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Chinese 4.2

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course is the continuation of the previous course, Chinese 4.1, for intermediate students who have established a relatively strong foundation in learning Chinese. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand more grammatical and lexical concepts as well as sentence structures, which will enable them to communicate more confidently and effectively. In addition, students will know more about the customs and the lives of contemporary Chinese people and gain a solid understanding of contemporary Chinese society and culture.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed either Chinese 4.1 or equivalent.

Content of Course

  • Talking about Chinese lottery
  • Talking about the development of cities in China
  • Talking about the internet lives of Chinese people
  • Talking about contemporary relationship between man and woman in China

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of whole 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 2 hours on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should:

  • be familiar with the rules of Chinese phrase-formation, such as prefix and suffix, greatly enlarge their Chinese vocabulary
  • know more about contemporary Chinese society
  • know more about the customs and the lives of Chinese people
  • Communicate more freely in social activities


Core Readings

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese. Vol. 4. 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.