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EAST1010 Basic Chinese Language 1

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Zhu Zhu

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

A course for beginners in spoken and written Chinese. Basic communication in oral Chinese, pronunciation, tones and comprehension practice with native speakers. Grammar, reading, writing and basic translation using Chinese characters. This module is taught with lectures, drills, practical and IT classes.


On completion of this module, students should:
- be familiar with the pronunciation and tones;
- be able to answer questions on taped materials the basis of the textbook;
- be able to recognise and write approximately 450 words, and to read simple prose passages;
- be able to understand the essential features of Chinese sentence structure (subject-predicate; attributive; interrogatives, etc.);
- be able to translate sentences from Chinese into English and vice versa;
- be able to type Chinese Character on a computer and master basic Chinese IT skills.


- Pronunciation and tones are introduced in the first three weeks. Practice continues in language laboratory classes
- Language laboratory classes are held weekly in which students listen to taped materials and answer questions on them.
Script and Reading;
- The elements and stroke order of the script are studied. In order to achieve recognition and written mastery of approximately 450 words, readings of selected Chinese prose passages are included.

- The essential features of Chinese sentence structure (subject-predicate; attributive; interrogatives, etc.) are introduced with supporting vocabulary items.

- (a) Sentence translation exercises are used to reinforce grammar points and vocabulary;
- (b) As language skills develop, translation of passages, incorporating grammar and vocabulary are included.

Basic Chinese IT skills
- Character typing and basic Chinese IT skills are introduced.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Computer Class101.0010.00
Language Class201.0020.00
Class tests, exams and assessment41.004.00
Private study hours106.00
Total Contact hours94.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

2 hours preparation and review per lecture: 20 hours
4 hours written assignment and character practice per week: 40 hours
1 hour listening and pronunciation practice per week: 10 hours
1 hour IT practice per week: 10 hours
3 x 4 hours preparing for tests: 12 hours
Exam preparation: 14 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Translation exercises in the core lectures.
- Students report on the main grammatical points in drill classes.
- Monitoring exercises including sound discrimination, character writing, dictation and translation in drill classes and in listening comprehension sessions.
- Exercises on computer in the IT sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentTest 2, week 7 (on computer)10.00
In-course AssessmentTest 1, week 410.00
In-course AssessmentTest 3, week 1010.00
In-course AssessmentAssessment of pronunciation10.00
In-course AssessmentListening comprehension test10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:43


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