SOAS University of London

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

Chinese for Business

Module Code:
155903010
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
6
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

This module has been designed to provide an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business related Chinese. It will enable students to make better use of their Chinese language skills in both formal and informal contexts.

It will cover aspects of all language skills (i.e. reading, writing, listening, speaking and translation). The materials will be mainly business-related and cover various aspects of business, finance and management.

The teaching materials will be provided during the module to ensure they are most current and relevant. Students will be provided with specific vocabulary and expressions related to business transactions and interactions. The teaching will be conducted mainly in Chinese.

Prerequisites

155901409: Chinese 5 or equivalent level

This module is available as an open option to students on other programmes who meet the pre-requisite.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. understand and translate formal business documents and give presentations in Chinese
  2. use online Chinese sources effectively to enhance their knowledge and skills for business purposes
  3. to conduct business-related verbal (e.g. face-to-face, telephone) transactions.

Workload

A total of 10 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week, consisting of a 2 hour lecture an a 1 hour tutorial. 

Scope and syllabus

  • Chinese government policies regarding economic development (e.g. the five year plans).
  • Formal business documents (contracts, agreements, etc.)
  • Business cases (success as well as failure cases of business operations in China and in the west with the focus on foreign businesses operating in China).
  • Business correspondences
  • Business reports
  • Business-related news
  • Business reports and analysis

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); continuous assessments consisting of coursework assignments and in class tests throughout the module (20%); end of term  test (10%); 2 oral presentations - 10% each (20%).

Suggested reading

The module materials will be prepared the teacher(s) teaching and/or convening the module.

Disclaimer

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