Introduction to Chinese
Duration: One year of three terms; 2 hours per week, 10 weeks per term
Mode of Attendance: Part Time
This new course is part of a wide range of Chinese language courses and activities available at SOAS Language Centre.
Introduction to Chinese (Mandarin) aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of Chinese and focuses on the acquisition of practical communicative skills. It covers basic grammar and essential vocabulary, allowing participants to communicate in Chinese on a limited range of daily topics. Participants will also have opportunities to learn to recognise and write simple Chinese characters. If students wish to continue their study of Chinese after three terms, they may be able to transfer to the Beginners Chinese course, but will be recommended to request an assessment prior to doing so.
The course is taught in English and Chinese and includes coverage of speaking and listening skills, with a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.
Not a total beginner? Please see our page on course assessments.
Language Centre How To Apply
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 462kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
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.
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.