Mandarin Chinese Lower Intermediate B1.1 - LA319

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


LA318 Mandarin Chinese Post-Beginners A2.2 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 LA318 (equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) A2.2 level), or for students who can use approximately 600 basic Mandarin Chinese Characters in 4 skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) to further develop their language skills.
The curriculum content of LA319 is to build from module LA318. This is intended to help students achieve the proficiency level which is equivalent to lower B1 level on CEFR.
Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on: everyday communication skills including expressing time duration of an action and the distance between 2 places, talking about entertainments, giving and receiving compliments and gifts, etc. Topics related to travelling and living in China will also be covered in this module.
You will gain knowledge on the cultural aspects of the above topic areas through seminars. Vocabulary and grammatical structures will be explained, practised 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
*If you have taken LA318 and bought the textbook for it, you don't need to buy any additional textbook.

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 lower B1 level (Independent 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, in 4 skills, a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to lower B1 level on the CEFR;
3) demonstrate, in listening and reading, an understanding of the main points of standard speech related to familiar matters regularly encountered in university, work and leisure;
4) express opinions and exchange information, in speaking and writing, on topics such as personal experiences, events, travel in China, etc.;
5) demonstrate, in 4 skills, a good understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA555 in the autumn term.

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