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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1933 Upper Intermediate Mandarin 20 Credits

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Yuzhe Darling

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of FLTU1923 or, HSK4, or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)
EAST2570Intermediate 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 good grade at AS/CEFR B1/HSK4, 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, reading and writing in both formal and informal registers. The module includes a pair/ group speaking task which provides the opportunity to research an area related to China and/or the student's area of study through the medium of Chinese. Communication skills which will be developed include discussion, presentation skills and reporting skills.


To consolidate knowledge of the Mandarin language at upper intermediate/AS/CEFR B1 level/HSK 4 and develop skills and competence up to A2/CEFR B1/B2/HSK 5. On completion of the module, students should be able to exchange information on familiar and unfamiliar topics both orally and in writing, understand longer, more complex reading and listening material and demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of Chinese culture.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Communicate in the target language in a range of social and professional contexts
- Demonstrate greater understanding and knowledge of upper intermediate grammar with appropriate usage
- Demonstrate proficiency in listening through accurately extracting key information from audio sources
- Demonstrate proficiency in reading through accurately extracting key information from written sources
- Produce longer pieces of writing in Chinese simplified characters with an appropriate degree of accuracy
- Demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Mandarin and English


The module covers topics such as:
- Review of language/grammar covered at lower intermediate level
- Giving and asking for opinions, analysis of different interpretations
- Evaluating opinions and drawing conclusions; agreement and disagreement e.g. lifestyle
- Talking about culture and customs
- Current affairs e.g. internet and media
- Tourism and the environmental impact
- Situations and attitude in workplace

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class212.0042.00
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
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 assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly homework, peer and tutor feedback; mock tasks in preparation for the summative assessment

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectSpeaking Task35.00
Written WorkTask35.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:24:30


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