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BA Spanish and Chinese

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Chinese Language 2

Unit code CHIN51022
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is a beginner’s level language course which teaches the skills of reception (reading and listening), production (speaking and writing) in Mandarin Chinese, and translation of the material learned into English.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Chinese Language 1 CHIN51011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chinese Language 2 - Reading & Speaking/Listening CHIN51522 Co-Requisite Compulsory
CHIN18111, CHIN18121, CHIN18122 are all co-requisites for CHIN18112

Pre-requisite units: CHIN51011 or placement into the class following the language placement test



This course aims to:

  •  familiarize the students with the basics of spoken and written forms of the Chinese language

  • emphasise on the listening and speaking system and consolidation of proper pronunciation of sounds and intonations unfamiliar to non-native Chinese speakers

  • introduce more aspects of the basics of grammar and the writing system

  • develop students’ communicative skills to be able to express themselves more freely in simple pair-work, group work, role-play, dialogue, drills and written expression

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • understand and express themselves in basic role-play and dialogue on more everyday matters (for oral expression)

  • use approximately 875 Chinese words and phrases (for written expression)

-           about 419 will be basic characters which students must be able to identify and write

-           about 456 will be phrases which students should be able to identify only

  • read passages and write simple sentences to form paragraphs (150 characters), as well as translate those sentences into English


Week to week overview, if available. Please don’t include too much detail that is already covered in course unit overview


One lesson one week which consists of three components according to language skills, which will be delivered by three different tutors.

·         intensive reading (2 hours/week)

·         reading and writing (3 hours/week)

·         listening and speaking (2 hours/week)

week 1: Lessons 15

week 2: Lesson 16

week 3: Lesson 17

week 4: Lesson 18

week 5: Lesson 19

week 6: Lesson 20 (Revision) and Lesson 21

week 7: Lesson 22

week 8: Lesson 23

week 9: Lesson 24

week 10: Lesson 25

week 11: Revision

week 12: Oral test

Teaching and learning methods

Combination of short lectures, seminars, tutorials, directed reading, Blackboard and e-learning.


Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand more basic structure of the Chinese language
  • develop the basic communicative function of the language

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • read new Chinese words correctly according to its phonetic rules
  • form phrases by combining the basic characters
  • express themselves more freely in both spoken and written forms 

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • develop four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing

  • master vocabulary, sentence patterns, grammar and discourse

  • reach HSK 2 or above (CEF2) 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  •  manage their time efficiently

  • develop efficient Chinese keyboard entry skills

  •  use basic spoken and listening communication skills

  • find the right help and support and learn how to learn

  • explore Chinese culture and society

Employability skills

Oral communication
Be able to express ideas clearly and confidently in presentation and speech.
Written communication
Be able to express oneself clearly in writing.
Motivation: be able to act on initiative, identify opportunities. Drive: determination to get things done, make things happen and look for better ways to do things.

Assessment methods


Assessment task


Weighting within unit

Coursework (for all skills)



Class participation



Oral examination

15 minutes


Written examination at the end of each semester

2 hours



Feedback methods

  • Comments made during class discussion regarding the relevance and coherence of student responses/participation in discussion.
  • Written comments on assessed coursework
  • Face to face discussion in private meetings during the office hours
  • Global feedback on the assignment (delivered orally in class, posted to blackboard as a hand-out, or by email to the class).

Recommended reading

  •  Liu, Xun. 2002. A New Practical Chinese Reader (Textbook & Workbook), Book 2. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press (set textbook).

  • Ma, Yanhua. 2011. Jump High: A Systematic Chinese Course (Intensive Reading and Workbook) Books 0 and 1. Beijing Language and Culture University Press (additional learning material)

  •  ¿¿, et al. 2007. Step by Step: Intensive Chinese Elementary (Reading & Writing, Characters and Speaking) Books 1 and 2. Beijing: Huayu Jiaoxue Press (additional learning material)

  • Handouts

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ablimit Elterish Unit coordinator
Minjie Xing Unit coordinator
Haiyan Zeng Unit coordinator
Hongjun Ma Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Exceptions to word-processed assignments: all assessed coursework should be hand-written.

Language of Assessment: English and Chinese

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