Programme duration: 3 weeks/30 hours

Location: Clear Water Academy, 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AB

Programme fee: £550 for new students (includes all course materials, welcome pack & Academy Membership); £500 for Academy members. An additional 2 hours of Chinese character writing classes and 4 hours of Chinese tea art classes are available. Payable via PayPal or online bank transfer (please email us at or call us on +44(0)7803 567595)

Tea art classes will be held on 6th and 20th August during Session Three.


Programme Description

With native instructors from Taiwan, we offer the finest Mandarin tuition available in Edinburgh. Join our exclusive Beginners Mandarin Summer Programme, limited to 3 students, and with maximum contact with our instructor, master our complete beginners programme in 3 weeks. Students will learn traditional Chinese characters, receive a welcome pack with our unique course textbook lovingly created together with our Taiwanese partners in Edinburgh at no extra cost, and receive complementary Academy Membership which includes £40 member's discount on all our courses from languages to tai chi and members-only events including Chinese tea tastings (工夫茶) and Chinese calligraphy workshops. Students also enjoy a free place on The Way of Emptiness 皆空之道 Chinese and Japanese philosophy workshop, on 10th June.

For students on the Summer Programme, we offer additional traditional Chinese character writing classes which are arranged privately between the school and the student for their convenience. Students will learn stroke order, the rule of character balance and spacing, and punctuation. We also offer beginners Chinese tea art classes with Edinburgh-based Taiwanese tea expert TeaWon.


Why Traditional Chinese Characters?

4563202810_419bc9a658_bGiven we're passionate about traditional Chinese culture, we have decided to teach students traditional Chinese characters (fántǐzì 繁體字) beginning this coming term. Traditional fántǐzì characters sometimes look complex, but they are universally acknowledged to be absolutely beautiful and well worth the effort in learning to read and write them. They also retain the subtle meanings that are well known to have been lost in simplified Chinese characters (jiǎntǐzì 简化字). So traditional characters open up a new world for those, who like us, love the best of East Asian culture. Traditional characters are used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and are still used by many millions in China and the international Chinese community - especially in poetry, literature, calligraphy and spirituality. It is generally agreed that it is easier to learn simplified characters after having learned traditional characters than it is the other way around. That said, around 80% of the characters are exactly the same. So wherever you'll be reading Mandarin, you'll be equipped with the necessary tools.


Enjoy first-class tuition with online support outside of class and members only events.


Our Instructor: Chiawei Wang

Employment & Professional Experience

- Chinese Language Instructor, Tutor Ming, Feb 2017 — present
- Translator (English-Mandarin) for Leiden University on Coursera, Sept 2015 — present
- Research Assistant, Academia Sinica, Apr 2015 — July 2016
- Chinese Language Instructor, National Taiwan University, June — Aug 2014
- Adjunct Lecturer, Hsuan Chuang University, Oct 2013 — July 2014
- English Language Instructor, Infinite Rule Education Centre, May 2012 — Apr 2013
- Teaching Assistant, Fu Jen Catholic University, Sept 2009 — July 2011

Teaching Certificates

-Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan University, Mar 2014



Beginners Mandarin Summer Programme 2017