Training Course: Introduction to Chinese Language and Overview of Contemporary China

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded




ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

João Nuno Paixão Corrêa Cardoso (cardo@fl.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
This course intends to provide some essential Chinese expressions for daily usage, as well as some cultural, political and economic aspects of contemporary Chinese society.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
At the end of this course, students should be able to make a simple presentation in Chinese, about themselves, about their families and about their daily routine; make a simple dialogue in basic Chinese; know about some important current aspects of contemporary Chinese society.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

Applicants must be aged 16 years or over.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation n.º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC).
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Performance at the classes 20%, homework 20%, presentation in Chinese 30%, presentation in Portuguese about China 30%. 0-20. (0-9 failed; 10-13 reasonable; 14-16 good; 17-18 very good; 19-20 excellent)
Graduation Requirements

As a rule, continuous assessment is the preferred evaluation mode: this requires 75% attendance and completion of two tests. Other elements, such as class participation, homework and tasks performed throughout the course, are also taken into account for evaluation. At the end of each level, students can request the corresponding certificate, if the course has been successfully completed.

Study Programme
1st Semester
Start date: 01-06-2015
End date: 31-07-2015
2nd Semester
Start date: 31-07-2015
End date: 31-07-2015