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Chinese - Beginners




Admissions requirements



This is a beginnerscourse, which will be followed by an elementary course in the second semester. The two courses together form an integrated basic language course. At the end of the learning period, the learner will be able to understand basic Chinese sentence structures and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate practical and intercultural relevance (e.g. exchange of personal and family information, addressing others, shopping, local geography, etc.).

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

Course objectives

  • Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to converse about simple and routine matters. They will be able to describe aspects of their personal backgrounds, immediate environments and other matters in areas of immediate need in simple terms (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level, A2 after the second course).

  • Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level, A2 after the second course).

  • Learners will be familiar with cultural aspects of everyday life in China.

  • Learners will be able to write 400 Chinese simplified characters (800 after the second course). They will be able to write very simple phrases and sentences about everyday aspects of their environment in linked sentences, take notes of personal information, and compose a simple advertisement. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level)

  • Learners will acquire 450 (900-950 after the second course) vocabulary items. After the second course learners will master basic Chinese grammar constructions and expressions, which is sufficient for basic daily conversation.


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

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


Class oral assignment 30% (15% each, twice per semester)
Class dictation test 10%
Final listening exam/oral exam 30%
Final written exam 30%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Compulsory Literature:

  • 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.


  • Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 0-415-70010-8)


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact