Singapore University of Social Sciences

Chinese Language for Work 1

Chinese Language for Work 1 (OGP181)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Student SUcceSS Centre


OGP181 Chinese Language for work 1 aims to provide students with the necessary language skills and cultural knowledge to live and work in China. The course offers comprehensive training in conversational skills, grammar and vocabulary, with an additional focus on language used in business settings. It will also introduce students to aspects of the Chinese culture such as its food, customs and acceptable etiquette in social interactions. The course will be delivered through synchronous, online instruction with small groups of students to ensure an optimum learning experience. Feedback on individual performance in each lesson helps students correct their errors immediately. Pre-lesson and post-lesson tasks help students focus on new knowledge gained, and reinforce and practise new vocabulary and grammatical structures learned. At the end of the course, students will be more aware of Chinese communicative norms and be proficient in business communication in Mandarin. The course assessments include a quiz assessing students’ cultural knowledge, a group-based assignment, an individual assignment and an oral exam.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introducing oneself
  • Meeting business associates
  • Attending business engagements
  • Exchanging gifts
  • Making phone calls
  • Writing emails
  • Communicating on social media
  • Making a business trip
  • Activities in the office
  • Office disputes and gossip
  • Writing a resume
  • Attending a job interview

Learning Outcome

  • Recognise norms of communication preferred by native Mandarin speakers.
  • Describe differences in communicative style between the target culture and their own culture.
  • Express themselves effectively and confidently in speech and writing.
  • Show proficiency in using business terminology in Mandarin.
  • Differentiate the use of different phrases in interactions with business contacts, and with colleagues and others in the workplace.
  • Apply knowledge of Chinese communicative norms in speech and writing.
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