Chinese Language 4

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

KIN104 builds on KIN103 and provides further beginner's level instruction in and about the Chinese language, with emphasis on language structure, written language and normally polite speech. This is an offer for students who wish to learn modern mandarin over the basic level.

Students will acquire practical skills in modern Mandarin, both written and oral. They are to learn a vocabulary of 300 words related to everyday life and society, as well as 160 signs. They must also learn to express their own point of view on different topics. Proper pronunciation will be emphasized.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:

- have acquired a basic vocabulary and grasped the basic grammar

- have acquired a 300-word vocabulary related to everyday life and society and 150 signs.

- be able to write a series of the most useful Chinese signs without consulting a glossary or dictionary

- be able to express his/her own point of view on different topics

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
KIN103 or the equivalent. Good English skills. It is seen as a clear advantage to take KIN103 and KIN104 in the same semester.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching will be given in the form of lectures and seminars. There are about 10-12 hours of teaching per week, comprising 6 weeks in the second half of the semester.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

This course includes 5 mandatory take-home assignments. Additionally, the student must in the course of the semester give at least one oral presentation. The student must attain approval on at least 4 out of 5 take-home assignments, as well as on the presentation, in order to be eligible to take the exam.

Students must attend at least 75 % of the teaching sessions. Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment
The assessment in the course is a four-hour written exam in reading fluency, grammar and writing ability.
Grading Scale
The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Autumn. There is also an exam early in the spring semester for students with valid and approved obligatory assignments.
Reading List

Textbook for beginners, which comes with its own workbook, and multimedia tools. Dictionaries and a separate grammar book.

The reading list will be ready by 1 Jul for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation
Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Course Coordinator
The Program Board for Chinese Studies.
Course Administrator
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.