Course Overview

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What You'll Learn

Year 1

  • Contemporary China

    (4 Credit Units)

    The module examines Contemporary China from its political, economic, societal and cultural aspects. In order to deepen their understanding of China, students will learn about the challenges that China faces. Topics such as economic development, urbanisation, migration and others will be covered in the module.

  • Fundamentals of Translation

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces fundamental strategies and techniques of English/Chinese (EC) and Chinese/English (CE) translation. Students learn the basic principles of translation and apply these principles to the translation of a variety of text genres. Students will also explore how a translator makes decisions in actual practice by considering a host of factors, including the author's intention, the desired function of the translated text as well as the needs of the readers.

  • Introduction to Chinese Drama & Theatre

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module aims to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills to produce short theatre pieces. Students enjoy hands-on experience in directing, writing and acting a short play. The module will also introduce techniques in the application of theatre and drama in various fields of work.

  • Introduction to Chinese Literature

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module surveys the development of classical Chinese literature from ancient times to the late Qing era. It introduces students to representative literary works of each period, ranging from the Book of Songs to the Qing novels. The module explores the historical background of literary works, the lives and experiences of major writers, as well as the structural and formal characteristics of different literary genres.

  • Professional Communication 1

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module prepares students to communicate effectively in business settings. Students will learn both oral and written communication skills that demonstrate concepts of business communication principles, interpersonal skills and intercultural skills. Topics such as proposal and report writing, elevator pitch and professional presentation will be covered.

  • Speech Communication in Chinese

    (4 Credit Units)

    In this module, students learn the basics of Chinese phonetics as well as speech communication styles in different social settings. It trains students to be effective, articulate, confident, composed and credible Mandarin speakers in a variety of professional situations. The module also explores how communication affects human behavior and social development.

Year 2

Year 3

Career Options & Further Studies

With expert domain knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, you will have an edge when you work for or conduct business with local firms or multinational corporations with a presence in China. You can look forward to being a language curriculum specialist, primary school Chinese educator in education track, and roles like event executive, copywriter, museum guide, business administrator or translator in the business track.​

Education specialisation students who have completed their Diploma in Education (Chinese Language Specialisation) at NIE with good results may proceed to complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree course at NTU in two-and-a-half years. You may get up to one semester’s exemption when applying for relevant degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS). In addition, you may also gain admission at universities in Australia, China and Taiwan.

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Entry Requirements



Candidates must have the following GCE 'O' Level examination (or equivalent) results.

  • English Language

    1 - 6
  • Higher Chinese OR

    1 - 4
    1 - 2
  • Any three other subjects**

    1 - 6

You must also have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) and fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type.

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Application Information

  • Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2022 JAE

    7 to 13
  • Planned Intake (2022​)