Mandarin Chinese Lower Intermediate - LA552

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 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 equipped to understand and use Mandarin Chinese with a degree of flexibility and a range to a lower intermediate language level. Students will be able to discuss topics that are familiar or pertinent to everyday life such as everyday conversational skills and interactions including entertainments, giving and receiving compliments and gifts.
The module will include study of the target language culture and the development of insights into the China. 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. There will be a balance between communicative activity and understanding of linguistic structure.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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


Core textbook: £15.99 approximately
*If you have taken LA551 and bought the textbook for it, you don't need to buy any additional textbook.

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 350 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 in with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to lower intermediate level;
3) demonstrate an understanding of the main points of clear standard materials in the target language on familiar matters regularly encountered in university, work and leisure and with a degree of flexibility using a range of simple vocabulary and structures and demonstrating the use and understanding of more complex/intermediate level language with some precision;
4) express opinions and exchange information on familiar and/or routine topics such as personal experiences, events, travel in China, etc. in the target language with a degree of flexibility and range of vocabulary;
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 LA560 which is the first of Level 6 Mandarin Chinese modules in the autumn 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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