Mandarin Chinese Pre-Intermediate - LA551

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 5 15 (7.5) MRS R Su checkmark-circle


Language modules focus on developing students' communicative competence in four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to equip students with a working knowledge of the target language and a sound level of communicative competence and confidence.
By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to take a more active role in and greater ability to sustain communication. Students will be able to express how they feel and opinions in simple terms; initiate and sustain close simple, routine exchanges without undue effort.
Topics at a pre-intermediate level will include everyday communication skills such as asking and giving directions and shopping, skills useful to describe illness, describing people’s appearance and personalities.
The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught through seminars and the means of mandarin Chinese language course books, video, audio materials.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

• Contact hours: 28 hours
• Private Study hours: 122 hours


Core textbook: £15.99 approximately
*The textbook will be used for 2 modules: LA551 in autumn term and LA552 in the spring term.

Method of assessment

• In Course Test, Listening, 30 minutes (20%)
• In Course Test, reading, 45 minutes (20%)
• In Course Test, writing, 45 minutes (20%)
• In Course Test, speaking, up to 4 minutes (20%)
• Assignment: Cultural research and Writing, around 300 Mandarin Chinese characters (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)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) read and hand write approximately an additional 250 Mandarin Chinese characters;
2) demonstrate a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to pre-intermediate;
3) demonstrate a good understanding of the main points of standard materials in the target language related to basic topics in everyday life;
4) express opinions and exchange information in the target language on topics, such as personal information, location, shopping experiences, etc. in simple terms and initiate and sustain close simple, routine exchanges without undue effort.
5) demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA552 which is the second of Level 5 Mandarin Chinese modules in the spring term.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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