Chinese Beginners (FLC1130)

StaffDr Yan Wen-Thornton - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and offers an introduction to Mandarin Chinese language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, orally and/or in writing.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Communicate at a basic level in the target language
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following:

Main grammar:

  •     Chinese Pinyin and Romanization;

  •     Pronunciation  with different tones;

  •     Word and word order, yes /no questions with ma;

  •     Sentences with and/or without shi (be)

  •     Numbers and measure words;

  •     Present, past and future tenses;

  •     Sentences with question words .e.g shenme (what), shei(who), na(where); na yige(which);

  •     Structure of sentences of tai … le; comparison with bi;

  •     Prepositions, modifying nouns by using de;

  •     Affirmative & negative statement with modal verbs

Main topics:

  •    Meeting someone for the first time

  •    Name, nationality and age

  •    Asking the time

  •    Family and friends

  •    The date and the weather

  •    Asking for directions

  •    Shopping and bargaining

  •    Drinks and food

  •    Talking about one's health

  •    Renting a house

  •    Study and hobbies

  •   Holiday greetings

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities88Language classes
Guided independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Chinese. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)variable1-8Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In class test 201.5 hours 1-6, 8Written Feedback and/or oral feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Written Examination (organised centrally)401.5 hours 1-6, 8Written Feedback (upon request)
Oral test257/8 minutes1, 3-7Written Feedback (upon request)
Listening test1530 minutes2,4,5,7Written and/or oral Feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutors/s

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In class test, Listening test, written exam See Written Exam1-6, 8Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral test1, 3-6, 8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%,  Written Examination = 75%


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Chinese, beginners