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Beginners Chinese 3: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba!

Having embarked on the road to learning Mandarin Chinese, and being able to speak and understand some common topics, you may wish to continue your learning of this fascinating language. If so, this 16-unit course will be an ideal opportunity to do just that. Through 3–4 study hours per unit you’ll learn through a variety of online listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. You'll cover topics from describing the weather and people, to getting about and shopping. Beginners Chinese 3: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC003) is a perfect online short course to consolidate and develop further the skills needed to communicate effectively in Chinese in everyday contexts.

This course teaches Mandarin Chinese and simplified characters.

After successfully completing this short course, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

Standalone study only

You will not be awarded credits for studying this course. It is available for standalone study only and cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

Short course

Short course code
LGXC003
Credits
This is a non-credit bearing course.
Study method
Distance Learning
Short course cost
See Registration
Entry requirements
See Entry requirements

What you will study

This short course is designed to continue giving you a solid introduction to the Chinese language. You’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese. You’ll also develop key skills that will enhance your future study of the language.

Delivered through user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ blocks, in each unit you’ll discover useful words and set phrases. Audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of Chinese, and a wide variety of speaking activities will aid your pronunciation. Throughout the course you’ll build up your own Chinese phrase book covering varied topics such as:

  • describing people and places
  • talking about the weather
  • Chinese New Year
  • how to get to places
  • asking for prices
  • doing shopping
  • making comparisons.

By the end of the course you’ll have practised using key verbs such as ‘to go’, ‘to come’, ‘to buy’, ‘to take’; you’ll have studied that the Chinese word order in questions and comparisons is different from English; and you’ll have discovered some strategies you can use to memorise Chinese characters. Along with completing the activities and quiz in each unit to strengthen your learning, you’ll have built your own language notebook, and gained a solid foundation of basic Chinese to move onto the next level.

Please note that although this course is non-accredited, it can be used towards the module Making your learning count (YXM130) to gain OU credits.

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of Chinese in a range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday life
  • use Hanyu pinyin confidently to indicate the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese
  • recognise 150–200 of the most frequently used words in pinyin or/and characters and be able to Word-process or handwrite them
  • better understand the cultural differences and customs between Chinese-speaking cultures and your own.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Learner support

You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine self-help from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.

If you have a disability

The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying LGXC003 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.


    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this course.

    You should have some basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners Chinese 1: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC001) and Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC002).

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact us.

    Course length

    The course is made up of 16 units, with each unit expected to take about 3–4 hours to study. In total, you’ll need around 64 hours to complete the course.

    You can begin at any time during the life of the course and study at your own pace. The course will be open to you for a time period of between 6 and 18 months depending on your course registration date and you will be advised of the specific time limitations upon enrolment.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    At anytime before registration end date Jun 2023 - see Entry requirements for more detail £195.00

    Registration closes 31/12/2022

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    Ways to pay

    Credit/Debit Card – We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

    Sponsorship – If this course is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. Your sponsor just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.

    The fee information provided here is valid for short courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year. Fees for short courses starting in the 2023/24 academic year or later may increase in line with the University’s strategic approach to fees.

    What's included

    All learning materials are delivered entirely online and there is no formal tuition for this course.

    Your study is self-directed and you’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

    • a unit-by-unit study planner
    • course-specific materials and activities
    • audio content
    • discussion forums
    • support from language-specialist learning advisers.

    Computing requirements

    You'll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

    Functionality may be limited on mobile devices. For example, voice recorder activities, which are common in language short courses, may not work on iOS/Apple devices.

    Our module websites comply with web standards and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile App will operate on all current, supported, versions of Android and iOS. It's not available on Kindle.

    It's also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you'll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.