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Chinese 3.2

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This intermediate course is the continuation of the previous 3.1 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 build up vocabulary to an intermediate level, grasp more grammatical concepts and sentence structures. The content of the course focuses on description, story telling and basic reasoning, which will enable students to understand and express ideas and simple arguments clearly. In addition, the students can learn more about Chinese culture and customs.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed either Chinese 3.1 or equivalent.

Content of Course

  1. Describing objects in details;
  2. Describing past events, telling stories;
  3. Talking about causes, reasons and results;
  4. Talking about differences between people, giving details;
  5. Talking about differences between places, giving details;
  6. Writing letters, talking about life in another country, expressing personal opinions.

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 1 hour on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand frequently used sentences and expressions related at immediate level on common topics, such as describing people, places, events, etc.
  • Express opinions more clearly in social activities and discussions, such as telling past events, explaining reasons and personal opinions, etc.


Core Readings

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese. Vol.3. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2003.

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.