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8014201 Chinese 1, 4 Cp 
Code 8014201  Validity 01.09.2010 -
Name Chinese 1  Abbreviation Chinese 1 
Credits4 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Subject0001 Language Centre Studies 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Language Centre, shared activities (J,K) 

Learning outcomes 

The course aims at giving the students the basics of both pronunciation and Chinese characters so that the students have a solid base for developing their listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities.
At the end of the course, the students know basic Chinese vocabulary and simple sentence structures and are able to:
• understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
• introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
• interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


The teaching materials introduce the students to daily life, social customs and culture in China.
Topic areas covered include, e.g.:
1. Learning the basics of both pronunciation and Chinese characters.
2. Learning how to introduce yourself, greet someone, and talk about studies and other everyday topics.
3. Describing your family members.
4. Using numerals and measure words in Chinese.
5. Learning how to make an appointment, and how to express requests and refusals politely.
6. Making suggestions and comments.

Modes of study 

Class participation and completion of course assignments

Minimum attendance requirement to contact teaching is at least 50 %

Teaching methods 

Teaching methods used: lectures, oral work including role-plays in pairs and small groups, pronunciation practice, vocabulary exercises, independent learning tasks (e.g. writing), computer supported
Total working hours for each student 108 hours. Maximum contact hours 48, some of which can be otherwise arranged with the lecturer and the participants.

Study materials 

New Practical Chinese Reader 1, Textbook, 3rd Edition (kappaleet 1 – 2)

Evaluation criteria 

Numerical grading 5–0.

The final grade will be consisted of four parts. Attendance, small vocabulary tests, class performance and the final exam at the end of the semester.

Lowest accetable grade is 65 % from the final exam maximum score 

Numerical grading 5–0.

If the final exam is failed, the student has the right to take a retake.






Joensuu and Kuopio

Further information 

Decisions concerning exemptions are made by the Language Centre.

The language of tuition is Finnish, English and Chinese


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams