SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Chinese Elementary Course

One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week

2017 Entry requirements

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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 consists of three terms (each term consists of 10 weeks) with a focus on developing listening, spoken and reading skills. By the end of the Elementary course, participants should be able to communicate freely in everyday situations, relate events and express ideas and views while engaged in discussion on a limited range of topics.

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 comprehension skills and producing accurate Chinese speech and writing. The course offers guided practice in language use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.




Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop Please see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

Fees and funding


Language Centre How To Apply


You can view our short course timetables here.

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; 33kb) 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; 107kb) , 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.