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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Chinese 401: Advanced Modern Chinese Language

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Year 4
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Full Year

The course is designed to develop and consolidate the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the student. It aims to prepare the student to communicate fluently and appropriately, orally and in writing, in Chinese; demonstrate an effective understanding of the structures, registers, etc of the target language; demonstrate a critical understanding of the cultures and societies of Chinese and Chinese speaking communities.


Successful completion of either Chinese 301 or Chinese 302.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, the students should be able to communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing; gather, process and evaluate critically information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources; be an effective and self-aware independent learner.


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

Scope and syllabus

Advanced reading and writing (including translation both ways).  Advanced oral and aural.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (60%) taken in May/June; a 20 minute oral examination (20%); homework assignments in reading/writing (10%); continuous in-class oral/aural assessment (10%).