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DS1396 Chinese, Intermediate Level 9.0 credits

NB: This course is from the autumn 2013 replaced by LS1396 Chinese B1

The course gives a further in-depth knowledge of elementary spoken Mandarin Chinese with elements of written and professional/technical Chinese.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DS1396 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course builds further on the Advanced Beginners’ Level II course with continued learning of common and important clause patterns for everyday spoken Mandarin Chinese as well as the building of a core vocabulary and characters. Additionally there will be a larger number of translation exercises with an increased number of elements of written, formal and professional/technical Chinese of different types. The course comprises appr. 360 characters.

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio levels A2/B1

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

  • identify tones and syllables in normal spoken Mandarin Chinese, and understand both colloquial and formal sentences and clause patterns
  • understand short texts of an informal and a professional/technical nature
  • use the language in everyday conversations
  • give simple presentations in Chinese
  • translate short texts of an informal and a professional/technical nature 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 Chinese, Advanced Beginners’ Level II, DS1394.  See our website for the test and more information,

Recommended prerequisites

2-3 years' study of Chinese


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Liu Lixin & Deng Fang (red). Jia you ernü, 1. Beijing: Shijie tushu chuban gongsi

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


  • ANN1 - Assignments, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Language Proficiency, 4.5 credits, grading scale: 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. Oral/written examinations (ANN1; 4,5 credits), language proficiency examination (TEN1; 4,5 hp)

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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Profile picture Björn Kjellgren

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 DS1396

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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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.