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Essential Chinese Beginners 1 Semi-intensive (39930)

SOAS Language Centre



10-hour 1-week semi-intensive course in Chinese for beginners

Monday 7th- Saturday 12th August 2017

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - 18:00-20:00
Saturday 10:00-15:00 (including a 1-hour lunch break)


Detailed Description

This course covers content equivalent to what is in the first half of the SOAS Language Centre course: Chinese Beginner 1. The course, while complete in itself as a ‘taster’ course, will enable students to progress on to Essential Chinese 2. It also provides a useful orientation for those contemplating joining one of our short courses in the autumn term. The course is designed to give participants an appreciation of Chinese as a linguistic system and enables participants to communicate a limited amount of information on simple every-day topics. No knowledge of any language other than English is presupposed. The course is taught in English and Chinese. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice.

 Outline Syllabus


  • General Introduction to Chinese
  • Pinyin and Tones (Part 1)


  • Pinyin and Tones (Part 2)
  • Greetings


  • Self-Introduction
  • Numbers
  • Introduction to the Writing System

Saturday Morning

  • Verb shi and Sentence Structures
  • Negative Sentences and Interrogative Sentences
  • Ordering Drinks

Saturday Afternoon

  • Speaking Practice
  • Writing Practice

Coursebook (available from SOAS Bookshop):

Zhu, Xiaoxing (2006). Experiencing Chinese - Living in China. Beijing: Higher Education Press

By enrolling on a course at SOAS Language Centre, you are bound by its Terms and Conditions.