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

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate . . .

knowledge and understanding of most of basic Chinese grammar

knowledge and understanding of more essential Chinese vocabulary

knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Chinese structures and expressions in a given context

the ability to understand short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics

the ability to produce short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics

the ability to understand spoken Chinese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics

the ability to deliver short prepared verbal presentation on topics of general interest


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides an introduction to Chinese language with an emphasis on practical written and spoken Chinese. It covers phonetics and phonology (with special attention paid to tones), characters (including aspects of origin, structures, radicals etc).  Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, making comparisons, etc.

Method of assessment

A three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); continuous assessment (20%); oral examination (10%).


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