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Undergraduate course

Chinese Introductory Course

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKIN623
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Online instruction and a seminar in Bergen

Objectives and Content

This course offers basic training in modern Mandarin. Mandarin is the main language in, among other places, mainland China and Taiwan, and is the gateway to one of the world¿s oldest civilizations. Mandarin has the most native speakers of any other language in the world. Students will develop practical writing and speaking skills in modern Mandarin. They will learn correct pronunciation with the help of the transcription system `Hanyu pinyin¿, a basic vocabulary, and a number of Chinese characters.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will have introductory knowledge of the layout and structure of Chinese characters. They will be able to read simple texts and have a basic conversation in Mandarin.

Required Previous Knowledge

Good skills in English

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

100 % overlap with KIN621 and KIN101

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to continuing and further education (EVU)

Teaching and learning methods

Instruction is organized as a series of lectures and group work. There will be 4 hours of online instruction a week for 10 weeks, as well as an introductory seminar in Bergen.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

This course has frequent at-home assignments. In order to be eligible to take the exam, students must turn in assignments throughout the semester, and have 75% of them approved.

Forms of Assessment

A 15-20 minute oral exam.

It is possible to take the exam in the spring following the semester of instruction. In order to take the exam in the spring, the compulsory course assignments must be approved during the semester

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.

Reading List

A textbook for new beginners, workbook, and multimedia tools.

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen, which will include student feedback.