Mandarin Chinese Post-Beginners A2.1 - LA303

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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LA302 Mandarin Chinese Beginners A1 or equivalent


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.



The module is designed for students who have successfully completed the module LA302, or for students who can use approximately 150 basic Mandarin Chinese Characters in 4 skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) to further develop their language skills.
The curriculum content of LA303 is to build from the beginners' module of LA302. This is intended to give students some familiarity, at an elementary level, with everyday life, activities and the culture in China.
Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on everyday communication skills, including greetings and introductions, asking and giving simple opinions on familiar topics, such as hobbies, weather, etc.
If you are going to visit China, basic language is useful for ordering food, making very simple enquiries about times, locations and transportations. These topics will be covered in this module.
Vocabulary and grammatical structures will be explained, practiced through communicative activities in the stimulating and engaging seminars.
In addition to the textbook, there will be plenty of specially designed video and audio materials, flashcards and web based games for self-study.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Three hours of seminars per week, for ten weeks


Core textbook: £15.99 approximately
*Students who have taken LA302 and bought the textbook for it do not need to buy an additional core-textbook.

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 lower A2 level (Basic User) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
1) read and hand write approximately an additional 200 Mandarin Chinese characters;
2) demonstrate a familiarity in 4 skills with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to lower A2 level on the CEFR;
3) demonstrate, in listening and reading, a good 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 familiar topics;
5) demonstrate, in 4 skills, an elementary understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA502 which is the first of Level 5 Mandarin Chinese modules in the autumn term.

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