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EAST1020 Basic Chinese Language 2

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Leah Wang

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This intensive Chinese language module is suitable for students who have learnt about 500 Chinese characters and are familiar with essential features of Chinese syntax. It progresses fast and aims to help students to achieve a lower-intermediate level overall through a range of classes – lecture, drill, listening, speaking and practical. Students will be engaged in an interactive and communicative learning environment and work with both simplified Chinese characters (read, write and type) and traditional Chinese characters (read). Students are encouraged and supported in developing into efficient autonomous learners.


This module is designed for students who have learnt about 500 Chinese characters and are familiar with essential features of Chinese syntax. The objectives of the module are to help students further expand their existing knowledge of the Chinese language and further improve their four basic skills in a balanced way so that they reach a lower-intermediate level overall, become efficient autonomous learners and be ready for their Year Abroad. New vocabulary is introduced in both simplified and traditional Chinese characters. Students are required to read and write the former and to read the latter.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
• Converse in Chinese in a culturally appropriate manner about a number of topics, including those likely to take place in a Chinese-speaking community during students’ Year Abroad.
• Read and write a total of 1000 simplified Chinese characters approximately and also recognise these characters in the traditional form.
• Have a more in-depth understanding of Chinese syntax and command of all major sentence patterns.
• Comprehend materials written in the vocabulary and structures that have been introduced on familiar topics.
• Write compositions effectively and clearly on familiar topics using a fairly wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
• Translate dialogues and paragraphs on familiar topics making appropriate use of vocabulary and structures that have been introduced.


Integrated Chinese, Book 2 (published by Cheng & Tsui Company in the USA) is used as the textbook for this module.
Week 1: Recapping major grammatical points covered in the Basic Chinese Language 1 module
Week 2: Lesson 11 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Weather
Week 3: Lesson 12 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Dining
Week 4: Lesson 13 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Asking directions
Week 5: Lesson 14 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Birthday party
Week 6: Lesson 15 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Seeing a doctor
Week 7: Lesson 16 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Dating
Week 8: Lesson 17 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Renting an apartment
Week 9: Lesson 18 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Sports
Week 10: Lesson 19 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): Travel
Week 11: Lesson 20 of Integrated Chinese (Book 2): At the airport

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment31.003.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours102.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

1 hour preparation per lecture: 22 hours;
1 hour per week review of lectures: 11 hours;
3 hours written assignments & character practice per week: 33 hours;
1 hour per week listening/reading: 11 hours;
3 hours preparation per test: 9 hours;
Examination preparation: 12 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Weekly written homework and feedback in teaching weeks.
- Q&A sessions in lectures.
- Students’ oral report regarding the main grammatical points in drill classes.
- Monitored exercises including simplified Chinese character recognition and writing, reading comprehension and translation in drill classes.
- Monitored exercises of listening comprehension in listening classes.
- Monitored speaking exercises in conversation classes.
- Monitored exercises including traditional Chinese character recognition, oral translation and dictation in practical classes.
- In-course assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentContinuous Assessment30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins50.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins10.00
Practical Exam / OSCE1 hr 00 mins10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 29/04/2022 15:23:30


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