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Advanced Modern Chinese: Speaking


Admission requirements

The course is taught in Mandarin. Students must have a prior level of Mandarin at least equivalent to HSK 5. They must also meet all entry requirements for the MA in Chinese Studies.


The course includes three components: before class listening exercises, class activity and after class tasks. First, before class listening exercises include listening comprehension, transcription of listening materials, and identifying useful language components / structures / patterns in listening materials. The selection of listening materials will be based on different styles and genres, for example, news, interviews, audiobooks, podcasts and so on. Second, class activity will consist of discussion of listening materials and exercises such as paraphrasing, interpreting and summarizing. Third, after-class tasks include conducting interviews, recording assignments based on class activities (monologue, summary, interpreting, paraphrasing and reading texts out loud within a time limit), and commenting on other students’ assignments. Assignments are internet-based and should be submitted via Blackboard and Google Docs.

Students are also expected to prepare adequately and to contribute actively

Course objectives

  • Help MA students currently at a high-intermediate level to improve speaking accuracy, correctness and fluency.

  • Help MA students have a better command of vocabulary, grammar, language patterns for different topics, styles and occasions (both formal and colloquial).


Second semester, two hours per week.
Check the timetable on the departmental website for time and location.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Before-class tasks (25%)

  • After-class tasks (40%)

  • Final exam (35%)


Yes. For enrollment,visit the website Blackboard . Then click on: courses > Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen > China, Talen en Culturen van > 2012-2013> Registreer/enroll.

Reading list

Teaching materials will be distributed during the term.


Register through uSis.

Contact information

Lecturer: Mrs Y. Wang