With Listen & Learn's qualified tutors - all of whom are native Chinese speakers - we can customise your 1-to-1 or group course to cater for your own aims, needs and current Chinese proficiency. Our teachers can carry out your lessons in your Cork home or office, arranging classes in advance for a time that suits you. The price includes the cost of your text books, and lesson scheduling can be as adaptable as the lessons themselves. The specifics of your course depends on which course package you choose:
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.
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.
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.
Specific purposes Chinese courses are a great boon to people who have already studied Chinese and wish to develop certain facets of their Chinese skills. This can include an array of helpful guidance, including the following:
• 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
If your group of 2-12 Chinese learners require the same set of particular skills as well as a standard language course, our specific purpose group Chinese courses can really help make a difference. So long as the whole group is at about the same stage of learning Chinese, we can help improve their overall understanding by arranging classes focusing on improving the following:
• 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
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