as The Workshop of the World. The city these days has a population of just over 1,000,000 people, but is more concerned with the service sector than following its history as a centre of manufacturing and engineering - though the many museums are still there to boast its rich heritage. Birmingham boasts a recorded history that goes back 1,000 years, growing from a small farming village into a huge commercial and industrial city.