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Chinese I


Admission requirements

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


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.
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.).

Course objectives

Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to converse about simple and routine matters.
Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary.
Learners will be familiar with cultural aspects of everyday life in China.
Learners will be able to write 400 Chinese simplified characters. 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. Learners will acquire 450 vocabulary items.


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Mode of instruction

Seminar course

Assessment method

Class oral assignments 30% (twice per semester)
Class dictation tests 10%
Final Listening exam/Oral exam 30%
Final Written exam 30%

Should a student not have obtained a passing grade after the first round of exams, it is possible to resit the final exams. The composition of the final grade will remain the same: class dictation tests (10%), class oral assignments (30%), resit final listening/oral exam (30%) and resit final written exam (30%).


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

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Reading list

1) Compulsory Literature
Ding Anqi, Lily Jing, Xin Chen. 2010. Discover China Student’s book one. UK: Macmillan Education. (ISBN: 0-230-40595-9)
Betty Hung. 2010. Discover China Workbook book one. UK: Macmillan Education. (ISBN: 0-230-40638-6)
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)


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