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Chinese 3.3

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Course Summary

This intermediate course is the continuation of the previous course, Chinese Language 3.2, for students who have established good foundations in learning Chinese, enabling further development of the four language skills. By the end of the course, students should be able to use vocabulary at an intermediate level, grasp more language points, grammatical concepts and sentence structures. The content of the course focuses on the description and understanding of Chinese social phenomena, enabling students to understand and express ideas and simple arguments clearly. In addition, students will learn more about Chinese culture and customs.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed either Chinese 3.2 or courses at an equivalent level.

Content of Course

  • Describing objects using set phrases;
  • Talking about job hunting;
  • Comparing differences in the relationship between children and parents in the West and in China ;
  • Learning about Chinese festivals.

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of joint class activity and group work. In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to spend at least 1.5 hours on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand the grammar of prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions and words indicating time.
  • Understand frequently used sentences to introduce or change a topic; to connect ideas and improve coherence.
  • Express opinions more clearly in social activities and discussions, such as job hunting and celebration of festivals, etc.

This course concludes the Chinese 3 studies. Students should have a good command of 442 new words and expressions, and 15 new grammar items.


Core Readings

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese. Vol. 3. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010.

There will be an additional charge for the textbook and workbook not exceeding £30. The materials can be purchased with the Confucius Institute for Scotland via the link below:
...or in the first class of the semester at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

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If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.