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Chinese Elementary




Admissions requirements

Chinese – Beginners


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

  • Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to communicate limited information in simple everyday situations. They will be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A2 level)

  • Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary. They can also catch the main point in short, clear messages and announcements. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A2 level)

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

  • Learners will be able to write 400-450 Chinese simplified characters. They will be able to write simple phrases and sentences relating to areas of immediate need. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level)

  • Learners will acquire 450-500 vocabulary items. They 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% (twice per semester, 15% each)
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


  • 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)


  • 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