Mandarin Chinese Upper Intermediate - LA562

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 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 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 demonstrating a range of simple and complex structures and vocabulary to an upper-intermediate language level and language skills to adapt to the situation.
By the end of the module, students will be able to communicate with a developed degree of effectiveness, fluency and spontaneity. Students also gains communicative skills in requesting course details from a university, registering on a University course, understanding Chinese higher education system and Chinese festivals and traditions. Various styles of readings are given such as job description and curriculum vitae. Discussions take place in the class on the topic areas covered in the module.
The module will include study of the target language culture and the development of insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken.


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 LA560 and bought the textbook for it, you don't need to buy any additional textbook

Method of assessment

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 500 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 300 Mandarin characters at a level equivalent to an upper-intermediate level;
2) demonstrate a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to an upper-intermediate level;
3) demonstrate an understanding of the main points of authentic materials which include a particular point of view;
4) communicate on a good range of topics with varieties of expressions in the target language, demonstrating a degree of fluency and an ability to sustain communication with ease;
5) demonstrate a deep understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language Countries on an appropriate level.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA538 which is a 30-credits Level 6 Mandarin Chinese module running in both autumn and 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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