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Before choosing course

NB: This course is from the autumn 2013 replaced by LS1392 Chinese A1

The course builds on elementary Mandarin Chinese.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus DS1392 (Autumn 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course builds on the elementary course with continued study of the most common and important clause patterns focused on ordinary spoken Mandarin and continued study of a core character and lexical vocabulary. In addition the students practice the use of Chinese dictionaries and using Chinese on computers as well as translation and character exercises. The course comprises appr. 240 characters.

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio levels A1/A2,

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify tones and syllables in slowly spoken Mandarin Chinese, and understand simple sentences and clause patterns
  • understand some simple texts
  • use Chinese character books and dictionaries
  • write Chinese on a computer
  • read aloud unfamiliar texts in Pinyin with an acceptable pronunciation, and carry on simple conversations
  • translate simple sentences from Swedish to Chinese
  • translate simple sentences from Chinese to Swedish.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entrance requirements for university studies. A pass on the compulsory placement test before applying or a pass in elementary Chinese, DS1390 or DS1391. See our website for the test and more information,

Recommended prerequisites

1-2 years' study of Chinese


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • KON1 - Language Proficiency, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Language Proficiency, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

75% attendance. Mid-term tests (KON1; 3 credits), language proficiency (TEN1; 3 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DS1392

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Chinese, Advanced Beginners’ Level II


Björn Kjellgren, tel. 790 6125,

Supplementary information

The course has limited participation. Students who are not present at course risk losing their place on the course.

The course programme may be subject to changes and courses with an insufficient number of students can be cancelled or get a reduced number of lessons.