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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1100 Elementary Chinese I

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Ning, Yi

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 1

This module is approved as an Elective

This module is approved as a Skills Elective

Module summary

A course for beginners in spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin), designed especially for elective students with no prior knowledge of the language. For further details see Department of East Asian Studies website


On completion of this module, students should:

- be familiar with the pronunciation and tones of Modern Standard Chinese;
- be able to understand and answer questions on the basis of material covered in the textbook;
- be able to recognise and write approximately 350-450 words, and to read simple prose passages;
- be able to understand the essential features of Chinese sentences;
- be able to translate simple sentences from Chinese into English and vice versa;
- be able to use Chinese word-processing.


Pronunciation and tones are introduced early in the module, along with the pinyin Romanisation system. Practice in the spoken language will continue throughout the module, with students working in small groups for part of each class. To provide practice in listening comprehension, throughout the module, progressively more Chinese will be used in the class, with use of audio-visual materials as required. The elements and stroke order of the script are studied systematically. In order to achieve recognition and written mastery of 350-450 words, and also to introduce key points of grammar and sentence structure, readings of selected Chinese prose passages will be included. Sentence translation exercises between Chinese and English are used to reinforce grammar points and vocabulary, with reading comprehension, short essays and translation of longer passages introduced as language skills develop.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class421.0042.00
Private study hours156.50
Total Contact hours43.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

2 hours preparation and review per lecture: 84 hours
2.5 hours homework per week: 52.5 hours
Exam and test preparation: 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly aural exercises including sound discrimination, character writing and dictation practice.
Translation exercises in classes
Weekly homework, practising written and IT skills

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentMid-term test in week 810.00
Oral Presentationat end of semester 210.00
In-course AssessmentListening comprehension test10.00
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)2 hr 00 mins30.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins40.00
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: 06/05/2010


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