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Chinese language course could help in job hunt

06 Sep 2007

Chinese language course could help in job hunt A popular language course run by the University of Teesside Business School is being run again this year.

The Chinese language course was oversubscribed last year as students lined up to take the Foundation Chinese course.

Dealing with Mandarin language and culture, it is being run alongside a course for more experienced linguists, Chinese for Work and Travel, according to n-e-life.

At least one student on the course secured a job in Bejing after learning essentials such as Pinyin and four tomes, greeting, asking personal questions, light conversational skills, ordering at restaurants and talking about family.

Course tutor Dr Anqi Shen, a Chinese national, told the website: "The course aims to develop basic survival skills in Chinese as well as an awareness of Chinese culture and tradition."

She said that after a year students would have basic conversational skills and a rudimentary recognition of easier written Chinese, as well as an introduction to writing basic Chinese characters.

The advanced job-based coursed covers commenting on a variety of subjects, conversation about daily matters, making travel arrangements, business chit-chat and basic writing for business purposes, including other topics.

There are more speakers of Mandarin Chinese than any other language in the world.

China has been widely recognised as a massively growing global economy.

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