Mandarin Chinese/Standard Chinese (Putonghua/Hanyu) is spoken by 70% of the people of China. Standard Mandarin (Beijing Dialect) is the lingua franca in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, 56 distinct ethnic groups and 292 living languages. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The written form is based on pictogram known as Hanzi (中文zhōngwén).

Learning Mandarin Chinese will give you opportunities to experience 5,000 years of Chinese history, 9,600,000 square kilometres of land, delicious food and many interesting customs and traditional festivals.

At Keele we offer 6 levels of Chinese, from absolute beginner to intermediate, available to all Keele students and staff.

See the module catalogue for the description of:

Semester 1
Semester 2
Chinese 1 Chinese 2
Chinese 3  Chinese 4
Chinese 5 Chinese 6

Keele Students

If you choose a Modern Language module as a free-standing elective within your undergraduate degree programme there is no additional cost.

If your principal programme does not allow you to take any free-standing elective modules you can still enrol on one language module per semester free of charge.  Equally, if you can only choose one free-standing elective per year you can take a second module in the same language without additional charges.


Undergraduate students

As explained above, there is normally no additional cost for taking a language module. An additional module fee of £265 will be applied only if you wish to study more than the above allocation of credits (e.g. if you wish to study two languages simultanously or use your elective credits for another module).

Postgraduate students

We are pleased to offer our PGT and PGR students free places on our language modules (subject to availability after undergraduate enrollment). If you would like to take a Modern Language module please download the application form.

Please contact the Language Centre office ( who will be happy to advise on any of the above.

Keele Staff

As part of Keele's international strategy, the Language Centre offers free places on credit-bearing language modules to staff.

Improved career prospects

You will increase your employment prospects.

Additional qualifications

You have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification alongside your degree.

Enhanced experience

You will develop communicative as well as linguistic skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

Increased choice

You have a wide variety of languages and courses to chose from.

And it's fun!

You have the chance to learn in an atmosphere which is professional but also relaxed and enjoyable.

You may choose to enrol for one semester only or take a number of modules for more systematic language learning and the opportunity to achieve an Enhanced Degree Title or a record of achievement on your HEA report.

The Language Centre offers up to 10 levels (stages 1 - 10), from absolute beginner to post A level. It is important to select the appropriate level based on your previous experience. To help you decide please click here for a helpful guide or contact our administration team ( who will be happy to discuss this further with you.

These stages are comparable to the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for further details please see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and may be any time between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday. Times will be available from the beginning of each semester.  Please note that a number of language classes will be timetabled on Wednesday afternoons to avoid clashes with core modules.

What our students say

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our Chinese Modern Language modules:

"I'd just like to highlight the enthusiasm and optimism of my Mandarin tutor and thank her for her seemingly infinite patience."

"My tutor was very inspirational and has made me want to learn Chinese at a greater level."

"What a fantastic 3 years of language learning, it has been the highlight of my three years at Keele."

"Feedback simultaneously built confidence and issued points for improvement."

"I enjoyed the media used to help familiarise us with the pronunciations. I would like to see some more of them in my later Chinese learning."