School of Modern Languages

Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese 1

This course is intended for those who have completed Elementary Chinese 2 or 3. It aims to develop integrated skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at the intermediate level.

Intermediate Chinese 1 is designed for those who have completed the Elementary Chinese 2 or 3 course or who have:

  • completed more than 40 learning hours
  • a good command of about 100 basic Chinese characters and 200 basic Chinese words
  • passed HSK level 1 test

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 speaking.

Practical skills

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

  • express your emotions and opinions
  • rent a house, see a doctor, hang out with your friends
  • explain reasons, consult others' opinions and make suggestions
  • 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 150 new vocabulary items and phrases

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will understand more Chinese social etiquettes, especially on how to conduct daily conversations with Chinese people.

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.

Intermediate Chinese 2 is designed for those who have completed the Intermediate Chinese 1 course or who have:

  • completed more than 60 learning hours
  • a good command of 200 basic Chinese characters and 400 basic Chinese words

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 in business topics, and achieve at such progresses as being able to:

  • introduce hometown or other cities
  • grasp basic living skills such as public services, library, expressage etc
  • take an interview and talk about a past experience
  • book a hotel, a plane ticket and do online shopping in China
  • make a comment on one's actions and behaviours
  • pass the HSK level 2 test with some additional touches on HSK Level 3 contents

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 (including the usage of compliments, special sentence structures)
  • learn approximately 200 new vocabulary items and phrases
  • learn the basic methods of constructing Chinese characters

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be introduced to conversation skills in business and other specific topics.

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

This course provides an opportunity to further your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Chinese. The course is designed for those who have completed the Intermediate Chinese 2 course or who have:

Intermediate Chinese 3 is designed for those who have completed the Intermediate Chinese 2 course or who have:

  • completed more than 90 learning hours,
  • a good command of about 400 basic Chinese characters, 600 basic Chinese words,
  • passed the HSK level 2    

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 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
  • pass HSK level 3

Linguistic knowledge

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • 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 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

Cultural awareness

Your language learning experience will be complemented with an exploration of culture. You will be exposed to abundant 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.