MLM2052 - Intermediate Chinese (One)

2017/8 Module description

StaffDr Zhiguang Yin - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of MLM1052 Beginners Chinese or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

The module is appropriate for students who have completed successfully moduleMLM1052 Chinese Beginners or have an equivalent qualification. You will be given a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the language, which will allow you to listen, speak, read, and write at an intermediate level on a variety of topics. You will also learn about the Chinese culture and customs in which Mandarin Chinese is spoken in order to develop the awareness of the language’s background and context.

Module aims

This module is between A2 Basic User and B1 Independent User of the Common European Framework and  aims  of this module are to  :

Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations.

Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, productive skills in speaking,  and writing.

Deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of an extensive range of grammatical structures of the target language.
  • 2. Be able to read and write in Chinese characters on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Understand confidently in a wide range of situations including more specialised topics both in listening and orally and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects in the target language.
  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with some guidance from the tutor.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Make a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining their views
  • 6. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources into and out of the target language
  • 7. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar and topics:

Main grammars: optative verbs; sentences with serial verb phrases; pivotal sentences; subjective-predicate ; structures as attributives;  measure words; modal words; formal and informal passive voices; tenses; conjunctions; compound sentences and clauses; structural particles; pivotal sentences; the rhetorical question and comparison.

Main topics: the Chinese language and China; travelling in China; health and see a doctor; Chinese food culture and festivals; renting a house; making  invitations; changing money at the bank; borrowing and returning books; education; interests and hobbies

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role-playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

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
Language seminars88Building vocabulary, explaining and practicing grammatical structures.
Oral Classes22Developing skills in speaking and listening.
Writing Classes22Developing skills in reading and writing Chinese characters.
Guided independant study168Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Chinese. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD and Internet.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
10 formative tasks (Reading & Writing; Listening and speaking) VariableAllWritten 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
Written Examination (Reading and Writing)201 Hour1,2,4,8Written feedback
Oral exam (Presentation and conversation)2015 Minutes1, 3, 5,8Written feedback
Listening Comprehension 2030 Minutes1,3,4,8Written feedback
Written Examination (Grammar and vocabulary; Translation; Reading and writing)402 Hours1,2,4, 6,8 Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Examination (Reading and Writing)Written Examination (Reading and Writing)1, 2,4,8ref/def period
Oral exam (Presentation and Conversation) Oral exam (Presentation and Conversation)1, 3, 5,8ref/def period
Listening Comprehension Listening Comprehension 1,3,4, 8ref/def period
Written Examination (Grammar and vocabulary; Translation; Reading and writing)Written Examination (Grammar and vocabulary; Translation; Reading and writing)1, 2, 4, 6,8 ref/def period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book:

New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 2  Beijing Language University Press, 2012. (2nd Edition)

New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 2  Beijing Language University Press.

Supplemental materials:

Kan Qian, Colloquial Chinese, The next step in Language learning, Routledge ( 2007).

Recommended materials:

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

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Chinese, Intermediate, Mandarin, China 

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