SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Chinese for business and management

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: 

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


This course will be taught over 20 weeks with a 2 hour lecture and a 2 hour tutorial.  6 research seminars to be taken within SOAS during the academic year.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus will cover aspects of all languages skills (i.e. reading, writing, listening, speaking and translation). The materials will be business- related and cover various aspects of finance, management and business.  This course has been designed to provide a good chance for MA students to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business related Chinese. It will enable students to make better use of Chinese language materials and enhance their core studies.

The teaching materials will be provided during the course. Students will be provided with specific vocabulary related to Business. The teaching will be conducted mainly in Chinese.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); one oral examination of 10 minutes duration taken in May/June (10%); end of term 1 test (written & oral) (5%); end of term 2 test (written & oral) (5%); regular coursework assignments throughout the year (10%); a language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects OR a translation project to be completed over the term of a suitable length OR a 3,000 word (or equivalent) translation (30%).

Suggested reading

As this is an upper intermediate level language course, there is no reading list necessary. The students will be assessed for the language level. Texts will be designed by the staff in the Department.


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