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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1020 Basic Chinese Language 2

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Ying Peng

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module builds on the Chinese learned in EAST1010. Students attend an additional conversation class with a native speaker.


On completion of this module, students should:
- Have extended their knowledge of Chinese as learned in EAST1010 and increased their vocabulary, both written and spoken;
- Be familiar with features of Chinese sentence structure including complements, particles, aspects, comparisons more complex than those studied in EAST1010;
- Be able to read short Chinese texts;
- Be able to translate more complex sentences and short texts from English into Chinese and vice versa;
- Have improved their aural understanding and be able to answer questions on taped materials;
- Be able to conduct simple Chinese dialogues and to interpret a few exchanges.


- Grammar: the complex features of Chinese sentence structure. All kinds of complements, particles, aspects, comparison etc are introduced with supporting vocabulary items
- Reading and translation: more Chinese reading materials are used. Translation of texts, incorporating grammar and vocabulary, are included.
- Comprehension: language laboratory classes are held weekly in which students are expected to listen to taped materials and answer sets of questions on them.
- Conversation: small-group sessions are held weekly with a native speaker.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours112.00
Total Contact hours88.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

1 hour preparation per lecture: 22 hours;
2 hour per week review of lectures: 22 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: 15 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 AssessmentCoursework30.00
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
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 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: 22/02/2024


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