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Silk-Road Mandarin Language Center

Silk-road Mandarin Language Centre offers a variety of courses for all ages depending on their current proficiency of Mandarin.

Available courses

Mandarin Programmes for Children and Teenagers [4-17 years old]

  1. Distinguishing Mandarin and other languages
  2. Learning intonation
  3. Describing pictures
  4. Recognising simple Chinese characters and reading simple sentences
  5. Expressing thoughts and feelings
  1. Mastering Pinyin, distinguishing vowels, consonants and intonation.
  2. Making inferences
  3. Able to read with Pinyin and pictures
  4. Able to read aloud correctly and fluently
  5. Able to recap stories
  6. Able to describe pictures
  1. Master a certain number of Chinese characters, radicals, and pinyin, etc.
  2. Able to accurately read aloud the stories and articles of the appropriate level.
  3. Able to write accurate sentences using the vocabulary they have mastered.
  4. Able to communicate with teachers in Mandarin.
  1. Guidance is provided according to the content of the Chinese primary school textbooks for Standard 1-6.
  2. Be more insightful in reading passages
  3. Improving the comprehensive ability of Chinese primary and secondary school students; guiding them to write expressively.
  1. Courses are set according to each student's Chinese proficiency.
  2. Guiding students to read regularly.
  3. Improving students' comprehensive abilities
  4. Improving students' writing skills.
  1. The course is set according to the proficiency and requirements of students.
  2. Improving Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as a whole.
  3. Learners are gradually guided from the elementary to the advanced level.
  1. The course is specially designed for international school students.
  2. The contents are tailored according to students' proficiency
  3. To improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, assist learners sit the exam confidently.

Chinese programmes for adults

  1. Starting from the elementary stage and efficiently mastering spoken Chinese.
  2. .Within the shortest possible duration, mastering basic Chinese communication skills through Pinyin.
  1. Gradually improves listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  2. Enhancing Chinese proficiency during spare time
  1. Courses are specially designed for companies.
  2. Courses are tailored according to different requirements and different fields.
  1. Intended for learners who seek improvement for their Chinese proficiency within a short duration.
  2. Intensive training to increase Mandarin fluency in all areas.
  1. Contents are tailored to each individual's requirements.

Available Courses

Mandarin Programmes for Children and Teenagers [4-17 years old]

This course is designed to lay foundations for successful language learning for four year olds. Every activity in the Mandarin Play Club is specially designed to cultivate an interest in the Mandarin language, allowing children to comprehend and assimilate what they see, hear and experience more effectively.

Mandarin is introduced through storytelling, puppets, flash cards, games, multi-media, colouring, video, arts & crafts, language games and songs.

This course is designed to encourage children to develop their confidence and Mandarin communication skills in a fun learning environment. As they master the use of expressive vocabulary, pronunciation and tones, and increasingly complex sentence structures, they learn to appreciate the Mandarin language and enjoy using it in all areas of life. Mandarin is introduced through storytelling, oral language activities, picture comprehension, flash cards, videos, multi-media, songs, colouring, story CDs, basic pinyin, arts & crafts, radicals & strokes and basic word recognition.

For early childhood literacy, we believe that children should develop grammatical sense naturally as they are assimilated to the Mandarin language.

The reading and writing program is designed for children to start reading after they learn 40-50 basic Chinese characters, after which they will develop confidence and a sense of accomplishment. This will lead to them develop confidence and a sense of accomplishment, helping them develop an interest in reading, which will lay foundations for their life-long education.

Upon gradually learning Chinese characters, children will find it easy to start reading and schooling. Children will learn words to form sentences, write essays and engage in after-class exercises that promote critical thinking.

Children will also enjoy learning characters, phrases and sentences, word structures, radicals & strokes and pinyin in fun games, such as dominoes. Our beautiful picture storybooks are suitable for children’s imagination and way of thinking.

This programme is designed to help children establish a solid foundation in Mandarin. This programme enhances children’s ability to express themselves in Mandarin with confidence, and gives them the chance to explore the use of Mandarin beyond the school syllabus which are more meaningful and relevant to their daily lives.

We focus on writing, reading, speaking and listening. Chinese characters are taught according to the character formation system. Radicals, strokes and pinyin are introduced to students from the very beginning.

We believe that stories are the windows to knowledge, allowing children to learn about the world. We use the latest editions of popular pictorial storybooks from China in educating children. This will also make children develop an interest in reading.

We also let children listen to CDs to develop a better sense of the Mandarin language in terms of intonation, speaking ability and development.

Chinese idioms, or chengyu, are short sayings usually consisting of four characters, and are mostly derived from ancient literature. Chengyu are often closely linked with myths, stories or historical facts from which they were derived. Chinese stories tend to have significant and interesting meanings, so Chinese idioms will not only tell you the meaning of the phrases and stories behind them, but will also help you learn more about ancient Chinese culture. After learning Chinese idioms, you will be able to communicate better with Chinese friends and understand the implied meaning of what they’re saying, and be able to better comprehend reading materials in greater depth.
The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), translated as Chinese Proficiency Test, is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency of non-native Chinese Speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese Language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK results are internationally recognised as proof of Mandarin language proficiency. It is administered in Simplified Chinese, and it consists of six levels.
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Our preparation course focuses on the linked language skills of reading, writing and oral communication. Through their study of Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin, learners can achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.

Mandarin Programmes for Adults

The Practical Mandarin Conversation programme primarily focuses on Proper speech and pronunciation, and teaches students to converse in Mandarin with proper grammar and sentence structures. Students will be able to communicate in Mandarin confidently and comfortably in real-life situations. Textbooks are used as a guide and teachers will often employ many other educational techniques to improve speaking and listening abilities, such as videos and audio CDs.

This course aims to introduce Chinese characters to students, allowing them to read and write in Mandarin with proper grammar and sentence structures. Students will progress from Book One up to Six to improve their reading and writing capabilities. Progressive learning storybooks from books one to six are provided to improve reading and writing skills. Reading skills are improved by reading the news in Chinese with different difficulty levels. Listening skills are improved by listening to Chinese recordings at different speeds.
Our Corporate Mandarin Training programme will be designed based on you and your organisation’s specific requirements for the employees. The course will be customised to your company’s need for employees to communicate in Mandarin in order to facilitate the company’s business. We can arrange for employee group Mandarin classes, either at our language centre or your company’s business location.
This intensive Mandarin crash course introduces non-Chinese speaking students to the basics of Mandarin for everyday life. While mastering Mandarin can take some time, this programme can provide you with the fundamentals to manage basic daily tasks within two to three months, with 4-6 hours of lessons a week.
Our Private Mandarin Course programme is designed specifically to meet the needs and goals of individuals. Private courses are especially good for those who wish to focus on specific aspects of the Mandarin language, such as reading, writing, Business mandarin or even exam-oriented preparation courses. Every lesson’s duration and timing is flexible.

In addition to improving Chinese proficiency, we build interest among learners and improve their understanding of Chinese culture:

Pinyin Express

  • generally set for elementary Chinese learners
  • assists students master Chinese efficiently
  • lays the foundation for subsequent reading and literacy classes.

Chinese idioms

  • Learning idioms and stories interestingly

The evolution of Chinese characters:

  • Understanding the evolution of Chinese characters from ancient times to present, enabling students be more insightful with the meanings of Chinese characters, increasing the interest in learning Mandarin characters.

Chinese historical allusions

  • Understanding basic history and culture of Chinese via stories, idioms, and biography.

The courses are conducted online and offline