Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Elementary Chinese 1 2 Cr Course 18.5.2020 - 2.6.2020 Helsinki Helsinki Summer University
Elementary Chinese 1 2 Cr Course 20.5.2019 - 4.6.2019 Helsinki Helsinki Summer University

Target group

Students of all programmes and faculties, international students, JOO-students.


No previous studies required.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students are expected to be able to: 1. Master the pronunciation of Chinese language 2. Master around 100 Chinese words related to daily life 3. Communicate with Chinese people on some basic topics like greeting words, nationalities, family members, date and time, etc. 4. Master around 100 Chinese characters 5. Learn some basic Chinese culture facts related to our texts, for example, Chinese peoples favorite number, Chinese family tree, etc.


The course topics include introductions, nationalities, family members, pets, date, times of day, etc. The following will be discussed during the course: the Chinese pronunciation system, basic Chinese sentence structures, possessives and personal pronouns, numerals, times of day, adjectives, word order in the main clause etc.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Listening, reading and writing exercises, oral exercises in pairs and in groups, as well as independent work (home assignments, essays, online assignments).

Study materials

Learning Chinese Overseas 1. Available at the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki.

Assessment practices and criteria

This is a pass/fail course. Evaluation is based on the aspects mentioned under the course objectives. Continuous evaluation: small review tests, regular and active participation in classroom work, completion of the home assignments.

Relation to other study units

After completion of this course, students can continue with Elementary Chinese 2.

Completion methods

This is a teacher-instructed course with 26 hours of contact teaching and 28 hours of independent work. Minimum course attendance: 75%