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After a number of months of remote and hybrid teaching, we have reviewed the COVID-19 guidelines and the preference of our students and have decided to continue with our Hybrid course format as well as a number of remote courses in January 2021. The Hybrid course format efficiently combines Face-to-face (up to 4 students) and Remote teaching with flexibility for you.

Click here for more information on our Hybrid courses.

In order to keep everybody safe, do not come to our school if you have any symptoms or have had a chance of exposure to Covid.

Would you like to follow a course aimed at being able to speak and read everyday Chinese and which, together with course I b, prepares you for the HSK1 exam? Are you also interested in Chinese culture?  Then this is the right course for you.

You will become acquainted with the 'pin yin' and the tonal system. Step-by-step you will also learn to write some of the most basic characters. You will increase your listening skills with a variety of practice material both in class and at home, using our online learning platform KickstartNet. Asking each other simple questions is part of the lesson routine.

With the help of HSK exam material you will improve your language skills, which will increase your chances of successfully working with Chinese partners or when planning to study or work in China. It is not compulsory to take the exam. The exercise material ensures that you actively use the language and that you achieve good results. 

This course, which focuses on effective communication, is taught in English and is suitable for both Dutch and Expats. Young adults also belong to our target group.


Course options

This course can only be attended remote.
Chinese Course I a - HSK 1
12 lessons of 2 hours (total 24 hours)
28 September - 21 December, 2021
Tue evening 19:30 - 21:30
Intensity: Regular
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Tuesday 28 September
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 05 October
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 12 October
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 26 October
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 02 November
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 09 November
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 16 November
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 23 November
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 30 November
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 07 December
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 14 December
19:30 - 21:30
Tuesday 21 December
19:30 - 21:30
€ 360,

Overview - Chinese Course I a - HSK 1

Group size
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Course Length
24 hours
Duration per lesson
2-2,5 hours
2-3 hours
Language during lesson
Chinese and English
Catch-Up Lessons
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Content and Learning Goals - Chinese Course I a - HSK 1

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to pinyin and the tonal system
  • Relevant grammar and frequently used vocabulary
  • Functional language 
  • Information on cultural norms and traditions
  • Practical communicative activities

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself in different ways
  • Count until 100
  • Turn sentences into questions in a number of ways
  • Inquire after somebody’s nationality
  • Talk about professions
  • Talk about your family
  • Tell the time and talk about dates
  • Invite people
  • Use pin yin and use the tonal system
  • Recognise the most important characters
  • Talk about do’s and don’ts in families based on Confucianism
  • Talk about eating and drinking and order food in a restaurant
  • Understand how HSK 1 works

Practical Information - Chinese Course I a - HSK 1


€360 (excluding the book); €320 for students/au pairs (student card number/details of host family must be provided).






Course materials

Integrated Chinese 1 Textbook: Simplified Characters; ISBN: 978-1-62291-135-6, €45. Book can be purchased at Kickstart. This book is used for all course levels.

Kickstart handout


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