Mandarin Chinese Post-Beginners A2.2 - LA318

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
View Timetable
4 15 (7.5)


LA303 Mandarin Chinese Post-Beginners A2.1 or equivalent


Mandarin Chinese language can be studied at any academic level provided that prerequisites are met.

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before but you have not taken one of our lower level module, you will need to take a placement test. The test is used as a guide to assess your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Placement Test:
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.



The module is designed for students who have successfully completed the module LA303, or for students who can use approximately 350 basic Mandarin Chinese Characters in 4 skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) to further develop their language skills.
The curriculum content of LA318 is to build from the Post-Beginners module of LA303. This is intended to give students some familiarity, at an upper 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: exchanging personal information; expressing opinions about shopping experiences; asking and giving directions; describing illness, people's appearances and personalities, exchanging currencies etc.
Vocabulary and grammatical structures will be explained and practised through communicative activities in 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
*The textbook will be used for 2 modules: LA318 in autumn term and LA319 in the spring term.

Method of assessment

In-course tests 80%:
• Listening 20%
• Writing 20%
• Reading 20%
• Speaking 20%

Course assignment 20%:
• Cultural research and writing 20%

Indicative reading

Zhang, X. George, Li, Linda and Suen, Lik (2013). Chinese in Steps volume 2 (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 upper A2 level (Basic User) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
1) read and hand write approximately an additional 250 Mandarin Chinese characters;
2) demonstrate a familiarity in 4 skills with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to upper A2 level on the CEFR;
3) demonstrate, in listening and reading, an understanding of the main points of standard speech related to familiar matters covered in the curriculum;
4) express opinions and exchange information, in speaking and writing, on topics, such as: personal information, location, shopping experiences, etc.;
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 LA319 in the spring term.

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.