SOAS University of London

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

Ch 303: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Translation)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 of 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

This module is designed for students who have studied Mandarin Chinese for two years, and particularly for year 3 students of BA Chinese single subject and joint degree. The module covers basic theories of translation and offers different translation exercises from English into Chinese. Students will carry out oral and written translation practice through texts, grammar and vocabulary exercises. The module will encourage students to develop their potential and improve their Chinese language proficiency.


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. translate articles of intermediate level related to the topics studied during the module
  2. interpret authentic materials, e.g. interviews, video clips, news, etc.


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

Scope and syllabus

Term 1
  • Week 1-2 Tourism
  • Week 3-4 Transportation
  • Week 5 Consolidation/ Test 1
  • Week 7-8 Social Issues
  • Week 9-10 Life
  • Week 11 consolidation Test 2
 Term 2
  • Week 1-2 Science and Technology
  • Wee 3-4 Health
  • Week 5 Consolidation/ Test 3
  • Week 7-8 Consumption
  • Week 9-10 Environment
  • Week 11 Consolidation/ Test 4

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); 6 homework assignments and 2 short tests (20%); 2 presentations and 2 short tests (20%).

Suggested reading

Texts from:

  • People's Daily (both Chinese and English versions)
  • Financial Times English and Chinese versions)
  • China Dialogue (in both Chinese and English)
  • Marcopolo Project,
  • Weekly News Journal
  • Phoenix TV
  • CCTV4
  • BBC World Service


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