This module is for students who studied LA319 or have equivalent proficiency in Mandarin.
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.
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 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:
- Humanities Undergraduate Stage 1
- Humanities Undergraduate Stage 2 & 3
- Short-Term Study
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Stage 1
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Stage 2 & 3
- Wild Modules
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 LA555 and LA556): £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.
Zhang, G., Li, L. & Suen, L. (2014).
Chinese in Steps, Vol. 3 (2nd edition, Book and CD).
London: Sinolingua London Ltd
See library reading list for this module
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 LA556 in the Spring Term