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Course module: 830248-B-6
Chinese for Beginners 2
Course info
Course module830248-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionChinese, Dutch, English
Offered byTilburg University; Language Center; AS: Language Center Foreign Languages; AS: Language Center Foreign Languages;
Is part of-
dr. W. Zhou
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 07/01/2020 11:00 up to and including 19/01/2020 12:00
At the end of this course, students are able to
  • carry out short dialogs of daily life topics in simple expressions and sentences;
  • recognize 300 words of 15 topics in Pinyin transcriptions;
  • recall the meaning and Pinyin of 200 commonly used Chinese characters;
  • recognize the meaning of simple texts in Chinese characters.
  • recognize some of the differences and similarities between the culture of Chinese-speaking countries and your own culture in terms of values, beliefs and behavior.


This target language of this course is Mandarin Chinese.
  • The final grade will be determined through writing tests (20%), weekly assignments (30%), speaking performance assessment (30%), and HSK 2 evaluation (20%).
  • Native speakers of Chinese should not take this course.
  • An attendance of 80% is required (3 lectures absent maximally).
  • This course has 13 lectures. In total, students will spend about 8 hours per week on this course: 3 hours for lectures and 5 hours for self-study (to work on the writing tests and weekly assignments). In addition, 12 hours to prepare for the speaking assessments.
  • This course is for students with Chinese language proficiency at HSK 1 level or CEFR A1. If you have any prior learning experiences of the Chinese language, please contact the teacher to make sure whether this course suits your level.
  • The level of this course is equivalent to Level 2 of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) or the A2 level based on the Common European Framework (CEFR).
  • The classroom language is mostly Chinese, but the explanation will be in English.
  • In case of low enrolment numbers, the Language Center remains the right to cancel a course.
Required Prerequisites
Successful completion of Chinese: Beginners Course or similar level (Level 1 of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) or CEFR A1).
Chinese for beginners 2 aims to train students to perform 11 language functions listed in HSK2 syllabus, including greetings, brief introduction of personal information, expressing gratitude, apologies and welcome, using numbers to express quantities and sequences, time expressions, brief descriptions, asking and answering simple questions, expressing and understanding of simple requests, expressing simple viewpoints and emotions, asking others' opinions, making suggestions and comparisons, and explaining reasons. The grammar topics and vocabulary listed in HSK2 syllabus are integrated in real-life tasks to reach these abovementioned language functions. In addition, this course trains students to recognize 100 new Chinese characters in the context of words, sentences and short texts.

Type of instructions
13 x 3 hours lectures

Type of exams
Writting tests (20%), weekly assignments (30%), speaking assessments (30%), and HSK 2 evaluation (20%).
Course available for exchange students
Available for all levels
Contact person
J.P.G.M. Smits
Timetable information
Chinese for Beginners 2
Required materials
Books can be ordered on Standard Course HSK 2 Textbook
Title:Standard Course HSK 2 Textbook
Author:Jiang Liping
Publisher:Beijing Language and Culture Univerity Press
Standard Course HSK 2 Workbook
Title:Standard Course HSK 2 Workbook
Author:Jiang Liping
Publisher:Beijing Language and Culture University Press
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