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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EAST5295M Chinese 2B

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Ying Peng

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Appropriate Chinese language skills as determined by the placement text.

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST2016Chinese 2B

Module replaces

EAST5220M and EAST5225M

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is a comprehensive course of upper-intermediate language skills, which aims to improve students' practical language skills through intensive and extensive readings, writings, translation/interpretation between Chinese and English, listening comprehension and interpersonal communication. Topics covered may include literature, business, tourism, education, Taiwan and other cultural issues.


On completion of this module, students should have developed an enlarged range of vocabulary, idioms and collocations and be able to use them appropriately in different contexts; to read and understand original modern Chinese texts of various styles; to translate and interpret between English and Chinese; to understand normal spoken Chinese; and to use Chinese more accurately and naturally in spoken or written communication.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will:
1. Have significantly expanded their vocabulary, idioms and collocations;
2. Be better equipped to read and comprehend various discourses written in Chinese especially literary texts;
3. Be able to express themselves with more accuracy and confidence either in a written or spoken form;
4. Translate and interpret materials of intermediate level between Chinese and English;
5. Have a deeper understanding of the Chinese society or culture;

Skills outcomes
Translation and interpretation skills


Teaching and learning in this module will cover the following points:
intensive reading which focuses on expanding vocabulary and idioms, improving knowledge and use of collocation and syntax, and developing reading and writing skills which are crucial to students' academic or research work and future career
extensive reading of literary materials which cover a number of short stories and essays by well-known modern Chinese writers
listening and speaking covering a broader range of topics including culture, business, tourism, etc. Tailor-made and authentic audio or video materials will be used. Speaking skills are to be developed through presentations, discussion, role plays and debates. Oral interpretation is carried out bilaterally between English and Chinese.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours11.00
Private study hours223.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Previewing reading materials in advance to understand the gist of them;
Preparing oral presentations and interpreting tasks;
Completing translation, grammar or writing exercises in order to participate in class discussion;
Making use of online learning materials to improve vocabulary and reading skills;
Revising after class.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly self-assessed homework (using model answers).
Weekly practical classes giving opportunities for students to ask questions and for teaching staff to give oral feedback.
Weekly speaking classes giving students opportunities to interpret or make oral presentations in a small group. Their performance will be monitored and comments provided by teachers and fellow students.
Twice a semester their translation or writing work will be handed in and checked by teaching staff. Written feedback will be given.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins70.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 13/11/2018 09:25:32


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