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Chinese (Mandarin) Pre-Intermediate Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term. 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 a natural progression from the Elementary Chinese course. The course consists of three terms (each term consists of 10 weeks) with a continued focus on developing the practical listening, spoken and reading skills of the course participants, but gradually moving on to use the Chinese language to express one’s ideas and viewpoints with a wider range of vocabulary on various topics. By the end of the course, the participants should be able to engage in discussions of non-specialist current topics. It is also hoped that the participants should develop the ability to read traditional form of Chinese characters, as the textbook comes in both simplified and traditional forms

Course participants will have the freedom to develop their own vocabulary depending on their interest, and will develop the skills to gather information from authentic sources in Chinese.


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 Pre-Intermediate you need to have completed an Elementary level course in Mandarin Chinese at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 120 hours). The progression route from Chinese Pre-Intermediate 1 is to Chinese Pre-Intermediate 2; from Pre-Intermediate 2 to Pre-Intermediate 3. Upon successful completion of Chinese Pre-Intermediate 3 you will be able to progress to an Intermediate level course in Chinese Mandarin.

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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