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Introduction to Mandarin for Business (Online)

Key information

Subject area:

Modern Languages

Course type:


Credit level:



3 weeks

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

Undergraduate Summer School modules are intellectually stimulating, dynamic and highly participative. They are taught by leading King’s academics who are experts in their field. Classes are highly international with students from all over the world.

Each module comprises 150 study hours, including teaching, independent study and group work. Our undergraduate modules are examined to university standards and can be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions.

This module is based on a 15-credit King’s undergraduate module and therefore typically awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS. To receive credit for King's summer modules, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit.

What does this course cover?

This course is designed for students who want to develop communication skills in Mandarin in a short time. The course helps students to enhance their Chinese business cultural awareness and uses a communicative approach in practising all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students will engage in interactive language activities such as role-play, games and quizzes. The content and materials presented in this course are respectful of diversity and the diversity that students bring to the course is viewed as a resource, strength and benefit.

A range of cultural and linguistic workshops will be offered as additional activities for students to develop further their competence in Mandarin.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • gained the ability to communicate in everyday and business situations using the four language skills at a basic level;
  • developed a basic factual knowledge base and range of vocabulary (including basic business terminology):
  • understood and used familiar everyday expressions and high-frequency vocabulary in business-orientated situations;
  • the ability to produce short, simple texts such as writing a business email;
  • gained the ability to read, assess, and analyse short, simple texts; 
  • gained basic intercultural awareness to understand simple references to common aspects of the culture, everyday life and current issues in the countries where Mandarin is spoken.

Who is this for?

The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.

You should ensure that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application by checking our academic and English language entry criteria. This is Mandarin course for beginners.

How will I be assessed?

  • A collaborative and interactive presentation in Mandarin (15-20 minutes)

What is the teaching schedule?

Undergraduate Summer School modules comprise 150 study hours over three weeks, which includes a minimum of 45 hours contact hours, as well as independent study, team project work and assessment preparation.

Live classes will begin at 9am each weekday (British Summer Time). In addition, some of the course material can be studied flexibly and at your own pace.

Teaching is through a variety of formats adapted for effective online learning by our digital education team, such as lectures, seminars and e-learning resources.

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £1088

Application fee £60

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