Chinese 2

This three term course is progressive with students moving from Chinese 2.1 to Chinese 2.2 and then to Chinese 2.3.  Each section of the course lasts for 10 weeks and bookings can be made on a term by term basis.

Chinese 2.1 is for those who have completed 1.3 or 60 hours of tuition – Enrol
Chinese 2.2 is for those who have completed 2.1 or 80 hours of tuition – Enrol
Chinese 2.3 is for those who have completed 2.2 or 100 hours of tuition – Enrol

Any student with prior learning who is unsure which level would best suit their ability should arrange to drop into the Institute for an assessment by one of our language teachers.

Content of Level 2 Course

  • Talk about past experiences;
  • Indicate change of situation;
  • Indicate ongoing actions;
  • Get more information from an event;
  • Make compliments;
  • Describe a state;
  • Talk about the weather
  • Make comparisons;
  • Talk about a location;
  • Express the duration of an action;
  • Express the frequency of an action;
  • Express the result of an action;
  • Talk about the action in progress;
  • Talk about house moving;
  • Make complaints;
  • Talk about sports and entertainment;
  • Make suggestions;
  • Talk about how you will arrange something;
  • Talk about being unwell;
  • Comfort someone and express regret

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand frequently used sentences and expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance and over the course develop a good command of 448 new Chinese words and expressions.
  • Use what they have learnt to generate new sentences and develop 44 new communicative function items and 27 new grammar items;
  • Have certain knowledge of characters and start to write, grasp how to use Chinese dictionaries and over the course feel much freer to communicate in Chinese

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of class activity and group work plus use of audio-visual material as teaching aids (CDs and DVDs). In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students should plan to spend at least 1-2 hours per week on revision and homework

Learning materials

Textbook: Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese. Vol.1. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2003.

The textbook, workbook and character book purchased for Chinese 1 will also cover the three levels of the Chinese 2 course. For those students who do not have these from a previous course of study the materials can be bought for £30 at the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the first class of the term.