SOAS University of London

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

Ch 304: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Listening and speaking)

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

This module aims at improving students' Chinese proficiency by focusing on training their listening and speaking skills. It is suitable for students who have studied Mandarin Chinese full-time for two years with a vocabulary of around 1,500 characters. The module is designed in such a way that it combines traditional classroom teaching with independent learning through Moodle as a platform for online resources, which gives learners flexibility and accessibility. The content of the module is twofold. First, it adopts traditional listening methods using materials especially developed for this module, covering both formal and colloquial usage. Secondly, it uses authentic audio-visual online materials specifically tailored to this module, which cover general issues in Chinese society and worldwide to make language leaning in the classroom more relevant to current issues. Speaking activities will be in the form of presentations, discussions and debates with emphasis on using transitional expressions.  

At the end of the module, students will have expanded and consolidated their vocabulary and grammar structures accordingly; they will be able to express themselves in a more concise and coherent manner and will be confidently use authentic aural and visual materials in Chinese for their study and research. The module is particularly suitable for year 3 students of BA Chinese single subject or joint degree.


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. Enlarge their vocabulary and consolidate grammar;
  2. Express themselves in a more concise and coherent manner on general topics with awareness of using transitional expressions;
  3. Develop methods to approach authentic aural and visual materials with confidence. 


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

Scope and syllabus

Term 1
  • Week 1-2 Tourism/ Quiz /Homework portfolio 1
  • Week 3-4 Transportation/ Quiz /Homework portfolio2
  • Week 5-6 Social issues Consolidation/Quiz
  • Week 7 Consolidation /Oral presentation
  • Week 8-9 Social issues/ Quiz/ Homework portfolio 3
  • Week 10 Social issues/Quiz/ Homework portfolio 4
  • Week 11 Test 1
Term 2
  • Week 1-2 Science and Technology/Quiz/ Homework portfolio 5
  • Week 3-4 Health /Quiz/ Homework portfolio 6
  • Week 5-6 Life and debate skills
  • Week 7 Consolidation and Group Debate
  • Week 8-9 Consumption /Homework portfolio 7
  • Week 10 Environment and HSK mock/ homework portfolio 8
  • Week 11 Consolidation/ Test 2

Method of assessment

Eight homework exercises (30%); 2 presentations (10%); test 1 and test 2 in week 11 of term 1 and term 2 (10%); a 10 minute oral presentation (10%); a listening examination in week 3 of term 3 (40%).

Suggested reading

Texts from:

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


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