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

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHIN51022
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
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 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

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

Assessment methods

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


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
Tutorials 77
Independent study hours
Independent study 123

Teaching staff

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

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