School of Modern Languages

Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese 1

This course is intended for those who have completed Elementary Chinese 3. It aims to develop integrated skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at the intermediate level.

The course is designed for those who have completed the Elementary Chinese 3 course or who have:

  • completed more than 60 learning hours
  • known about 200 basic Chinese characters, 400 basic Chinese words
  • passed HSK level 2

A placement interview is required, except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class.

Learning outcomes

The course seeks to develop language learners’ integrated skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at the intermediate level, with a special focus on reading and writing.

Practical skills

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to conduct conversations in Chinese on range of topics, and:

  • make a comment on one’s action or behaviours
  • express your emotions and opinions
  • consult others' opinions and make suggestions
  • ask for reasons and explain reasons
  • remind and urge somebody
  • write a short passage or letter to describe your life and hobbies

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • understand and enhance the usage of sentence tones and the stress in phrase/sentence
  • further understand Chinese grammar (including the usage of complements, special sentences structures)
  • have the ability to read expositive and narrative articles written in commonly used vocabulary
  • learn approximately 400 new vocabulary items and phrases

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquette, value systems and identities, and some current affairs.

How to register

Complete the Evening Courses Registration Form (PDF: 94KB) and return it to the Confucius Institute General Officeor book and pay online through the Newcastle University webstore.

Intermediate Chinese 2

This course seeks to develop integrated skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at the intermediate level. It has a focus on vocabulary, Chinese characters, passage reading, and practical writing in daily and business life.

The course is designed for those who have completed the Intermediate Chinese 1 course or who have:

  • completed more than 90 learning hours
  • known about 500 basic Chinese characters, 800 basic Chinese words
  • passed the HSK level 2 with high scores(≥240)

A placement interview is required, except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class.   

Learning outcomes

Practical skills

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to conduct conversations in Chinese on abundant and business topics, and:

  • talk about direction and location, and ask about direction and transport
  • look for a job, take an interview and talk about a past experience
  • make an appointment and a date with someone
  • book a hotel, a plane ticket and do online shopping in China
  • talk about living conditions and pick someone up or see someone off
  • write a short passage or letter to express complaint and suggestions

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • master pronouncing Chinese sentences in common speed, and use different tones to express someone’s emotion
  • further understand Chinese grammar (usage of emphasising, sentences indicating existence, the exclamatory structure)
  • have the ability to read argumentative articles and some newspaper and business reports written in commonly used vocabulary
  • learn approximately 400 new vocabulary items and phrases
  • learn the methods of constructing Chinese characters

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquette, value systems and identities, and some current affairs.

How to register

Complete the Evening Courses Registration Form (PDF: 94KB) and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office, or book and pay online through the Newcastle University webstore.

Intermediate Chinese 3 / Intermediate Chinese 3 Advanced

This course is an opportunity to further your knowledge and understanding of Chinese. It is designed for those who have completed Intermediate Chinese 2.

The course is designed for those who have completed the Intermediate Chinese 2 course or who have:

  • completed more than 110 learning hours,
  • known about 600 basic Chinese characters, 1000 basic Chinese words,
  • passed the HSK level 3 (300X60%≥180)

A placement interview is required (except for continuing students with advancement approval from previous class)   

Learning outcomes

The course seeks to develop language learners’ integrated skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking at the intermediate level, with a special focus on vocabulary, Chinese characters learning, passage reading and practical writing in daily and business life.

Practical skills

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • be able to conduct conversations in Chinese on abundant and business topics
  • be able to express one’s opinion, give an example
  • be able to compare, present and appreciate a gift, ask in retort
  • be able to describe something, emphasize an affirmation, express modesty
  • be able to indicate a change, make a summary

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • master in pronouncing Chinese sentences in common speed, and use different tones to express someone’s emotion
  • further understand Chinese grammar (including the usage of “把”sentence, the adverb “更”and “最” used to express comparisons, separable verb, using the verb “有没有”to express  comparisons, the rhetorical question, sentences indicating existence or emergence…etc.)
  • have the ability to read argumentative articles and some newspaper & business reports written in commonly used vocabulary
  • learn approximately 300 new vocabulary items and phrases
  • learn the methods of constructing Chinese characters

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to Chinese culture and history, customs and social etiquette, value systems and identities, and some current affairs.

How to register

Complete the Evening Courses Registration Form (PDF: 94KB) and return it to the Confucius Institute General Office, or book and pay online through the Newcastle University webstore.