Our native-speaking, qualified Chinese teachers will tailor your individual or group language course to suit your personal learning aims and Chinese level. They are available to conduct classes in your home or office in Birmingham, on a day and at a time that suits you. Course books are included, and timetables can often be as flexible as you need. Your personalised course will be built around one of the following options:
A great option for beginners, our general courses in Chinese are there to improve your knowledge of conversational Chinese , primarily through the development of vocabulary and grammar - the best way to bolster your basic spoken and written skills. General classes can help those learning from scratch as well as those with existing Chinese knowledge - they aim to improve your current proficiency, as well as building towards the complexities required for a more advanced course.
Our Chinese group courses are targeted for sets of 2-12 people, all of whom have the same requirements from learning Chinese. Everybody should be at about the same level at the start of the course, and the entire group should be able to meet at the same time and place each week. Grammar and vocabulary form the backbone of the general course, helping the student gain fluency in conversational topics whilst increasing their overall working Chinese knowledge. For groups who wish to engage in further Chinese study, the general course is an excellent starting point.
With our one-to-one Chinese business courses, you can develop your current Chinese skills to incorporate them effortlessly into your job - perfect for those employed by multinational organisations, moving abroad to work, or in search of employment overseas. Lessons are designed around your sector of industry and field of work, and tutors can aid learners in improving individual skills required by your role, such as giving presentations, writing reports or composing formal written correspondence.
Intended for learners who already have a basic grasp of Chinese and wish to extend it to apply to their working lives, group business Chinese courses are a great way to enable employees within a multinational corporation to be productive in both their native tongue and their newly-acquired Chinese. Group courses cater for up to 12 people (minimum of 2 students), and should be scheduled to take place at the same time and location each week. The tutor will develop the group's vocabulary to suit the related industry, as well as improve competence for day to day tasks performed in Chinese.
Specific purpose courses in Chinese are aimed at those who already have semi-proficient skills in Chinese but wish to improve in particular areas of expertise. Your teacher can guide you through many features of Chinese to help you gain fluency, linguistic or not. These may include:
• Accent softening / pronunciation
Developing existing aptitude for writing, reading, listening, speaking, etc.
• Language for international travel Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. proposals, reports, formal correspondence)
• Vocabulary for particular industry (e.g. medical, legal, HR, engineering, accounting)
• Understanding historical and cultural context
If you have a group of 2-12 Chinese learners who all require particular language skills or vocabulary, this option may be ideal for you. All members of the group should be at the same level, intermediate, upper intermediate, or advanced. We can tailor a group language course to address any of the following:
• Accent softening and elocution
• Training to improve specific language skills (writing, comprehension, listening)
• Language for international travel
• Business communication skills (e.g. telephony, presentation, training, negotiation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• >Language for specific industries (e.g. medical, legal, HR, engineering, accounting)
• 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.