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SOAS Language Centre

Chinese Elementary Course

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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. 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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