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Chinese - Elementary




Admission Requirements

Chinese – Beginners or beginner’s knowledge of Chinese: A1 (Common European Framework)


This course aims at the development of communicative skills, with a special focus on listening and speaking skills. The expanding of cultural knowledge about China and its people is an integral part of the course.

Course Objectives

Expending the knowledge acquired in the first semester, the learner will master basic Chinese grammar constructions and expressions, enabling him/her to handle basic daily conversations.

Mode of Instruction

The teaching method will be based on communicative-oriented approach, with strong focus on pronunciation and speaking fluency.


Class oral assignment 30% (twice per semester)
Class dictation test 10%
Final Listening exam/Oral exam 30%
Final Written exam 30%

Two oral assignments will be arranged per semester. The first oral assignment is an individual assignment; the second one is a group assignment.

Class dictation tests will be held once a week (check “weekly overview” on Blackboard for details).

The final oral exam and written exam will take place during the “reading week” (26-30 May).


Compulsory Literature
For the first week (from 3 -10 February):
Ding Anqi, Lily Jing, Xin Chen. 2010. Discover China Student’s book one. UK: Macmillan Education.
Betty Hung. 2010. Discover China Workbook book one. UK: Macmillan Education.

For the rest of this semester:
Shaoyang Qi. 2011. Discover China Student’s book two. UK: Macmillan Education. (ISBN: 0230406394)
Jie Zhang. 20111. Discover China Workbook book two. UK: Macmillan Education. (ISBN: 0230406408)

Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)
Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 0-415-70010-8)

Contact Information


Weekly Overview

To be announced on Blackboard before the start of the first block.

Preparation for first session

For the first session, prepare for the following:
1. Discover China Student’s book one : UNIT 12 lesson 1
2. Discover China Workbook book one UNIT 12 lesson 1 exercise 1, 3