Chinese in Speech and Writing I

15 Credits
First Cycle Level 1
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
Chinese (KIA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 13 September 2016.
This syllabus is valid from 13 September 2016.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students shall be able to:

  • use the Pinyin Romanization system to read and write Chinese
  • express themselves clearly at the basic level
  • engage in conversations about various topics covered in the lessons
  • understand approximately 400 Chinese characters and 500 character-compounds
  • use simple grammatical structures
  • read and understand utterances and short passages with the aid of Pinyin.

Course Content

The course comprises six parts that build on each other. The different parts, such as listening, speaking, reading and writing is integrated to a large extent with each other.
The course includes speaking and listening exercises, where the students, through the use of text recordings, video clips, dictations, pronunciation exercises, and sentence pattern exercises within and outside the classroom, learn how to understand sentence-long statements, questions and commands in Chinese, and to respond in Chinese. In the course seminars, the students come into direct contact with a large number of Chinese characters, and in combination with written assignments the students build a solid foundation for reading and writing sentences and passages in Chinese. The students also practise how to write, in Chinese characters, most of what they can speak.


The students are examined continuously through the assessment of active participation in seminars and assignments as well as through a final oral examination.

Forms of Study

Chinese is used as the language of instruction, supported by English or Swedish. Teaching is done in the form of seminars, group work and different individual online activities.


The Swedish grades U–VG.

To get the grade of VG for the whole course, VG is required for at least 9 credits, including modules 5 and 6.

Reporting of grades:
Module 1: Oral and written proficiency, part 1 - 3 cr
Module 2: Oral and written proficiency, part 2 - 3 cr
Module 3: Oral and written proficiency, part 3 - 3 cr
Module 4: Oral and written proficiency, part 4 - 3 cr
Module 5: Written examination - 1.5 cr
Module 6: Oral examination - 1.5 cr


  • General entry requirements and English 6. No knowledge of Swedish is required

Other Information

Replaces KI1024.