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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Chinese Language 9

Unit code CHIN51091
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Chinese 9 is the second highest level of class-based Mandarin Chinese language instruction offered at the University of Manchester and is only open to students who have either completed CHIN28442: Chinese 8 or who have completed Residence Abroad in China and passed the HSK level 5 examination. Final-year students who wish to enrol in this course but have not passed HSK 5 will be asked to enrol in CHIN28551 for an additional 10 credits in conjunction with taking Chinese 9.  This course focuses on real language use in everyday communicative contexts. All learning activities, including preparation before class, discussion in class and homework after class, are conducted in the target language. Learning activities are organized to enhance students' comprehension of Chinese in preparation for participation in real-life Chinese-language situations. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have made substantial progress towards achieving HSK level 6. In addition, the unit will include teaching time jointly taught by a Chinese Studies lecturer and language tutor dedicated to honing students’ Chinese to English translation skills. 


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Pre - requisite: CHIN51042 and successful completion of Residence Abroad in China or equivalent


This course aims to:

  • Enable students to understand advanced reading materials from various original Chinese-language sources
  • Enhance students’ ability to communicate orally on a variety of topics
  • Guide students in applying a variety of writing skills and grammatical structures to specific tasks
  • Introduce students to theories of Chinese to English translation and provide them practice exercises to develop their own skills

Learning outcomes

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

  • Produce a solid argument in both oral and written form
  • Exchange information with native speakers fluently
  • Express ideas in Chinese clearly, precisely and coherently
  • Extract information from a variety of media and sources, including newspapers, journals, radio broadcasts, TV and the internet
  • Plan, structure and evaluate learning strategies and processes
  • Better understanding of the nuances of translation and the theories and cultural considerations necessary when translating from Chinese to English
  • Build a small translation portfolio



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Week 5. Floating population ¿¿¿¿
Week 6. Changing views of marriage ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
Week 7. Chinese food culture ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
Week 8. Confucianism in modern China ¿¿¿¿
Week 9. Chinese architecture in transition ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
Week 10. Educated youth ¿¿¿¿
Week 11. A start for democracy ¿¿¿¿
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Teaching and learning methods

A combination of weekly three-hour lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Analyse difficult authentic texts by using reading comprehension skills
  • Explore various social issues in China
  • Write a clear report using coherent paragraphs
  • Produce translations of both technical and literary texts

Intellectual skills

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

  • Analyse difficult authentic texts by using the reading comprehension skills
  • Explore various social issues in China
  • Write a clear report using coherent paragraphs
  • Knowledge of translation theories and skills

Practical skills

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

  • Follow current trends in Chinese media and society using Chinese-language materials
  • Write descriptive and argumentative essays
  • Be on their way to reaching HSK level 6 (requiring a vocabulary of 5000 Chinese characters)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • Develop independent learning skills
  • Work effectively in pairs and groups
  • Acquire advanced critical reading skills
  • Demonstrate high-level presentation and debating skills
  • Write clearly and effectively

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

Participation & Listening





Reading and Writing



Oral exam



500 words equivalent in Chinese characters


500 words x 3 equivalent in Chinese characters


Individual presentation + Q/A (10-15 minutes)












Feedback methods

  • Comments made during class discussion regarding the relevance and coherence of student participation in discussion
  • Comments made during oral presentation regarding the relevance and coherence of the presentation, including word choice, sentence structure and content
  • One-to-one feedback before oral presentation

Recommended reading

  • Lee, Kunshan Carolyn et al, The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. (required textbook)
  • Wang, Hailong, Cultural Interpretations of China: An Advanced Reader. Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2002.
  • Wang, Hailong, Reading China through Newspaper Contextual Comprehension and Pedagogical Practice. Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2004.


  • Guenier, A. The Little Book of Health: Chinese Secrets to Happy Living. Manutius Press. 2018.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 56

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gregory Scott Unit coordinator
Minjie Xing Unit coordinator
Haiyan Zeng Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Exceptions to word-processed assignments: Assessed coursework and the essay should be hand-written.

Students may take a one-volume Chinese-English-Chinese dictionary provided on the examination date.

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