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Academic Summer School at SOAS

Learn Chinese (2020 entry)

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Overview

Programme Description 

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Chinese Mandarin at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 6 weeks.

Chinese Level 1a (Beginner)
29 June - 17 July 2020

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Chinese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand sentences and short passages in written language on certain everyday topics
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce sentences in written language on certain everyday topics
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce sentences in spoken language on certain everyday topics
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand spoken sentences on certain everyday topics
Chinese Level 1b (Advanced Beginner)
20 July - 7 August 2020

This is a basic language acquisition course for students who want to build on the essential skills acquired in Level 1a, or who have equivalent existing knowledge and want to develop their skills. This course is equivalent to the second term of Chinese language study at university and students are therefore assumed to have some basic knowledge of the language or its script.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of commonly used grammar.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of vocabulary related to a range of everyday topics.
  • Gain greater knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic structures and expressions in a given context.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand passages in written language on everyday topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce short passages in written language on everyday topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand spoken sentences and short passages on everyday topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics.

Credit

Each three-week language module is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits is normally equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.

Current SOAS students selecting this course as an open option module will not be charged the tuition-fee. For further information and assistance, please contact summerschool@soas.ac.uk


"The course gave me the opportunity to expand my vocabulary. Furthermore, I learnt to look at things from a different point of view." (Learn Chinese, 2019)


Enquiries 

For more information, please fill out our enquiries form.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: 2020

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

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duration:
3 weeks or 6 weeks (combining the Beginner and Advanced Beginner courses)

Tuition Fees

Credit assessed: £1,750

Non-assessed: £1,600

Convenors

Structure

Chinese Level 1A (Beginner)

The course covers several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write short simple texts, and communicate on simple everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and on the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.

Chinese Level 1B (Advanced Beginner)

Students will develop their knowledge of some of the several basic constructions of the language, enabling them to advance their skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write simple texts, and communicate on everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and on the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Course Convenor

Ms Lik Suen

Contact Hours

40 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities) over 3 weeks. The course will be delivered Monday - Friday.

Assessment

Assessment for each course will be a test at the end of the first week of 40 minutes duration (30%) and at the end of the second week of 60 minutes duration (70%).

If you have opted to study for credit, you will be required to complete all course assessments. Should you complete the assessments with success, you will receive a transcript confirming your marks and credits. If you have not chosen to study for credit, you will be exempt from any course assignments and not receive a mark.

 

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Credit assessed: £1,750

Non-assessed: £1,600

Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

Discounts

10% discount if you apply by 31st March 

10% discount if you apply for two courses over 6 weeks

15% discount for SOAS alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)

20% discount for our partner institutions

Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for further information.

Accommodation

For more information, please see our accommodation page.

Scholarships
Academic Summer School Ambassador Scholarship 2020

The SOAS Academic Summer School is delighted to offer six tuition-fee waiver scholarships to passionate students with a desire to make a difference in the world.

The scholarships will cover the tuition-fee for one Academic Summer School course in 2020. 

Application Deadline: 2020-03-02 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Apply

How to Apply

To secure your place on the Academic Summer School, please apply using our application form.

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Please see our Ambassador Scholarship page for details regarding scholarship application.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Academic Summer School close on 25th May 2020.

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