CHI-90001 - Chinese (Mandarin) 1
Coordinator: Emily A 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 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

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.
This module cannot be taken as a level 3 module.

Description for 2019/20

This course 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 daily routine, 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 for 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.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Use simple phrases and sentences to describe themselves and people they know. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
Understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences concerning themselves and their family and friends when people speak slowly and clearly. will be achieved by assessments: 3,4
Read and write simple words and phrases in Chinese characters will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need. will be achieved by assessments: 3,4
recognize and act upon basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
develop and reflect upon strategies for successful language learning will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

22 hours contact time
44 hours completion of course work tasks
54 hours class revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam and listening exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at oral exam

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 20%
Coursework portfolio documenting students' progress
The coursework portfolio will comprise of formative and summative assessments completed during the course such as vocabulary exercises, written-up role-play dialogues, KLE tasks, listening and reading comprehension exercises, very simple translations, written-up self-directed learning tasks and class participation. Students will also be required to complete a reflective study diary.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
1-hour unseen examination
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.

3: Oral Exam weighted 20%
Oral test
A short oral exam including tasks such as question and answer and role play.

4: Listening Comprehension weighted 20%
30-45 minute Listening tasks
Listening comprehension tasks