LA303 Mandarin Chinese Post-Beginners A2.1 or equivalent
If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before, but you have not taken our lower level module, 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.
OverviewThe 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 LA502 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, 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:
Three hours of seminars per week, for ten weeks
Core textbook: £15.99 approximately
*The textbook will be used for 2 modules: LA502 in autumn term and LA503 in spring term.
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%
Zhang, X. George, Li, Linda and Suen, Lik (2013). Chinese in Steps volume 2 (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 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 LA503 which is the second of the Level 5 Mandarin Chinese modules in the spring term.