SOAS University of London

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

Ch 302: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Writing)

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 of 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

This module has two main purposes: First, to consolidate grammar structures and usage at intermediate level and expand students' vocabulary in written expressions and with attention on collocations. Secondly, to help students familiarize themselves with both informal and formal writing registers and acquire confidence in writing short essays in Chinese.


Your language skills would need to be the same as students returning from their second year abroad in Beijing.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. Master intermediate grammar structures and usage
  2. Have a good range of vocabulary and be aware of word collocations
  3. Feel confident in writing Chinese essays ( informal and formal)
  4. Express their opinion confidently in writing on familiar issues regarding contemporary China. 


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week. 

Scope and syllabus

Term 1

Short notes, formal and informal letters, exposition writing, CV and job applications, usage of Chinese punctuation and grammar exercises.

Term 2

Short essays on various topics, summary and commentary on literature readings.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); regular grammar exercises throughout the year (10%); regular writing exercises throughout the year (10%);  end of term 1 test (10%); end of term 2 test (10%).

Suggested reading

Readings will be sourced from various textbooks on the topics specified under 2c and and will be provided to the students through Moodle.


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