Online ExpertTrack in Language

Contemporary Chinese I

Discover the basics of the Chinese language, learn the foundations of pronunciation, and explore the fundamentals of conversation.

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Develop your understanding of Chinese from the ground up

On this nine-week ExpertTrack from Chinese Plus, you’ll develop the ability to comprehend and communicate in the Chinese language at a basic level, preparing you to learn more complex Chinese.

Explore the basic phonetics of Chinese Mandarin

Chinese can be a difficult language to learn for native English speakers as it’s not a phonetic language, meaning that the pronunciation is not related to the writing of Chinese characters. That’s where pinyin comes in; a special system created to aid in learning how to sound out Chinese.

You’ll explore the Chinese language system alongside pinyin, discovering the phonetics of Chinese and helping you lay the groundwork for pronunciation and speaking in Mandarin Chinese.

Build your confidence with Chinese expressions, characters, and grammar

This ExpertTrack will guide you through the basics of the Chinese language, from greetings and introductions to expressions of time and location. You’ll explore Chinese grammar and characters to improve your reading and writing, as well as focusing on pronunciation to enhance your speaking and listening skills.

After working through this ExpertTrack, you’ll have a good command of basic Chinese words and expressions, Chinese characters, grammar items, and communicative function items, all building together to give you a fundamental command of the Chinese language.

Expand your career prospects with a new language

Learning a new language can enrich your life and make travelling the world even more enjoyable. It can also improve your job prospects. The benefits of being able to converse in a native language are obvious, and employers are understandably seeking staff with language skills.

With Mandarin Chinese being the language with the most native speakers in the world, and the Chinese economy regularly ranking as one of the largest across the globe, it’s an extremely useful language to learn, especially for business.

Learn from the experts at Chinese Plus

To support international Chinese teaching and learning throughout the pandemic, Chinese Plus was created by over 20 leading educational organizations worldwide.

With the best professionals in the field and rich resources from all collaborative global partners, Chinese Plus has perfected online teaching, learning, testing, and researching, providing top quality Chinese language courses.

Key skills you will learn

  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese Culture
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Pinyin
  • Chinese pronunciation
  • Greetings
  • Chinese names
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Expressions of time
  • Traditional Chinese customs

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore the basics of the Chinese language system
  • Identify key categories of vocabulary
  • Practice asking and answering conversational questions
  • Produce basic grammar and sentence structures for simple communication
  • Explore aspects of Chinese culture
  • Develop general knowledge of China

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is for absolute beginners, meaning that you do not need any prior knowledge or experience of the Chinese language to enrol.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone interested in learning Chinese, no matter what your experience is. It lays the groundwork for the Chinese language, making it ideal for a beginner.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Lay the foundations of Chinese Mandarin and learn pronunciation, sentence structures, and introductions.

    2 tests

    5 weeks

    5 hours per week

  • Course 2

    Build your Chinese language skills and improve your fluency in speaking and writing Chinese Mandarin.

    2 tests

    4 weeks

    5 hours per week

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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How ExpertTracks work

Join an ExpertTrack to master new skills in your chosen specialist area. Work through a series of topic-focused courses at your own pace, and pass the final assessment to earn a digital certificate award which proves your expertise.

Join a free 2-day trial

Decide if the ExpertTrack is right for you with free access to the full suite of courses and assessments for a week.

Keep learning for $39/month

Pay a monthly subscription fee of $39 for as long as it takes you to complete the ExpertTrack. You can learn at your own pace and cancel at any time.

Earn digital certificates

Receive a certificate for every completed course and pass the final assessment to earn a digital certificate.

Become an expert

Use your specialist training to progress further in your career or build expertise in areas you’re passionate about.

World-class learning with Chinese Plus

Chinese Plus lends support to domestic and foreign educational institutions, social organizations, and enterprises to take part in Online Chinese Class and set up localized platforms to conduct remote online Chinese education. It offers an all-in-one service package that includes online “teaching, learning, testing, and researching” as well as Chinese-centered online preparatory courses and “Chinese + vocational education” courses, among other services.

  • Established

  • Location

    Beijing, China

Meet your instructor

AFHEA, a Chinese teacher from Fudan University, has been teaching Chinese in China, Cameroon, Ecuador, the UK, Australia (remotely), and Belgium for over ten years.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
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  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
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  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
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ExpertTracks are a series of online courses designed to help you master new skills in specialist areas. You pay a monthly subscription fee which includes access to all courses within the ExpertTrack, as well as assessments and the final digital certificate.

Each ExpertTrack comes with a 2-day free trial period. You may cancel your subscription at any time and your subscription will automatically cancel when you finish the courses and assessments in your chosen ExpertTrack.

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