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Chinese Pre-Intermediate Course

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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. 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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