Mandarin Chinese Advanced 1 (FLC3415)

StaffDr Yan Wen-Thornton - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLC2315 / 2330 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between B2 - Independent User and C1  Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

  • review and consolidate the advanced structures and simplified form characters of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations 

  • further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level. 

  • build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give clear detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and examples
  • 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 grammar / topics:

Main grammar:

Summary of the Chinese measure words; modal words; formal and informal passive voices; tenses; conjunctions; compound sentences and various clauses; four different ways of comparisons; the extended meaning of qilai, xialai, xiaqu; VP/SP following verb de expressing a comment or description; various meanings of the sentence structure shide; the construction of jishiye, ningkenye, ningyuanye; sentences expressing appearance or disappearance of a person/thing; rhetorical questions using : shenme, shui, na, nar, and zhenme. Use of simplified form characters.

Main Topics:

(students taking 15 credits will cover some of the following topics) Common knowledge about China; China today; China's great ancient inventions; Travel in China; Scenic spots and historic sites in China Chinese media; China's recent reform and changes; Foreign students in China; London Confucius College ; Urban and rural life in China; Transport and environment; Chinese Literature: the four great novels.

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 activities22class contact

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)VariableallWrittena 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 251.5 Hours1-5, 7written
Oral Test 2510-15 minutes1,3-6-7written
Written Examination 502-hours allwritten

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, Written examSee Written examinationallRefer/Defer period
OralOral test2,4,5,7,8Refer/Defer period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%, Written Examination = 75%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook (4 x CDs), Beijing Language & Culture University Press,China; Unabridged edition (1 Nov 2004)

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Recommended materials: He Mu, Speed-up Chinese, Peking University Press, 1997 Xiaoming Zhang, Chinese for A-Level (Traditional Chinese Character), Cypress Book Co. UK Ltd, Jan 2007 Yu Bin, Han Youping, Chinese GCSE - Chinese Examination Guide, Cypress Book Co. UK Ltd; 2007 Chinese Culture, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2003, ISBN: 9787561906552 Luo Qingsong, Developing Chinese Writing Skills, Sinolingua, 1998 Oxford Advanced Learners English - Chinese Dictionary, Oxford University Press; Modern Chinese - English Dictionary, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Available as distance learning?


Last revision date

February 2016

Key words search

Chinese, advanced, mandarin