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This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese language (Mandarin) for non-background speakers. The course will start with basic components of Chinese language: the pinyin, and characters. It will teach you how the Chinese language works both grammatically and in socio-cultural contexts so that you start to develop your linguistic and communicative competences. The four language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing - are integrated throughout the course. A cultural awareness is also built into the course. Through language study you will develop an informed understanding of Chinese linguistic behaviour, society and culture. 

This course is a beginners-level language course. All students who have had some experience with the language, either as a heritage language or through previous instruction, must fill in the placement questionnaire available at You will not be permitted to enrol in a language course that is too easy for you. If this occurs, you will be requested to change your enrolment.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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