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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Chinese Language 8

Unit code CHIN51082
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


Chinese Language 8, consolidates and builds upon students’ knowledge of and skills in Mandarin Chinese that they have previously acquired prior to coming to university or in CHIN51071 (Chinese Language 7). The course continues to develop students’ linguistic and cultural awareness by emphasising the links between a higher level of linguistic competency and socio-cultural literacy. Students will interpret texts related to Chinese popular culture, social change, cultural traditions and more. Students will discover and develop more in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture and society, and gain an insight into inter-cultural sensitivity within a view to successful communication in real situations with Chinese native speakers or people in Chinese-speaking countries. Students taking CHIN51082 will already be beyond A-level standard in their Chinese and should be approaching a level of language proficiency equivalent to somewhere between HSK levels 5 and 6. 


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Chinese Language 7 CHIN51071 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
CHIN28442 Co-Requisite

Pre - requisite: CHIN51071 or placement into the class following the language placement test


This course aims to:

  • Further reinforce and develop students' linguistic knowledge and skills acquired in Chinese Language 7 or prior to coming to university
  • Expand students’ knowledge and understanding of modern and contemporary China
  • Guide students in their appreciation of important Chinese-language literary texts and topics related to a range of social, political and cultural issues

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will:

  • Be able to understand a range of everyday Chinese texts and audio-visual materials
  • Feel confident navigating real-life, practical Chinese-language situations
  • Have continued to build upon their existing vocabulary and grammatical knowledge
  • Be approaching a total vocabulary of 3000+ Chinese characters
  • Have strengthened their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills across a broad range of subject matter


Topics based on those in the textbook New Practical Reader 6 (which might be adjusted according to students’ levels) as well as HSK 5-focused exercises


Sample topics:


Weeks 1&2: Wild animal protection

Weeks 3&4: Food and drink culture

Week 5&6: On leisure

Weeks 7&8: Blue collar and white collar workers

Weeks 9&10: Festivals

Week 11: Review

Week 12: Oral test    

Teaching and learning methods

  • 3 hours of teaching every week, with an additional hour every second week

  • Classes are focussed equally on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

  • Blackboard is used to provide information about the course requirements and additional learning materials  

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Compose and connect short passages to form a logical and coherent discourse
  • Employ idiomatic expressions and circumlocution to get meanings across
  • Translate sentences/passages accurately between Chinese and English
  • Conduct communication adequately in oral and written forms

Intellectual skills

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

  • Develop learning strategies, including online learning and independent learning
  • Apply communicative strategies to real-life situations
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills for communication
  • Acquire knowledge via various media about recent development in China

Practical skills

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

  • Synthesise complex information from a wide range of different sources
  • Make good use of various resources for communicative purposes
  • Be familiar with social media for communicative purposes
  • Demonstrate accomplished note-taking and summarising skills in Chinese

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • Apply, in the process of acquisition, analysis, evaluation, and assimilation of information, a full range of learning skills, including information retrieval and autonomous learning.
  • Demonstrate an ability to take part effectively in debate and present complex ideas and sustained arguments in a clear and fluent form
  • Make good use of resources for support
  • In a self-critical way, exercise initiative and independence of mind in the identification of their own learning needs, and in the planning and execution of their own learning

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

    Written exam

    Coursework: 4 classroom tests and three essays

    Oral exam

    Two hours

    Decided by the tutor


    15 minutes






Feedback methods

  • Oral feedback on individual and group presentations
  • Written feedback on weekly coursework assignments
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)

Recommended reading

  • New Practical Chinese Reader 6 (Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2010)

  • Jump High 4 (Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011)

  • HSK 5 preparation materials, to be provided on the Blackboard

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 44
Independent study hours
Independent study 56

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ablimit Elterish Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This is the highest level of Chinese language instruction offered in the first year for students in Chinese Studies. Students whose Chinese is already more advanced than CHIN51082 at the point of entry into the programme would be considered close to native-level speakers of Chinese and are not, therefore, appropriate for the degree programmes in Chinese Studies. It is suggested that such students consider the degree programme in East Asian Studies as an alternative option. 

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