FLM3915 - Mandarin Chinese for Cantonese and Heritage Speakers

2020/1 Module description

StaffDr Yan Wen-Thornton - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesInterview and written placement
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

As a speaker of a dialect of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese, Hakka, Min, etc.) in Hong Kong, Guangdong, Fujian etc. or outside China (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand etc ), this module will help you to build upon your existing knowledge and aural/written skills of the language. This module will further develop your oral fluency and accuracy in standard Mandarin Chinese. It will help you to achieve a higher level in speaking and writing skills. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed. This module is taught in Mandarin Chinese.

Module aims

In this module you will improve your oral fluency and written accuracy in Mandarin Chinese using simplified Chinese. To begin with, you will familiarise yourself with the 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 culture, history and literature. 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 Chinese language and knowledge
  • 2. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally and/or in writing, on complex topics, use language flexibly and spontaneously for social and professional purposes

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Speak Mandarin Chinese with more accurate pronunciation and intonation
  • 4. Give a structured oral presentation on selected topics in a formal style

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Work pro-actively with others as part of a team, react and adapt to some unexpected situations as appropriate and solve problems effectively
  • 6. Improve oral skills by presenting coherent arguments and by expressing and defending opinions on a range of topical and abstract issues confidently and precisely

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:

  • The Evolution of Mandarin Chinese
  • Introduction to Simplified Chinese characters
  • Pinyin system and Mandarin pronunciation/intonations.
  • Chinese culture and society
  • Chinese history and modern Chinese society
  • Chinese literature and Chinese art
  • Chinese  environment and global warming
  • Technology and the Internet.
  • Chinese news and world news

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 Teaching44Language classes
Guided Independent Study106Consolidation of learning; learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video, and, where appropriate, computer software

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasksVariable1-6Written and 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
Presentation5020-30 minutes2-6Written and/or oral (upon request)
Research essay503000 simplified Chinese Charcaters1-2Written (upon request)

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PresentationPresentation1,2 Ref/Def period
Research essayResearch essay2-6Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

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

        A study pack will be posted on ELE weekly

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

Mandarin, Chinese, advanced, Cantonese 

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