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Chinese 2.1

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course is a continuation of the previous course, Chinese 1.3. It is for students who have completed Chinese 1.3 or approximately 60 hours of tuition. This course enables beginners, who can talk about their daily life in Chinese, to further develop the four language skills. By the end of the course students should be able to grasp more grammatical concepts and sentence structures systematically, which will enable them to communicate more fluently.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed either Chinese 1.3 or equivalent.

Content of Course

  • Talk about past experiences
  • Indicate change of situation
  • Indicate ongoing actions
  • Get more information from an event
  • Make compliments
  • Describe a state

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of class activity and group work; use of audio-visual material as teaching aids (CDs and DVDs).
In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to spend 1-2 hours per week on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand frequently used sentences and expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.
  • Use what they have learnt to generate new sentences.
  • Have certain knowledge of characters and start to write, grasp how to use Chinese dictionaries.


Core Readings

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. 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.