Mandarin Chinese Beginners - WOLA3020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Ru Su checkmark-circle


The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to A1 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the culture in Mandarin Chinese speaking countries. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an introductory level of communication skills used in everyday life including greetings and introductions, talking about oneself and getting to know each other. Basic skills useful to people visiting China will be taught including describing preferred drinks and daily activities. An introductory level of Chinese culture will be covered such as social interaction and geography including major cities.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of Mandarin Chinese course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In Course Test, speaking (Oral)– 20%
Assignment: Language Skills– 80%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (Equivalent to 1450 characters in Mandarin Chinese)

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Read and hand write approximately 150 Mandarin Chinese characters;
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with basic Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to a beginners level;
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main points of standard materials in the target language related to basic topics in everyday life;
4. Express and exchange basic information in the target language in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics;
5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries within the context of that area of study.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate ideas independently;
2. Demonstrate basic intercultural awareness and understanding.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto WOLA3030 Mandarin Chinese Elementary.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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