Mandarin Chinese Beginners A1 - LA302

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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4 15 (7.5) MRS R Su




This module is not available for native speakers or near native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with secondary education in China.
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.

Placement Test:
If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before, but you have not taken one of our lower level modules, you need to take the placement test. Please go to the following link: and click on the tab "Mandarin Modules" to access the Placement test materials and instructions.
Please submit the mark sheet and the questionnaire to the convenor of the module (the details are on the downloadable documents). The convenor will contact you for further information if necessary.



This 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:

Contact hours

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%:
• Listening 20%
• Writing 20%
• Reading 20%
• Speaking 20%

Course assignment 20%:
• Reading aloud 10%
• Cultural research and writing 10%

Indicative reading

Zhang, X. George, Li, Linda and Suen, Lik (2013). Chinese in Steps volume 1 (Book and CD). London: Sinolingua London Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

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