CHI-90001 - Chinese (Mandarin) 1
Coordinator: Emily Ouyang Room: CBB1.006 Tel: +44 1782 7 33288
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





No prior knowledge.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. It will develop basic communication skills in Chinese in everyday situations such as meeting someone for the first time, talking about family, shopping and telephone conversations. The module aims to provide students with the very basics of spoken Mandarin and with recognition skills of written Chinese characters. Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Chinese culture.
Please note that if you are a Chinese National or have any experience of Chinese (Mandarin or otherwise) you cannot enrol on this module.

This module is designed for those with no prior knowledge of Chinese. It aims to equip learners with basic oral and written communication skills in Chinese. Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Chinese culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise and understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal information) when people speak slowly and clearly: 1,3
Understand and extract key information from short, simple words and sentences written in Chinese characters: 1,2
Interact in very simple, familiar situations, asking and answering simple questions in areas of immediate need, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly: 3
Write simple words, phrases and sentences providing personal information in Chinese characters: 1,2
Understand and use simple grammatical structures and rules and develop language learning strategies: 1,2,3
Recognise and act upon very basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations and demonstrate knowledge of common traditions China: 1,2,3

Study hours

22 hours of contact time in class.
40 hours assessment preparation and completion.
88 hours guided independent study.

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
Students are only permitted to take one Chinese language module per semester.
Students can only take one absolute beginners module (90001) in any one academic year.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Online tasks
Students will complete a series of online exercises to assess their reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills in the target language.

2: Class Test weighted 20%
Class test
Students will complete an in-class test which may include writing a short text in the target language in class.

3: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 4-8 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive), listening (receptive) and conversation (interaction) skills. Task may include presentation, role play, description or similar and question and answer. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups, individual marks will be awarded to each student.