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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Chinese 301: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language 1

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Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year

This course aims at improving students’ command of modern Chinese by focusing on skills that are important for the students’ academic work through both reading and practical use. In reading, the students will develop skills of processing and analysing information, develop their vocabulary in a more systematic manner through various forms of written materials, learn about the contexts of those materials and how they might be employed in academic research.

The practical language use part of the course addresses advanced issues of grammar in conjunction with various tasks where the students are required to use the target language through, for example, compositions in both practical and formal manner.


Years 1 and 2 of the BA Chinese programme or equivalent (1,500-2,000) characters.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of this course, a student should be able to read modern documents such as newspapers and academic publications, have mastered issues of grammar and varied discourses, and be able to use the target language with improved accuracy.


Total of 22 weeks of teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (70%) taken May/June. Coursework for Readings in Modern Chinese (10%). Coursework for Advanced Grammar and Application (20%).