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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1923 Lower Intermediate 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

Successful completion of FLTU1911 or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)
EAST2551Intermediate Chinese 1B

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 have already studied Mandarin for about 2 years and have reached post-GCSE or A2 (CEF) or equivalent and wish to take their Mandarin to the next level.The emphasis is on achieving a good level of communication and accuracy in speaking, listening and reading. Mandarin character writing is secondary but students would be expected to be less reliant on pinyin.Communication skills which will be developed include discussion, interview techniques, presentation skills and reporting skills.


To consolidate knowledge of Mandarin at elementary level and develop skills and competence up to GCSE level or A2 (CEF) or AS CEFR B1.

On completion of the module, students should be able to deal with information of a general nature in a familiar context and identify and note main points and opinions; sustain longer conversations in Mandarin and handle familiar and unfamiliar situations with some ease; exchange opinions and ideas on a range of topics. Students should be able to report facts and opinions with accuracy.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker on the everyday topics covered
- Demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Mandarin and English
- Demonstrate greater understanding and knowledge of key grammar points with appropriate usage
- Demonstrate proficiency in listening through accurately extracting key information from audio sources
- Read and understand short newspaper articles
- Write a short text of independent writing in Mandarin characters with less reliance on pinyin.


- Talking about oneself and others in detail
- Describing home and family in greater depth
- Applying for a job and attending an interview
- Giving and asking for opinions
- Evaluating opinions and drawing conclusions; agreeing and disagreeing
- Making recommendations; instructions; reporting
- Collating information showing pros and cons
- Talking about culture and customs
- Current affairs: environment (traffic; growth of industry; pollution; water and air quality, weather, etc)
- Completing transactions.

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, review of the lesson and preparation for the weekly classes and for the assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Speaking and Writing tasks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentSpeaking Task35.00
AssignmentWritten Task35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

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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