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Chinese Upper Intermediate Course

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

Duration: This is a one-year course with three terms of twelve weeks.


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

The course is a natural progression from the Lower Intermediate Chinese course. The course consists of three terms (each term consists of 12 weeks) with a continued focus on developing the practical listening, spoken and reading skills of the course participants, but gradually moving on to use the Chinese language to express one’s ideas and viewpoints with a wider range of vocabulary on various topics. By the end of the course, the participants should be able to engage in discussions of non-specialist current topics. It is also hoped that the participants should develop the ability to read traditional form of Chinese characters, as the textbook comes in both simplified and traditional forms

Course participants will have the freedom to develop their own vocabulary depending on their interest, and will develop the skills to gather information from authentic sources in Chinese.

The course uses "A Trip to China" (Princeton University Press 1996) over the period of three terms and possibly some supplementary materials prepared by the Language Centre. Chinese will be mainly used as the language of instruction in class. The course will be discussion based, with listening and speaking skills continuing to be the focus. Social and cultural elements will be an increased aspect of the course. 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 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 850 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 Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 24 hours of language tuition over each twelve-week term (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.