Mandarin Chinese Intermediate - LA560

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 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 and flexible knowledge of the target language and a firm 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 an intermediate language level.
The curriculum will focus on real-life communication as a university student studying in China, by using complex expressions in an appropriate style of speaking. This includes expressing general culture related customs such as weddings traditions, Chinese traditional clothes, and Chinese cuisines, renting accommodation, describing a room and negotiating prices.
Students also read and listen to some simple news articles to understand relatively familiar topics in newspapers. Students will be exposed to the grammar that are useful when communicating with Mandarin Chinese native speakers for these topic areas.


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: LA560 in autumn term and LA562 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 5 minutes (20%)
• Assignment: Cultural research and Writing, around 450 Mandarin Chinese characters (20%).

Indicative reading

Zhang, X. George, Li, Linda and Suen, Lik (2013). Chinese in Steps volume 3 (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 at a level equivalent to an intermediate level;
2) demonstrate a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to an intermediate level;
3) 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;
4) express cogent arguments and exchange information, demonstrating a flexible range of vocabulary and structures on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life in the target language;
5) demonstrate a systematic understanding and acquisition of detailed and coherent knowledge of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries within the context of study.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA562 which is the second of Level 6 Mandarin Chinese modules in the spring term.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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