SOAS University of London

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

Intermediate Modern Chinese Language: Grammar and Writing

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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 and equivalent to UG students on the module Chinese 301B: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Grammar and Writing).

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 consisting of a 2 hour lecture.

Scope and syllabus

Term 1

  • Short notes, advertisements, emails and letters, chart/table reading and exposition writing, CV and various letters formats, usage of Chinese punctuation

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 (40%); regular assignments throughout the year (10%); one translation and two compositions of 2500 Chinese characters (in total) to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (30%); 4 in class tests (2 per term, dates will be announced) (20%).

Suggested reading

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


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