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Chinese 3.1

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Course Summary

This course is designed for students who have completed Chinese 2.3 or equivalent course. Based on the Chinese language and culture knowledge student have gained in previous courses, Chinese 3.1 starts to move towards intermediate level. The expectations for the students are for good communication skills in Mandarin (both in spoken and written) for everyday life and work, in addition to appropriate communication strategies.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed either Chinese 2.3 or equivalent.

Content of Course

  1. Social Communication
    Talking about one’s problems and difficulties, offering help, giving advice
  2. Attitude
    Expressing attitude such as preference, intentions and plans, praise and encouragement, blame and complaint
  3. Judgement and evaluation
    Expressing judgement and evaluation such as causes, effect and purposes
  4. Emotion
    Expressing emotion such as indifference, surprise, worry, reassurance and sympathy
  5. Existence, time and space in story telling
    Telling time and space in narrative way

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). Tutoring will be mostly in Chinese.

The course is organized thematically, according to relevant function notions. Tutoring will be focused on the integration of skills necessary to advance students’ language skills in all areas including listening, reading, writing and speaking.

In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students will need to devote 1-2 hours per week for revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Communicate using an enlarged vocabulary and more sentence patterns in areas of most immediate relevance, such as discussing one’s personal problems and feelings.
  • Communicate more freely in particular social activities, such as giving suggestions and consolation;
  • Tell stories, or describe past events in narrative ways, with details about time, space and logic.


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.