Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completing the course, you will:

- be able to introduce yourself briefly and say something about your family, language(s) and nationality
- understand some Chinese culture
- know the basics of pronunciation and intonation as well as some basic grammar and structures of Chinese
- distinguish about 150 characters

Credits: 3

Schedule: 08.09.2022 - 01.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sari Annala

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): A1

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Sounds and the pinyin system
    - Basic vocabulary for everyday life and work
    - Talking about yourself and your family
    - Languages and nationalities
    - Receiving guests
    - Numbers and measurement words
    - Customs related to different communicative situations

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Lectures 36 h and self-study 45 h, active participation (Passing the course requires 75% attendance in class.)
    2. Group work, written and oral assignments (50%)
    3. Oral exam (30 %)
    4. Written exam (20%)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    36 h (contact hours) + 45 h (self-study)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Textbook: Chi le ma ? (a course in basic Chinese / © 2019 the authors and Otava Publishing Company Ltd)

    (ISBN 9789511334156)

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2022-2023 Spring IV - V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV - V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu.