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Chinese Lower Intermediate "A" Course

Part of the range of Chinese language teaching courses and activities at SOAS Language Centre

Duration: One year of three twelve-week terms.


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

The course is designed to further develop the language skills in Chinese based on the beginners course. The course again consists of three terms (each term consists of 12 weeks) with a continued focus on developing listening, spoken and reading skills of the course participants. By the end of the course, participants should be able to communicate freely in daily life situations, to describe some events and to express their own ideas and views while engaged in discussion in a limited range of topics. They will be introduced to a further 440 characters and about 750 words over 36 weeks.

The course uses the third and fourth volumes of "Chinese in Steps". Both Chinese and English will be used as the language of instruction in class. The course is still very much practice-based, focusing on listening and speaking, with a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and reading. Homework is set each week and there will be regular informal assessment and an end-of-term exercise towards the end of each of the three terms.

Course participants will learn 22 characters per lesson and are expected to spend at least 2-3 hours each week outside the class on preparation, homework and revision. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Entry Requirements

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 600 characters is required.




Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk


Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross campuses of SOAS on one evening per week or Saturday daytimes for 36 weeks, divided into three 12-week terms (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session). 

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Language Centre How To Apply

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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.