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KK-KII001 Elementary Chinese 1, 2 cr 
Code KK-KII001  Validity 01.08.2019 -
Name Elementary Chinese 1  Abbreviation Elementary Chin 
Scope2 cr   
TypeLanguage studies
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Language Centre 

Target group 

Students of all programmes and faculties, students in the flexible study rights scheme (JOO), international students.

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, students are expected to be able to:
1. use pinyin to pronounce Chinese
2. learn around 120 Chinese words related to daily life
3. communicate with people on some basic topics like greeting, profession, family, food, weather, date and time, etc.
4. recognize around 100 Chinese characters and its strokes and structures
5. use the basic Chinese grammar and structures.

Completion methods 

This is a contact learning course with 28 contact hours and 26 hours of independent work. To complete the course at least 75% active participation in the course and completion of the agreed tasks by the deadline is required.



No previous studies needed.


Phonetics: 21 initials and 36 finals

Topics: introductions, nationalities, family members, pets, date, etc.

Grammar points:

  •     interrogative pronouns, such as “shenme, shui, na, zenme, duoshao, zenmeyang”
  •     interrogative particles, such as “ma, ne, ba”
  •     model verbs “hui”and “xiang, neng”
  •     measure words “ge, kou”
  •     special sentence structures, such as adjectival predicate, nominal predicate.
Study materials and literature 

HSK Standard Course 1,  textbook + workbook  Jiang Liping, 2014, 2nd edition, ISBN 978-5619-3709-9

The books can be bought at the Confucius Institute at the beginning of the course.


Assessment practices and criteria 

Assessment is based on the aspects mentioned under the course learning outcomes and consists of assignments, participation and performance in classroom activities, presentation and the final exam.

The course is graded as pass/fail.



Other information 

Language Centre Chinese courses are offered in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki.

Relations to other study units 

After this course, you can take KK-KII002 Elementary Chinese 2 (3 cr).


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Elementary Chinese 1, period III  Course  Xiufen Zhao  18.01.21 -04.03.21

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