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 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

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 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.
PLEASE NOTE that if you decide to take this module in the second semester, you will not be able to progress to Chinese 2 (CHI-90002) until semester 2 of the following academic year. This will result in you having an extensive break in your Chinese studies, and you will not be able to complete all six levels within the three years of your degree programme.
If you are working towards the enhanced degree title '...with competency in Chinese' we recommend that you swap to Chinese 1 in Semester 1 of the current academic year. For further information please go to:
If you are entering your second year please be aware that you cannot take Chinese 2 as credit-bearing elective in your final year.

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: 1,2
Read and write simple words and phrases in Chinese characters: 2
Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need: 1,2
Recognize and act upon basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations: 1,2
Understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences concerning themselves and their family and friends when people speak slowly and clearly: 1,2
Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering their name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form: 2

Study hours

20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time
100 hours class preparation and revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam

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

Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 5-6 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student.

2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing assessment/exam
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.