Chinese Course -
Mandarin Express Pre-Intermediate Level A

Course Aims

  • Build up a critical amount of Chinese characters and words quickly
  • Rapidly improve Mandarin proficiency in both spoken and written communications
  • Develop students' acute listening skills with targeted exercises

Course Description

This course is the first integrated Chinese course of all the courses offered at MSL Master, converging the previous two levels of Mandarin Express series and the six levels of Chinese Reading and Writing series. On completing the course, students will have taken a major step towards Chinese proficiency. 

During the study of Chinese Reading and Writing series, students focus on extensive training on how to use 320 Chinese characters to read and write meaningful and interesting Chinese texts. The combined frequency occurrence of these 320 characters is more than 50% of all modern Chinese print texts. In other words, students are able to recognise at least 50% of all the print texts. Moreover, as they have gone through extensive training on how to use these Chinese characters, they are able to understand most of the texts they recognise.  

And during the study of Mandarin Express Intro and Basic Levels, through the medium of pinyin, students focus on extensive training on listening and speaking Mandarin and have built a large amount vocabularies. They are able to socialise in Mandarin, to request and present information at ease.

On one hand, students have mastered fundamental Chinese characters, and on the other, students have developed their conversational abilities in Mandarin. They have had great learning experiences during the previous Chinese courses, and are now well prepared for this integrated Mandarin Express Pre-Intermediate Level A. 

This Chinese course focuses on ten advanced topics, such as important life events, technology and media. These topics are interesting and relevant, drawing students' attention to matters related to them and opening up the path for them to accumulate Chinese characters and words quickly. 

At the start of this course, in order to limit the amount of new characters students encounter, a special technique is implemented to gauge the difficulty levels. Texts presented are short and written in a casual style. A clear break is in place from section to section. Discussions and written exercises are arranged throughout the class. This layout makes this Chinese course challenging, and at the same time very rewarding. 

Moreover, special sections are designed to give students opportunities to review what they have learned before, and to apply their newly learned knowledge into practical communications and presentations in Mandarin. 

Course Duration

  • 80 - 100 class hours

Evaluation of Progress

Students are assessed based on their performance of presenting their ideas in both written and spoken form, and their interactions with others, including: 

  • Finish a writing assignment on completing each unit
  • Give a presentation based on the writing assignment

Other Related Chinese Courses

Chinese writing course

Chinese Reading and Writing 6

Mandarin course

Mandarin Express Basic Level B

Chinese course

Mandarin Express Pre-Intermediate Level B


April Zhang
Chinese Teacher
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