BA Modern Language and Business & Management (Chinese) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHIN51011
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
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.


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 proper pronunciation of sounds and intonations unfamiliar to non-native Chinese speakers
  • introduce basics of grammar and the writing system
  • develop students’ communicative skills to be able to express themselves freely in simple pair-work, group work, role-play, dialogue, drills and written expression


Knowledge and understanding

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

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

  •  use approximately 822 Chinese words and phrases (for written expression) 

  •  about 370 will be basic characters which students must be able to identify and write 

  •  about 452 will be phrases which students should be able to identify only

  • read passages and write simple sentences to form a paragraph (100 characters), as well as translate those sentences into English 

  • understand the basic structures 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 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 phonetics, vocabulary, sentence patterns, grammar and discourse
  • Reach HSK 1 or above ( CEF1)

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

Assessment methods


Assessment Task Formative or Summative Weighting within unit (if summative)
Coursework 1 (general) Summative 10%
Coursework 2 (listening and speaking) Summative 10%
Coursework 3 (writing) Summative 10%
An oral examination Summative 10%
A written examination at the end of each semester  Summative 60%


Feedback methods

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 handout, or by email to the class)


Recommended reading

  • Liu, Xun. 2002. A New Practical Chinese Reader (Textbook & Workbook), Book 1. 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
Tutorials 77
Independent study hours
Independent study 117

Teaching staff

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

Additional notes

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

Language of Assessment: English and Chinese.

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