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SOAS Language Centre

Chinese Advanced Course

Duration: One-year course with 3 terms, 12 weeks per term, 2 hours per week

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 12 weeks.

The course consists of three terms with 12 weeks each term. The course is designed to further develop to advanced level the Chinese language competencies students have already acquired. Learners will deepen their understanding of Chinese grammar and vocabulary and become able to communicate with greater ease and fluency. Comprehension skills will be developed through reading Chinese newspapers and similar authentic materials from other media. The course also aims to further students’ understanding of different aspects of life in Chinese societies, both past and present, through various illustrative topics.

Method

The course is taught in English and Chinese and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Chinese grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Chinese in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Syllabus

Materials

Materials

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. To guarantee good progress, preparation for each class is highly recommended and voluntary homework is set each week.

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; 35kb) , 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.