Chinese Advanced for Business (FLC3630)

StaffDr Yan Wen-Thornton - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLC3415/3430, or FLC3515/3530 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*-A) in the foreign language or equivalent, plus one /two years of study on an Advanced course. 

Review and consolidate the advanced structures 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 a wide range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language.
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, 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.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, on complex and abstract topics and produce coherent, cohesive and accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres.
  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.
  • 6. Make clear presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and be able to express themselves confidently, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations.
  • 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
  • 8. 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: At this level, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical and complex structures. However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of the following grammar during the module: Chinese measure words; modal words; formal and informal passive voices; tenses; complex conjunctions; compound sentences and various clauses; structural particles; pivotal sentences; the rhetorical question; The construction sentences; interrogative pronouns and comparisons.

Main topics: China politics and reform; China legal and banking system; China special economic zone; Chinese business culture and etiquette; How to do business with China; Business case studies; Confucius and Confucianism; Laozi and Taoism; Globalization and China's economic prospect.Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and include the study of short texts, oral development work, listening comprehension and writing exercise.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Mandarin Chinese. You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and coursework items. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

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 activities66Language Classes
Guided independent study234Consolidation of learning; learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / 3 DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

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/or 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 (Listening and writing)201.5 hours1-5, 7Written
Group Oral Presentation2015-20 minutes1, 3-7Written
Individual Oral Test2010-15 minutes1, 3-7Written
Research essay402500 words1-5, 7Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research Essay, In-class test (Listening and Writing)Written Exam1-5, 7Ref/Def Period
Individual Oral Presentation, Group Oral PresentationIndividual Oral Presentation1, 3-7Ref/Def Period

Re-assessment notes

If the Group and Individual Oral Presentations are both missed then this will be replaced by one individual oral presentation worth the combined weighting of both elements.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Advanced Business Chinese Vol. 1-2 by Linda M LI and George X Zhang

Recommended materials: Dictionary:

Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/English dictionary.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

February 2016

Key words search

Chinese, Advanced, Business, China