Chinese Course in Melbourne at Lyceum
Read below for our course overview and view our Chinese course details.
Learn Chinese in Melbourne
Australia’s economy is becoming increasingly more global, requiring close co-operation with our Asian neighbours. Lyceum’s Mandarin Chinese courses are often requested by professionals who need a working knowledge of the language. Other students are drawn to Chinese because it has the largest number of speakers of any language in the world.
At Lyceum, Chinese is taught using the communicative method, meaning that there is a very strong focus on the spoken language as it is used in practical everyday situations. The characters used in written Chinese are explained, and teachers discuss the most essential ones however, the majority of class time is aimed towards achieving fluency in speaking.
After 60 hours of tuition (levels 1-4, beginner and elementary), our students can manage in most common everyday situations encountered in China. The beginner levels focus on the following broad areas:
- Social interaction
- Planning outings
- Getting about town
- Shopping and other transactions, such as the bank and post office
- Booking accommodation and talking about the home
The simplicity of Chinese grammar means that the language can quickly be learnt once pronunciation has been mastered. Our small class sizes, combined with the native-speaking level of our teachers, ensure that the potential of each student can be achieved.
If you would like to travel to China or learn Chinese to speak it with family or friends in Melbourne, we recommend that you complete at least level 4 (Elementary).
Each term at Lyceum corresponds to 15 hours of adult tuition, or twelve to eighteen months at high school. If you already have some knowledge of Chinese or have studied it in the past, you can check our course outline to see which level would suit you best. We are also happy to discuss the best option with you. Just call us.
From pre-intermediate onwards, students stay in each class for at least two terms or for as long as they need, before they go up to the next level.
Chinese Culture in Melbourne
Melbourne has a large Chinese speaking community and your teachers give you useful information on how to immerse yourself in the Chinese culture here in Melbourne to improve your speaking and listening skills and to learn more about the cultural context of the language. There are useful radio and television programmes and also newspapers available in Melbourne, which you can use to practise your reading and listening skills. Your teacher will give you more information as part of your course. In addition, you will learn about Chinese Festivals in Melbourne such as the Chinese New Year Festival, Chinese restaurants, Chinese food stores, bookshops and Chinese clubs to help you further experience the Chinese culture.
Our Chinese groups regularly plan outings together at the end of term, and we can always assist you with organising these events.