BA Linguistics and Chinese

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 5

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHIN51050
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Chinese 5 is intended for first-year students who have substantial experience studying Chinese, second-year students who have already completed Chinese 3 and 4, and final-year students who require additional support for their final year. This course is designed to develop students’ comprehensive language skills that are important for practical use. 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. By the end of the year students should be prepared to take and pass HSK level 5.


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

Pre/Co/Antirequisite units

Prerequisite: CHIN51042 (Chinese 4)

Medium of language

Mandarin Chinese


This course aims to:

  • Further reinforce and develop students' linguistic knowledge and skills acquired before starting university or in Chinese 3 and 4
  • 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:

  • 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 may change from year to year, the following is an indicative list of topics that may be covered in a given year:

Semester 1:

Weeks 1&2:  Chinese folk art

Weeks 3&4:  The Development of transportation

Weeks 5&6:  Chinese theatre and plays

Weeks 7&8:  Attitudes towards life

Weeks 9&10: Behind the name: popular culture names

Week 11: Review

Week 12: Oral test


Semester 2:

Week 1: On Chinese Folk Art

Week 2:  On the Development of a Modern Technology (transportation)

Week 3: On Chinese Theatre and Plays

Week 4: Attitudes Towards  Life

Week 5: Behind the Nmes: Popular Cultre

Week 6 : On Wild Animal Protection

Week 7: On Food and Drink Culture

Week 8 : On Leisure

Week 9: Carrer Talks

Week10: On Festivals

Week 11: Review

Week 12: Oral test     

Teaching and learning methods

 A combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, totalling three contact hours per week.

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
  • Reach, or be close to reaching, HSK level 5

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

Verbal communication skills: be able to express ideas clearly and confidently in presentation and speech Written communication skills: 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  

Formative or Summative 

Weighting within unit (if summative) 

S1 Coursework 



Participation and Discussion






S2 Coursework 







Oral exam 



Written exam 




Resit Assessment:

Video and Essay


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

New Practical Chinese Reader, Books 5,  6 (Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2010) and additional texts 


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

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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