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Modern Chinese Reading/Writing


Admission requirements

The course is taught in Mandarin. Students must have a prior level of Mandarin at least equivalent to new HSK 4 (old HSK 5) or TOCFL level 3. They must also meet all entry requirements for the MA Asian Studies: Chinese Studies.


In order to help students develop their reading and writing skills in their academic fields of study, the selection of course materials is based on students’ academic interests, such as Chinese culture & society, economy, history, and politics. No textbook is used for this course; all materials are selected from a wide range of resources, for example, articles from newspaper/ magazines/ blogs; literature works: proses, short stories, chapters from novels.

The course consists of the four components: before-class tasks, class activities/oral presentations, two short essays, and a final exam. Before-class tasks include comprehension and preparation for vocabulary and grammar of the class materials. Class activities include intensive and extensive reading and students will give oral presentations on reading texts.

During the whole semester, students will write two short essays. Writing styles and format will be discussed.

Students are expected to be thoroughly prepared and to contribute actively.

Course objectives

Help MA students currently at an advanced level to develop their language skills by reading large amounts of varied, authentic materials, and writing short essays with reference to the said materials.


First semester, two hours per week.
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Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • total study load: 140 hrs (5 EC x 28 hrs)

  • contact hours: 24 hrs (2 hrs/week, 12 weeks)

  • preparation time ( before-class tasks, class activities, texts reading, oral presentations and final exam): 108 hrs (8 hrs/week)

  • Essays: 8 hrs

Assessment method

  • Before-class tasks 20%

  • Essays 20 %

  • Class activities and oral presentation 20 %

  • Final exam (reading comprehension and writing) 40%

The resit for the final exam is only available to students whose mark of the final exam is insufficient. The resit will then make up 100% of the mark.


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Reading list

Class materials will be distributed during the term.


Registration through uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Mrs. Ying-Ting Wang MA