You do not need to take a placement test if you wish to register for the beginners' module (A1) and you have never studied Mandarin Chinese before.
If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before, but you have not taken one of our lower level modules, you need to take a placement test. The test is used as a guide to assess your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. Please submit the mark sheet and the questionnaire to the convenor of the relevant module (their details are on the downloadable documents). The Convenor will contact you for further information if necessary.
OverviewThis module is aims to give students who have never studied Mandarin Chinese before some familiarity, at an introductory level, with everyday life, activities and the culture in China. It is designed to build a solid foundation for students in order to further develop their Mandarin Chinese skills in an easy and systematic approach. Any students who are absolute beginners or have very little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese are welcome to take LA302.
Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an introductory level of communication skills used in everyday life. Basic knowledge of some major cities in China and an introductory level of Chinese culture will be covered in seminars.
Vocabulary and grammatical structures will be explained, practiced through communicative activities in the friendly and stimulating seminars.
In addition to the textbook, there will be plenty of specially designed video and audio materials, flashcards and web based games to assist your self-study.
This module appears in:
Three hours of seminars per week, for ten weeks.
Core textbook (for 2 modules LA302 and LA303): £15.99 approximately
Method of assessment
In-course tests 80%:
Course assignment 20%:
Reading aloud 10%
Cultural research and writing 10%
Zhang, X. George, Li, Linda and Suen, Lik (2013). Chinese in Steps volume 1 (Book and CD). London: Sinolingua London Ltd.
Upon successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Use Mandarin Chinese, in 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing), with a proficiency equivalent to A1 level (Basic User) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
1) read and hand write approximately 150 Mandarin Chinese characters;
2) demonstrate a familiarity in 4 skills with basic Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to A1 level on the CEFR;
3) demonstrate, in listening and reading, a basic understanding of the main points of standard materials related to basic topics in everyday life;
4) express and exchange basic information, in speaking and writing, in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics;
5) demonstrate, in 4 skills, an introductory understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries.
This is a 15-credit module. Students who complete this module successfully will be able to progress onto LA303 in the spring term