Lower Intermediate Mandarin Chinese

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
29 October 2019


Requisites for this module
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



Key module for

BSC N3T1 Finance with Mandarin

Module description

This module is built around a structured set of lessons (grammar, comprehension texts, vocabulary) together with handouts from different resources and text books. Students will be given guidance to access to a wide range of complementary materials in Mandarin Chinese which include online resources, audio and video CDs, Mandarin Chinese TV channels and grammar books.

Module aims

Lower Intermediate Mandarin Chinese aims to:
* enable students to attain further on listening, speaking, writing and reading skills in standard Chinese;
* help students to communicate effectively in standard Chinese; and
* help establish further understanding of the Chinese, their culture and traditions.

The course is also to provide enjoinment and intellectual stimulation to build up students confidence for further study of Chinese

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have acquired communicative and grammatical skills to enable them to:

* be aware of various aspects of Chinese culture
* take part in dialogues relating to everyday situations
* write short texts in Chinese characters
* understand a range of statements and questions
* read a range of Mandarin Chinese dialogues and passages
* write short texts or letters in Chinese characters.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Language modules typically involve 2-3 contact hours per week. Confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year. There are three weekly contact hours. Class time is dedicated to the introduction of new concepts and focuses on creating practice opportunities for the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Students will be expected to attend all sessions and to complete some relevant practical tasks for each session.


  • Liu, Xun; Schmidt, Jerry. (2010) Xin shi yong han yu ke ben 1 =: New practical Chinese reader 1, Beijing: Beijing yu yan wen hua da xue chu ban she.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Portfolio      
Coursework   In class test 1      
Coursework   In class test 2      
Practical   In class test 3     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Yan Li, email:
Mrs Yan Li
Yan Li, Office 4.201, Telephone 01206 872187, Email Li, Email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 60 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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