Basic Mandarin and Chinese Culture
The course will suit anyone who wishes to have a career at the airport or in other locations where they will encounter Chinese customers.
To build an awareness of Chinese culture and etiquette. To learn basic Mandarin to demonstrate politeness and hospitality.
Who is the course for?
Learners without Chinese learning experience who are willing to learn and recruited through Manchester Airport .
What topics will this course cover
1) Introductions and icebreakers - discussion on the importance of Mandarin 2) Chinese etiquette - Being polite and showing respect, knowing which gestures not to use 3) Greeting - Greet in Mandarin and demonstrate appropriate body language 4) Chinese naming system - knowing how to address Chinese people 5) Chinese New Year - understanding the significance of this festival and the impact on peoples' life 6) Numbers and colours - identifying the cultural implications of these
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Greet a colleague in Mandarin 2. Write their name using Chinese characters 3. Demonstrate positive non-offensive body language 4. Count from 1 to 10 and name at least 5 colours in Mandarin 5. Identify cultural awareness of colours and numbers
How will I know I'm making progress?
Formative assessment is ongoing and students will be giving prompt verbal feedback as they complete each task. Written feedback will also be given for any written work produced. Summative assessment will be given at the end of the course.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
Students may wish to progress onto a Mandarin course to develop their language skills.