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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1010 Basic Chinese Language 1

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Peng Ying

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This intensive Chinese language module is suitable for complete and false beginners. It progresses fast and aims to help students to improve all their four basic skills in a balanced way through a range of classes – lecture, drill and practicals. 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).


This module is designed for students who have limited or no previous exposure to Chinese. The objective of the module is to help students build a solid foundation of the four basic skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing in an interactive and communicative learning environment. Both simplified and full-form traditional Chinese characters are introduced. Students are required to read and write the former and to read the latter. Basic IT skills regarding typing Chinese characters are also introduced.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
• Converse in Chinese in a culturally appropriate manner about some basic every-day topics, such as greetings, personal information, place and time, shopping and university life.
• Read and write about 500 simplified Chinese characters and also recognise these characters in the traditional form.
• Understand essential features of Chinese syntax and use the structures that have been introduced orally and in writing.
• Comprehend passages written in the characters that have been introduced on every-day topics.
• Write short compositions using simplified characters that have been introduced on basic every-day topics.
• Translate short dialogues and paragraphs on basic every-day topics using vocabulary and structures that have been introduced.
• Type Chinese characters when required in completing composition and translation tasks.


Integrated Chinese, Book 1 (published by Cheng & Tsui Company in the USA) is used as the textbook for this module.
Week 1: Introduction to Chinese pronunciation and writing systems; Lesson 1 of Integrated Chinese: Greetings
Week 2: Lesson 2 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Family
Week 3: Lesson 3 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Time and Date
Week 4: Lesson 4 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Hobbies
Week 5: Lesson 5 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Visiting friends
Week 6: Lesson 6 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Making appointments
Week 7: Reading Week
Week 8: Lesson 7 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Studying Chinese
Week 9: Lesson 8 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): School life
Week 10: Lesson 9 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Shopping
Week 11: Lesson 10 of Integrated Chinese (Book 1): Transportation; Revision

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning201.0020.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours100.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

5 hours preparation and review of lectures per week: 50 hours
2 hours written assignment and character practice (handwriting and typing) per week: 20 hours
1 hour listening and pronunciation practice per week: 10 hours
In-course assessments preparation: 10 hours
Exam preparation:10 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.
- Monitoreding exercises including simplified Chinese character recognition and writing, reading comprehension and translation in drill classes.
- Monitored exercises including sound discrimination and listening comprehension in listening classes.
- Monitored exercises including traditional Chinese character recognition, oral translation and dictation in practical classes.
- Three in-course assessments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework week 110.00
In-course AssessmentCoursework week 720.00
In-course AssessmentCoursework week 1110.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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) (S1)2 hr 50.00
Listening exam1 hr 10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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: 26/09/2023


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