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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1911 Elementary Mandarin

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Zhe Yu Darling

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Evidence of study at beginners' level, for example, FLTU 1901, and/or time spent in China

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 2
EAST1100Elementary Chinese I
EAST2556Elementary Chinese II

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a basic knowledge of the language and wish to take their Mandarin to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving a practical level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing greater confidence and accuracy when using the language in a limited range of situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in China and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Chinese society and some of the major cultural and linguistic differences.


With their beginners' competence in Mandarin, students taking this module should be able to build on their existing knowledge of the language and develop their ability to function in Mandarin. They should also develop their awareness of Chinese culture and be able to advise a friend on how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking Mandarin and/or when in China.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, commands and expressions;
- read short texts in Mandarin;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- handle short conversations in a familiar context;
- make themselves understood by a proficient language speaker;
- demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Mandarin and English;
- understand the rules of writing Chinese characters, write a limited number of words using the characters introduced in the module and produce short pieces of independent writing;
- demonstrate their knowledge of key areas of grammar.


The module covers topics such as:
1. Understand and give common instructions and commands
2. Understand and put into practice the rules of writing Chinese characters
3. Review of talking about oneself and others
4. Reporting and describing lost property
5. Hobbies and interests
6. Arranging to meet, accepting and declining invitations
7. Making a complaint
8. Making phone calls
9. Talking about one's education and job

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class202.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided independent study each week including homework, review of the lesson as well as preparation and practice for the weekly classes, the assessments and the final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Guided independent study, participation in class, feedback on homework and preparation for the final speaking exam.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 22/08/2023


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