FLM3630 - Mandarin Chinese for Business

2020/1 Module description

StaffDr Yan Wen-Thornton - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesPost advanced or near-native speakers
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

In this module we will cover a variety of business-related matters associated with social and cultural aspects in Mandarin Chinese-speaking countries, where you will analyse, criticise and summarise the content of written and aural documents on business related topics. It is based on proficient communicative activities such as reception, production and interaction.

You will be expected to have an interest in using Chinese in business contexts, although no formal prior business study is required. The module is taught entirely in the target language.

Mandarin Chinese for Business can be taken towards achieving ‘with advanced proficiency in Chinese’. See:  http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

Module aims

In this module you will familiarise yourself with the high standard Mandarin pronunciation system and with a number of Chinese idioms and phrases to produce complex texts for communicative purposes. You will be encouraged to present personal opinions and participate in discussions in class.  The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only will provide you with further consolidation of Chinese but it will also offer you more insights into the Chinese business world. In order to register, you will be required to attend an interview and to complete a written placement test. This module is offered at a post-advanced level or near native Mandarin Chinese speakers.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a wide range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, on complex and abstract topics and produce coherent, cohesive and accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres
  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning.
  • 6. Make clear presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and be able to express yourself confidently, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations.
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • China politics and reform
  • China legal and banking system
  • China special economic zone
  • Chinese business culture and etiquette
  • How to do business with China
  • Chinese women and Entrepreneurship
  • Business case studies
  • Confucius and Confucianism
  • Laozi and Taoism
  • Globalisation and China's economic prospect

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidation of learning; learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video/DVD, and computer software where appropriate. The module is taught in the target language

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension) Variable1-8Written and/or Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class test (listening and writing)201.5 hours1-5, 8Written
Group oral presentation2015-20 minutes1,3-8Written
Individual oral examination2010-15 minutes1,3-8Written
Research essay402500 simplified Chinese characters 1-5, 8Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research essayResearch essay1-5, 8Referral/deferral period
Individual oral presentationIndividual oral presentation1,3-8Referral/deferral period or Freshers week

Re-assessment notes

In-class listening and writing test is not available as re-assessment. With proven and accepted mitigation, component is excluded from the module calculation. Without proven mitigation a mark of zero will be attained.

Group oral presentation is not available as a re-assessment. With proven and accepted mitigation the component is awarded the same mark as for the individual oral test. Without proven mitigation a mark of zero will be attained.

If the group and individual oral presentations are both missed then this will be replaced by one individual oral presentation worth the combined weighting of both elements.

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There is no course book for this module. Please see ELE for recommended resources. 

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  •  Dictionary: Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/English dictionary

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

Chinese, Advanced, business

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