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2017/2018  BA-BAPPO1003U  Chinese Intro 1

English Title
Chinese Intro 1

Course information

Language Chinese
Course ECTS 30 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc International Business in Asia
Course coordinator
  • Susan Aagaard Petersen - EGB
Main academic disciplines
  • Language
Last updated on 01-09-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: After having completed the full year course the student:
  • Can translate texts of the same level as curriculum from Chinese into English
  • Can construct simple sentences applying the correct grammar and actively use vocabulary from curriculum
  • Can engage in basic dialogue coping with straightforward questions related to everyday topics.
  • Can pronounce without major errors
  • Can correctly read, write and understand all characters from curriculum
Course prerequisites
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP.
This course has two individual exams:
Chinese Intro 1 - Mid-term:
Exam ECTS7,5
Examination formWritten sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration2 hours
Grading scalePass / Fail
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter
AidsClosed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
It is only possible to take the Chinese Intro 1 exams in the Winter.
Chinese Intro 1 - End-of-course:
Exam ECTS22,5
Examination formOral exam
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Duration20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation timeNo preparation
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam periodWinter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The curriculum corresponds to the entire textbook material from Fall semester. The exam consists of 4 parts:

  1. Dictation using the characters studied during the semester
  2. Reading aloud and translating a text excerpt from syllabus
  3. Grammatical questions
  4. Talking about a picture and conversing in Chinese

The grade is based on an overall assessment of all 4 disciplines.

Course content and structure

This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP.

The intro course is an intensive course that provides knowledge of the basic elements with regard to syntax, grammar, and colloquial speech. The course will help the student build a basic vocabulary enabling him/her to communicate in basic everyday Chinese.

The course offers classes in various linguistic disciplines such as grammar, speaking, listening, writing, reading, and translating into English.Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio inputs corresponding to a beginner's level.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods combine lectures and group work guided by cooperative learning principles that engage each student to a maximum extent.

The introductory course is a demanding full-time study. Active class participation is expected. We warmly encourage the students to form smaller study groups.
Feedback during the teaching period
Weekly tests provide the students with regular feedback and with opportunities to in a timely fashion to realize whether they have gaps in their knowledge of Chinese language.

Feedback is further offered in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Teaching 180 hours
Preparation 640 hours
Examination 3 hours
Further Information

This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP. Both Chinese Intro 1 & Chinese Intro 2 must be passed before matriculation to Year 1 at ASP.

Expected literature


  • Liu Xun et al.: New Practical Chinese Reader (新实用汉语课本): Textbook, Vol. 1-2 (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2004). Vol. 1: ISBN 7-5619-1040-1; Vol. 2: ISBN 7-5619-1129- 7; Vol. 3: ISBN 7-5619-1251-X; Vol.4: ISBN 7-5619-1319-2
  • Liu Xun et al.: New Practical Chinese Reader (Xin shiyong hanyu keben): Workbook, Vol. 1-2 (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2004). Vol 1: ISBN 7-5619-1042-8; Vol 2: ISBN 7-5619-1145-9; Vol 3: ISBN 7-5619-1252-8

Useful handbooks:


  • Hung-nin Samuel Cheung: A Practical Chinese Grammar (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2002 (org. 1994))




  • Claudia Ross & Jing-heng Sheng Ma: Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide (London and New York: Routledge, 2006)


On-line dictionaries Chinese-English English-Chinese:

  • dict.youdao.com
  • www.mdbg.net
  • linedict.com


Please note: these reading materials are only tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on LEARN before the course begins. 

Last updated on 01-09-2017