Some predict “When students enter into society, China will be the largest economy in the world”. Others say “Learning Mandarin is the absolute best investments you can make”.

Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world and one of the six official languages of the UN.

Steeped in history, it is different from Western languages in its appearance and sound and it is said that the process of learning Mandarin will enhance the development of your cognitive skills. With China’s booming economy, having an understanding of Chinese language and culture at Pre-U could give you an advantage in the future. So why not learn a language that has seen thousands of years of history yet is very modern?

The lessons will be conducted mainly in Mandarin and you will also have conversation lessons with a native speaker.

The Pre-U course has accompanying online activities and you will have access to the Q6 languages study room to practise your skills. The principle subject which we will be offering contains four papers in the examination. Paper 1 to 3 will be examining your language skills, and paper 4 your understanding of Chinese culture. Paper 4 will be examined in English. You are allowed the use of a Chinese-English dictionary in paper 2 (Listening, Reading and Translation) and 3 (Writing and Usage).

The topics you will be learning are: family, young people, education, the media, work and leisure and the environment. The language skills you will be examined are: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Translation, Writing and Usage. In addition to that you will be examined on your understanding of Chinese culture and literature both in English.

You could continue your study at university or combine it with business, law or economics.

Many UK universities are introducing new courses incorporating Mandarin, reflecting an interest in Chinese language and culture. Although the grammar is relatively simple, students will have to be committed to learning characters.

A different language is a different vision of life.

Federico Fellini