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Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 20 hours blended learning. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

The course is designed to further develop the language skills in Chinese based on the Beginners course. The course consists of three terms (each term consists of 10 weeks) with a focus on developing listening, spoken and reading skills. By the end of the Elementary course, participants should be able to communicate freely in everyday situations, relate events and express ideas and views while engaged in discussion on a limited range of topics.


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 comprehension skills and producing accurate Chinese speech and writing. The course offers guided practice in language use and authentic communicative activities.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course

Online Course Requirements

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Contemporary Chinese vol.2 - Textbook (Chinese) 1 Oct. 2014  by Zhongwei Wu

We strongly recommend to wait until your course is confirmed before purchasing the textbook.

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

To be able to join Chinese Elementary 1 you need to have completed a Beginners course in Mandarin Chinese at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 60 hours). The progression route from Chinese Elementary 1 is to Chinese Elementary 2; from Elementary 2 to Elementary 3. Upon successful completion of Chinese Elementary 3 you will be able to progress to a Pre-Intermediate level course in Mandarin Chinese.

Related Information

See more information on the Chinese language and courses in Chinese offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Chinese Language Homepage.

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