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Chinese Upper Intermediate 1

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

PLEASE NOTE: When online enrolment is closed, you can still book this course directly via the Confucius Institute for Scotland.


Tel: +44 (0) 131 662 2180


This course is the continuation of Intermediate 6. Students continue to develop all the four skills starting to slowly close the gap between their receptive and productive skills. The development of listening and speaking skills will remain a focus of the course, and teachers will at the same time encourage students to rely less on pinyin. Compared to lower levels of courses, slightly more emphasis will be attached to the recognition and writing of characters. Additional assistance regarding the study of characters will be provided where necessary. Students are encouraged to reflect and internalise grammatical devices and structures that they have studied and actively use them in conversations and writings. Topics covered in the textbook will also help students know more about education in China, Chinese people’s attitudes towards lottery and how Chinese people see cultural communication.  

Course Details

Content of Course

  • Vocabulary building and conversation/paragraph construction related to topics covered in the textbook;
  • Key expressions: ‘…多的是’, ‘有利’ , ‘有利于’, ‘不…也不能…’, ‘反而’, ‘假若’;
  • To use 者, 性, 星 as a suffix;
  • To use 双 as a prefix

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of joint class activities and group work. Supplementary material is prepared by the teacher. To benefit fully from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least 1-2 hours to revise each class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Know more about urbanisation in China;
  • Express complaints and criticisms in Chinese;
  • Briefly report survey results in Chinese;
  • Know more about what ‘wealth’ may mean to Chinese people;
  • Talk in Chinese about children’s education, number superstition, attitude towards lottery and cultural communication practice;
  • Study more autonomously beyond class


Core Readings

Textbook: Contemporary Chinese (Book 4, Lesson 4-6)

Please use the following epay link to purchase the course textbook.

Please note that course materials are not included in the course fee.

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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

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