SOAS University of London

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

Ch 300: Intermediate Chinese

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year

This module aims at improving students’ command of Modern Chinese by focusing on all language skills which are required at intermediate level and enable students to complete their academic work successfully. Students will develop reading skills of processing and analysing information and develop their vocabulary in a systematic manner; students will consolidate their grammar knowledge via writing practice; students will also be encouraged to develop speaking and presentation skills based on reading, audio and visual inputs provided.



Year 3 level of Chinese required.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. Read Chinese texts, newspapers and academic publications with confidence;
  2. Master intermediate grammar structures/ usage; improve accuracy in writing and speaking
  3. Build a good range of vocabulary and be aware of word collocations.
  4. Gain confidence in writing informal and formal essays in Chinese
  5. Enhance understanding of important social issues in contemporary China


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

Scope and syllabus

The following is a representative syllabus and subject to change based on suitable textbook(s) and available teaching staff.

Term 1

Weeks 1-2: Unit 1

Weeks 3-4: Unit 2

Week 5: Unit 3 (1)

Week 6: Reading Week

Weeks 7: Unit 3 (2)

Weeks 8-9: Unit 4

Weeks 10-11: Unit 5

Term 2

Week 1-2: Unit 6

Week 3-4: Unit 7

Week 5: Unit 8 (1)

Reading week

Week 7: Unit 8 (2)

Week 8-9: Unit 9

Week 10-11: Unit 10

Method of assessment

Homework assignments (30%); 2 oral presentation of 8 - 10 minutes duration - one in term 1 and one in term 2 (20%); final reading and writing examination of 2 hours duration (50%).

Suggested reading

  • Textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader 5   ISBN:9787561914083
  • Sources on Moodle
  • Supplementary texts which are sourced from various textbooks, literary anthologies, newspapers, magazines and internet websites, will be provided via Moodle.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules