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Levels of study

The levels for Chinese differ somewhat from the other languages and are as follows:

Overview of Chinese stages and their entry levels:

  • Stage 1, 1a:    Beginner 
  • Stage 1b:         Elementary
  • Stage 2, 2a:    Lower Intermediate
  • Stage 2b:         Intermediate
  • Stage 3, 3a:    Intermediate plus
  • Stage 3b:         Upper Intermediate
  • Stage 4, 4a:    Advanced
  • Stage 5:           Advanced plus

If you want to register for a follow-on module, progression is as follows:

  • After completing stage 1a, the next level up is stage 1b
  • After completing stage 1b, the next level up is stage 2 or 2a
  • After completing stage 1, the next level up is stage 2 or 2a
  • After completing stage 2a, the next level up is stage 2b
  • After completing stage 2b, the next level up is stage 3 or 3a
  • After completing stage 2, the next level up is stage 3 or 3a
  • After completing stage 3a, the next level up is stage 3b.

If you're registering for your first module, the descriptions below will help you choose a Chinese module that is appropriate for your level: