Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 2

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
11 October 2023


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Module description


Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 2 is an interactive, intensive language module using blended-learning strategies to allow fast-paced progress through the Mandarin Chinese language and Mandarin Chinese-speaking world. It is a reinforcement and continuation of LA921, Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 1. It is a practical module which makes use of a wide range of authentic materials depicting real-life situations and activities.

The aim of the module is to enable students to attain a level of Mandarin Chinese equivalent to equivalent to an A1/A2 level.

It is the compulsory path for those students with no knowledge of Mandarin Chinese who intend to take the study of the language to a Higher Intermediate/Advanced level in their second/final year. This module can also be taken as an outside option.

Module aims

The aim of Intensive Initial Mandarin Chinese 2 is to help students consolidate and improve their proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, including their ability to deal with everyday situations in a natural and creative way with greater awareness of correctness, register and propriety.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to
1. devise/ take part in a dialogue in the context of a range of everyday situations;
2. do a longer oral presentation in Mandarin Chinese to express feelings, opinions and belief;
3. carry out listening and reading comprehension tasks;
4. carry out various writing tasks (e.g. more extensive descriptions and narratives, reference to experience and events, make present and future plans), making pertinent lexical and grammatical choices.
Whilst the same content is being covered Level 5 students should be demonstrating the learning outcomes to a higher level. In this scenario, level 5 students are required to not only recognize all the Chinese characters, but will be able to speak, type and handwrite the characters without any difficulty

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There are four weekly contact hours, including one hour in a PC lab, to provide students with opportunities to progress through the structural aspects of the language at their own pace. 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.


  • Jiang, L. et al. (2014b) HSK standard course 2. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
  • Jiang, L. et al. (2014a) HSK standard course 1 = biao zhun jiao cheng 1. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
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 Coursework weighting
Practical   Written test 1    35% 
Practical   Written test 2    40% 
Practical   Oral test    25% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Yan Li, email:
Yan Li
Yan Li, email, Office: 4.201, Number: 2187



External examiner

Dr Ge Min
University of Chester
Programme leard for Chinese
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 22 (91.7%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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