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Chinese (Mandarin) Intermediate Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term. Each term classes 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 consists of three terms with 10 weeks each term. The course is designed to further develop to intermediate level the Chinese language competencies students have already acquired. Learners will deepen their understanding of Chinese grammar and vocabulary and become able to communicate with greater ease and fluency. Comprehension skills will be developed through reading Chinese newspapers and similar authentic materials from other media. The course also aims to further students’ understanding of different aspects of life in Chinese societies, both past and present, through various illustrative 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 the skills of comprehending and producing Chinese in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities.

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Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop

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 Intermediate you need to have completed a Pre-Intermediate level course in Mandarin Chinese at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 180 hours). The progression route from Chinese Intermediate 1 is to Chinese Intermediate 2; from Intermediate 2 to Intermediate 3. Upon successful completion of Chinese Intermediate 3 you will be able to progress to an Upper Intermediate level course in Chinese Mandarin.

Related Information

See the full list of short evening courses and accredited programmes in Chinese on the Chinese Section Homepage.

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