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Chinese Advanced Course

Part of the range of Chinese language learning courses and activities at SOAS Language Centre in London

Duration: One year of three twelve-week terms


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

The course is designed to develop learners’ abilities to read Chinese newspapers and similar authentic materials from other media. The course consists of three terms (each term consists of 12 weeks) during which it is hoped that participants will become familiar with the structure and formats of Chinese news media. The course also aims to further the understanding of different aspects of life in Chinese societies both past and present, through various chosen topics.

The course uses a range of materials, from An Introduction to Chinese Newspapers Reading in Term 1 to SOAS prepared materials in Term 2 and 3, supplemented by additional materials from a wide range of sources. Chinese will be the language of instruction in class. The course will be discussion based, with regular topical seminars. In addition to written texts, authentic audio and visual materials will also feature in the course in each of the three terms. Preparation for the class is highly recommended, and voluntary homework is set each week. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Entry Requirement

Entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants must contact the Language Centre to arrange for an assessment at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the term. Knowledge of basic Chinese grammar and approximately 1,200 characters is required.




Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 24 hours of language tuition over a twelve-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session).

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Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 462kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.