Learning Mandarin is the stepping stone towards understanding China. Gateway to Mandarin is designed Mandarin is designed to introduce practical conversational Mandarin to beginners through social and thematic context. This course adopts the Chinese phonetics - Hanyu Pinyin as the basis to learn how to pronounce and speak Mandarin. There are 2 levels under this programme.
Able to understand and construct simple phrases on familiar topics.
Master 200 basic vocabulary and 30 core sentence structure.
Able to construct phrases on familiar topics with sufficient ease to handle short exchanges.
Master 400 basic vocabulary and 60 core sentence structures at the end of level 2.
This programme is taught in English. In higher levels, the medium will gradually switch to Mandarin.
Our trainers are effectively bilingual in English and Chinese and have many years of teaching experience in 2nd/3rd language acquisition with Master/Degree in Applied Linguistics, English or Chinese Languages, Education or other relevant subjects.
Level 1: No prior knowledge is needed.
Level 2: For adult learners who can speak some Mandarin or have completed the Level 1 course.
For those who have some foundation in Chinese, please visit this portal to determine your level.
8 Classroom training sessions
2 E-Learning sessions
- Cut down travelling time
- Real time access
- Learn at own pace & time
- More engagement through role-play and class interaction
This course will equip participants with the ability & confidence to handle daily situations where Mandarin is required.There are 10 units in each level. Learners are expected to learn new vocabulary and grammatical structures through conversational practices. Fun activities that encourage active participation will help learners focus on listening and conversational skills.
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Assessment & Certificate
Certificate of Proficiency
Awarded to participants who achieved 75% attendance and pass the class test.
Certificate of Attendance
A certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who achieve at least a 75% attendance.
For more details and class schedule, please download the course brochure here.
Weekday - 14 May - 13 June 2018
Every Monday & Wednesday
7pm - 10pm
Weekday - 27 April - 5 June 2018
Every Tuesday & Friday
7pm - 10pm
Full Course Fee (Members)
Nett Fee inc. GST
Non-members who are keen to sign up for this course will need to pay a non-refundable $53.50 (inc. GST) membership fee.
Tel: 6334 1080
111 North Bridge Road
Download Enrolment form here
" I was a complete beginner having absolutely no knowledge of any Mandarin whatsoever. I undertook the Gateway to Mandarin course and found it was a perfect way for anyone (with as little knowledge as myself ) to start in their journey to learning Mandarin. The teaching methods are first class and are organized such that even the weaker students would not feel left behind."
SCCIOB reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course, change the trainer and venue due to unforeseen circumstances.