CHINESE STAGE 1 - 2017/8

Module code: CHIL011

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SALLER C Ms (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



Global Graduate Award

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 38

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-CLASS WRITTEN TEST 40

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

No previous knowledge of Chinese required

Module overview

This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module aims

Encourage students to develop basic communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

Instil a basic proficiency in handling grammatical structures

Provide students with basic Mandarin Chinese vocabulary used in everyday communication

Give some insight into the Mandarin-speaking world and the socio-cultural issues relevant to the countries involved

In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints

Analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers

Reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour

Become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices

Communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways

In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques

Inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Interact in basic Mandarin Chinese in a limited range of familiar situations KPT
2 Understand and interpret basic spoken and written Mandarin Chinese in a limited range of situations and topics KCP
3 Organise and present ideas on predictable topics PT
4 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources PT
5 Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered KC
6 Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of basic Mandarin Chinese KC
7 Pronounce individual sounds of Mandarin Chinese with a degree of accuracy KC
8 Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries PT
9 Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for speakers of Mandarin Chinese KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Topic areas

social introductions

day and time


coming and going/visits/welcoming a guest

existence of people and things


everyday life



the Pinyin (phonetic system) and tones

pronouns: he, she, it; this, that

verb: shi (is, am, are, were, was)

particles: ma, ba, ne


adverbs and their position in a sentence

negatives: bu (no), meiyou (have not or had not)

tense, present, past, in a process, future

question words

most common used verbs

sentence structure



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;

Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;

Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;

Develop communication skills through interactions in class.



The learning and teaching methods include:


Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2

Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.

Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.

Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.

Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce basic Mandarin Chinese;

.          their increasing awareness of Mandarin Chinese culture and the Mandarin ;

·         their increasing awareness of Mandarin Chinese culture and the Mandarin Chinese-speaking world;

·         the level of Mandarin Chinese they have achieved at the end of the course.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the fours skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing

End-of-course in-class test, covering the skills of reading and writing


Formative assessment and feedback


Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Reading list

Reading list for CHINESE STAGE 1 :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.