Mandarin Chinese Lower Intermediate B1.2 - LA518

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.


This module is for students who studied LA503 Learning Mandarin 2B or have equivalent proficiency in Mandarin.


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

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 curriculum will focus on communication in the immediate environment with some exposure to simple articles/TV news on current affairs. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing with a proficiency equivalent to upper B1 level on the CEFR, will include:

- everyday conversation skills including expressing general culture related to customs such as wedding traditions, Chinese traditional clothes, Chinese cuisine, etc
- renting accommodation, describing a room
- negotiating prices, asking for a refund/an exchange in a shop
- grammar useful for communicating with Mandarin Chinese native speakers at upper B1 level, for example: verb-complement structures and expressions etc.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught through seminars and the means of Mandarin Chinese language course books, video and audio materials as well as through the sharing of experiences between tutor and students.

There will be a balance between communicative activities, and understanding of vocabulary and grammatical structures, Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the library and on the Moodle page for self-study.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

3 seminar hours per week over 10 weeks, 30 seminar hours in total. 10 hours per week independent study over 12 weeks including Reading weeks, 120 total independent study hours. Total study hours for the module: 150 hours.


Core textbook (for 2 modules LA518 and LA519): £15.00 approximately

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 80% In-Course Test and 20% Course Assignment.
In-course tests 80%:
• Listening 20%, 30 minutes
• Reading 20%, 45 minutes
• Writing 20%, 45 minutes
• Speaking 20%, up to 5 minutes
Students will have a conversation of up to five minutes with the examiner. The conversation topics are related to the topics covered in this module.
Course assignment 20%: Cultural research and writing.
Students will research a cultural topic drawn from the topics studied in this module and will write a text in Mandarin Chinese of 450 characters, demonstrating cultural knowledge and expressing their own opinions. Students will also need to complete a self-reflective sheet.

Indicative reading

Zhang, G., Li, L. & Suen, L. (2014).
Chinese in Steps, Vol. 3 (2nd edition, Book and CD).
London: Sinolingua London Ltd
ISBN: 9781907838125

See library reading list for this module

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Use Mandarin Chinese, in 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) with a proficiency equivalent to upper B1 level (Independent User) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). See the table below for reference.
• read and hand write approximately an additional 250 Mandarin Chinese characters at a level equivalent to upper B1 on the CEFR;
• demonstrate a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to upper B1 level on the CEFR ;
• demonstrate a strong understanding of the main points of standard authentic materials in the target language on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university and leisure;
• express cogent arguments and exchange information on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life in the target language;
• demonstrate a strong understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA519 in the Spring Term

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