Mandarin Chinese Elementary - WOLA3030

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Module delivery information

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


The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to lower A2 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the Chinese culture. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an elementary level of communication skills to explain very simple factual information on personal and very familiar topics such as talking about food, time, asking and giving simple opinions on familiar topics. Basic skills useful to people visiting China will be taught including expressing how to go to/come to somewhere and taking transports. An elemental level of Chinese culture will be covered such as festivals, geography including major cities and famous places.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of 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 1,450 Mandarin Chinese Character)

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 write approximately an additional 200 Mandarin Chinese characters;
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese vocabulary equivalent to an elementary level;
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of sentences and frequently used expressions in the target language related to areas of most immediate environment;
4. Express and exchange basic information in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics in the simple terms in the target language;
5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the life and cultures of the target language countries within the context of the 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 WOLA5510 Mandarin Chinese Pre-Intermediate


  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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