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.
As the ideal starting point for a group of people wishing to gain a strong acquaintance with the ins and outs of conversational Chinese, these group classes can be arranged for groups as small as 2 people, and as large as 12 - our only provisos are that the whole class are able to meet at a consistent time and place each week, and are all of the same approximate Chinese level. General courses cover all the grammar and vocabulary you need to gain a practicable advantage in your spoken and written Chinese, and are also an excellent basis for further Chinese study.
Our one-to-one business Chinese courses are intended for those learners who already have a basic grounding in Chinese, but need to develop specific language skills to aid effective business communication. These courses can be tailored to address the requirements of your particular field, and can include development of any necessary skills, such as public speaking or professional correspondence. Business Chinese courses are a perfect option for people working in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, and multinational companies where some knowledge of Chinese is required. They are also ideal for jobseekers, people transferring to a foreign country, and those working with international colleagues, academia and government.
Listen & Learn's group business courses in Chinese are specifically designed to suit small groups (of 2-12 students) who already have a working knowledge of Chinese, but want to focus on language for the business community. Your group should all be at approximately the same language level, have similar learning goals, and be available to study at the same time and location every week. Your teacher will tailormake your course based on the group aims and any specific business communication skills that the group wants to improve, such as negotiation or formal correspondence. Group business Chinese courses are suitable for groups from any private or corporate organisations, for example those who need a higher or more specialised level of Chinese for communication with international colleagues and clients, or those who need to develop particular skills or specialised industry terminology.
Designed for those already with a good grasp of Chinese, who may have designs to use their acquired language for specific purposes, these courses can incorporate various skills and practices that help make the difference between sticking out like a sore thumb and blending in like a local, including:
• Elocution and softening of native accent
• Improving specific skills (writing, comprehension, listening, etc.)
• Language for international travel
• Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Vocabulary for relevant industry (e.g. medical, legal, HR, engineering, accounting)
• Cultural and historical 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.