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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


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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 is taught in English and Chinese Language and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Chinese Language grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Chinese Language 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.

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. Preparation for the class is highly recommended, and voluntary homework is set each week.




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).

See our online store to book a place on this course.

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.