With Listen & Learn's qualified tutors - all of whom are native Mandarin Chinese speakers - we can customise your 1-to-1 or group course to cater for your own aims, needs and current Mandarin 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:
Our general courses are a good place to start your Mandarin Chinese studies, or to improve upon your current skills. They give focused attention to expanding your day-to-day grammar and vocabulary, enabling you to improve your spoken and written Mandarin Chinese with relative speed and ease. General courses best suit those wishing to improve their Mandarin Chinese to conversational level, as well as students who hope to continue their Mandarin Chinese studies to a more advanced level.
Listen & Learn's general Mandarin Chinese courses for groups are a great option for groups of 2-12 colleagues or friends who are at the same level in studying Mandarin Chinese. Your group should have similar learning goals and be available to study at the same time and location every week. The courses are tailored to suit the group's level, no matter how elementary or advanced. General courses aim to give students knowledge of common Mandarin Chinese that would be used in real scenarios. Your teacher will cover a lot of grammar and vocabulary, as well as give you ample opportunities to practise your reading, listening, and speaking skills. General group Mandarin Chinese courses are great for groups who would like to begin learning Mandarin Chinese, or improve on existing skills and knowledge. These courses are also highly recommended as a first step for companies who would like their employees to move on to a business language course once they have a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
With our one-to-one Mandarin Chinese business courses, you can develop your current Mandarin 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.
These business Mandarin Chinese courses are aimed at groups of 2 to 12 people who already have a fair working Mandarin Chinese knowledge, who wish to convert this knowledge to practicable business use. So long as all members of the group are at the same level of Mandarin Chinese at the start of the course, and are able to meet for each class at a pre-arranged time and place, then the classes will be of great benefit to all involved. Business courses will generally focus on the field or industry in question, incorporating related vocabulary and improving appropriate skills, such as writing reports, formal business correspondence or giving a presentation.
Specific purpose courses in Mandarin Chinese are aimed at those who already have semi-proficient skills in Mandarin Chinese but wish to improve in particular areas of expertise. Your teacher can guide you through many features of Mandarin 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 your group of 2-12 Mandarin Chinese learners require the same set of particular skills as well as a standard language course, our specific purpose group Mandarin Chinese courses can really help make a difference. So long as the whole group is at about the same stage of learning Mandarin 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
Mandarin Chinese Testimonials
"China has always fascinated me, and I'm going to be travelling around Asia in 6 months' time, so I wanted to be able to speak the basics. It was really hard at first, but my teacher was friendly and didn't rush me. I learned what I needed to learn - thanks Listen & Learn!"
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