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Chinese Beginners Course

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Chinese Beginners aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of Chinese and focuses on the acquisition of practical communicative skills. It covers basic grammar and essential vocabulary, allowing participants to communicate in Chinese on a limited range of daily topics. Participants will have opportunities to learn to recognise and write simple Chinese characters. If students wish to continue their study of Chinese after the first term of study, the following term is entitled Chinese Beginners 2. This will be scheduled in the autumn term.


The course is taught in English and Chinese and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Chinese grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Chinese in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.




Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop Please see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

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