Evening course - LEVEL A1

Starting from October 17, 2022, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna is organizing a Chinese language course, aimed at those who have studied Chinese for a semester.


the course is specifically dedicated to those who have already studied Chinese for at least one semester.

General information

  • Pre-registration: up to October 7, 2022
  • Lessons schedule: from October 17, 2022 to January 18, 2022
  • Supply method: exclusively online, on the ZOOM platform.
  • Attendance timetable: the course will last for 36 hours, divided in 3 hours per week (2 classes of 1h &30 minutes each), for a total of 24 lessons that will take place on Monday and Wednesday, from 8.00 PM to 9.30 PM, following the didactic calendar shown below.
  • Duration: 36 hours
  • Cost: € 300,00
  • Language of the teaching: English
  • Number of participants: the Institute reserves the right not to activate the course if the minimum number of 10 students is not reached.

Educational objectives & course program

The course aims to introduce students to the study of the Chinese language, by learning basic knowledge of phonetics and grammar. At the end of the course the student will be able to understand and use very simple expressions in Chinese, and to satisfy basic communication needs, eg. how to introduce yourself.
The course program includes: Pinyin, tones and phonetics, learning the basics for reading and writing characters.
Our lessons are all taught by mother tongue teachers from People's University, specializing in teaching Chinese to foreigners. It is specified that the basic language of the lessons is English. 

Lessons schedule

  • OCTOBER: 17-19-24-26-31
  • NOVEMBER: 2-7-9-14-16-21-23-28-30  
  • DECEMBER: 5-7-12-14-19-21
  • JANUARY: 9-11-16-18

Any changes to the days and / or hours of lessons due to causes / impediments which have arisen, however independent of the will of the Institute, will be promptly communicated to students directly by the teacher and / or via email.

Please, note that the registration fee paid will NOT be refunded in any case if the student decides to register without having used the trial period. Furthermore, the registration fee CANNOT be refunded under any circumstances if the student does not attend lessons after registering.

Missed lessons CANNOT be recovered.

How to enroll

To register for the course, it will be necessary to send an email to istitutoconfucio@unibo.it and to complete the following Google Form: PRE-ENROLLMENT FORM CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES (October 2022-January 2023) - Moduli Google

Furthermore, all interested parties are requested to read the specific Information on the processing of personal data, (available for download here) in order to give or knowingly deny their consent to the processing of personal data, also for optional purposes indicated on the form.

In the event that the applicant for enrollment in the course is under the age of 18, the informed consent signed by the parents / legal guardian is required (form available in attachment).

The secretary office will confirm the activation of the course via email, upon reaching the minimum number of 10 members.

At the same time as confirming the activation of the course, the subscriber will also receive via email all the useful information to proceed with the final registration, which will be completed by paying the required participation fee.

Please note that the institute offers the first two lessons (considered as trial lessons): therefore the pre-enrolled will be able to attend the first week of lessons for free in order to evaluate the course and verify that the proposed class actually meets his needs, before proceeding with the definitive registration.

It should be noted that the registration fee paid will NOT be refunded in any case if the student decides to register without having used the trial period. Furthermore, the registration fee CANNOT be refunded under any circumstances if the student does not attend lessons after registering.

Missed lessons CANNOT be recovered.

In order to complete the registration, it will be necessary to send via email to the address istitutoconfucio@unibo.it the definitive registration form (which will be sent by email to the pre-registered person together with all the useful information for making the payment) plus a copy of the receipt of the payment transfer.

Registrations submitted in ways other than those indicated above will not be accepted.

Lessons in online mode and cultural activities in presence

The Confucius Institute will deliver its courses, also for this semester, exclusively in online mode, on the Zoom platform (downloadable for free).

After the confirmation of the course activation and close to the start of the lessons, pre-enrolled students will receive via email the meeting link and the credentials (Meeting ID and Password) necessary to proceed to attend the online trial lessons.

Meeting links and final credentials for the attendance of the course will be communicated at a later time only to students who will proceed with the final enrollment, together with the confirmation of enrollment.

We remind all students that the teachers will provide all the information relating to the functioning of the system, and that they will always remain at your disposal to provide further information. For any need regarding the use of the Zoom platform, it will always be possible to contact your teacher.

This semester the Confucius Institute will organize seminars and cultural activities in presence, reserved for students enrolled in language courses. The activities, without obligation of attendance, will be organized outside the scheduled lesson times. The calendar of activities will be announced at the beginning of the courses.

Teaching materials

The teaching material will be communicated and provided to students as part of the course. The didactic material will be provided exclusively in digital format (in pdf version)
Please note that the paper version of the textbooks is NOT included in the cost of the course. 
In order to improve the service offered, we remind all students that, in association with the on-line lessons, the teachers will deliver the video recording of the lesson itself and any additional material to serve as support. For this sending, the teachers will use the "WeTransfer" program, as it does not require any registration or installation by users, who can download the materials directly on their PCs / devices