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Chinese for alumni

HSK niveau 4

Online course

This is an online course. To be able to participate in this course, you are advised to use a headset with microphone.

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Course description

The Chinese course for alumni is intended for course participants who have a HSK level 4. Attention is paid to the different components of the characters and the structure of the Chinese language. In this course the topics covered include: working, travelling, education, leisure. During the course, in addition to the course method, teaching materials are used that the teachers themselves have composed on the basis of contemporary multimedia practice and responding to current events. Each lesson focuses on a current topic. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. On the basis of practical situations, both informal and business language is practiced. 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 two hours per lesson).

A certificate will be awarded if the course participant has attended 80% of the lessons and successfully completed all assignments during the course.

Course material

  • HSK Standard Course 5a - Textbook. ISBN 9787561940334.

The course material is not included in the course price. Course participants are required to purchase the course material themselves at bookstores.

Target group and admission requirements

This course is primarily intended for alumni of the Chinese degree programme at Leiden University, though graduates with a Sinology degree from other universities are also welcome. For others who have become familiar with Chinese language and culture in other ways, the HSK (new style) admission requirement is level 4.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 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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