SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chinese 2

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Full Year


Prerequisite: Chinese 1A and Chinese 1B or equivalent.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This module will run for two terms, four hours per week. It is designed for students who have completed Chinese I or equivalent. It aims to introduce more grammar and expanding the vocabulary. 57 new grammar patterns and 350 new characters will be introduced. Students are expected to master a vocabulary of up to 1,100 words at the end of the module. They will be able to understand and engage in conversation with everyday vocabulary and to understand the main point(s) of short, clear and simple messages and descriptions.


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

P C T’ung and D E Pollard: Colloquial Chinese, lessons 10-16 (simplified version).

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one oral examination taken in May (20%); end of term 1 test (written and oral) (10%); end of term 2 test (written & oral) (10%); regular coursework assignments throughout the year (10%).

Suggested reading

  • P C T’ung and D E Pollard: Colloquial Chinese, lessons 10-16 (simplified version), Character Text for colloquial Chinese (SIMPLIFIED SCRIPT) . 

Additional selected readings in modern Chinese may also be used in this module.


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