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Chinese 8

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Online course

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Course description

The Chinese 8 course is intended for those who have completed the Chinese 7 course or have a comparable level (B1.2) of Chinese. Attention is paid to the different components of the characters and the structure of the Chinese language. In this course the topics covered include: basic knowledge of Confucius and his ideas/philosophy, side jobs for students, applying for a job, financial relations between parents and children in China, ethics, festivities in China. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Attention is also paid to the cultural context of the countries in which the language is spoken.

After completing this course, you will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately three hours per lesson).

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Course material

  • Contemporary Chinese (Revised edition) Vol. 3 - Textbook (English and Chinese Edition); Sinolingua; ISBN 9787513807357 
    Chapter 9 - 12.

  • Contemporary Chinese (Revised edition) Vol.3 - Exercise Book (English and Chinese Edition); Sinolingua; ISBN 9787513807364  

The textbook Contemporary Chinese 3 consists of 12 chapters and corresponds to a complete level of the CEFR/ERK. The aim of this book is to guide you from level A2 to level B1. The content is divided into three courses. After the course Chinese 6 you will reach level B1.1 and after following Chinese 7 level B1.2 and after Chinese 8 level B1.3 (B1)

The course material is not included in the course price. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves well in advance. Audio CDs of the textbook and the exercise book can also be purchased separately by the course participants, but this is not compulsory.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education diploma, including both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties who have no connection to Leiden University. The course is open to persons aged 17 or older who have completed a secondary school education.

Participants who have successfully completed the Chinese 7 course of the Academic Language Centre, or who can prove in some other way that they possess the required entry level can sign up.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for an online course is 16 and for a classroom course is 18.
  • The course load is  hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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