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Chinese II


Admission requirements

Chinese I


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.
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.

Course objectives

Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to communicate limited information in simple everyday situations.
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.
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.
Learners will acquire 450-500 vocabulary items. They will master basic Chinese grammar constructions and expressions, which is sufficient for basic daily conversation.


4 hours per week in block 3, 2 hours per week in block 4

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar course

Assessment method

Class oral assignment 15%
Class dictation test 15%
Final Listening exam/Oral exam 20%
Final Written exam 40%


Blackboard is used in this course for announcements, an overview of weekly assignments, extra study materials, etc.

Reading list

1) Compulsory Literature
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)
2) 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)


In uSis and via e-mail to the secretariat.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Ms. drs. A.S.Keijser


Only students of the specialisations HAC and PSE (MA AS) can be admitted to this course.