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Module LXN-3431:
Advanced Chinese

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Overall aims and purpose

This module is aimed at students with some prior knowledge of Chinese. It is based on a communicative approach and helps students continue to develop all the key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as advanced grammatical structures of Chinese. The course will focus on the linguistic skills necessary to communicate effectively in daily life, study and work situations, to describe events and to express some ideas and views while engaged in discussion in a wide range of topics. Students will also review and consolidate the advanced structures and Chinese characters, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures. Both Chinese and English will be used as the language of instruction in class. The emphasis of the module will be on communication and acculturation with a view to preparing students for travel, commerce and work in the global context. Third year students will be required to research and make a presentation in Chinese on an aspect of Chinese culture and show their engagement with the chosen topic. Apart from the prepared presentation, third-year students will also be required to give a spontaneous presentation on a topic given by the tutor. This module is aimed to reach the level between B1 and B2 Independent User of the Common European Framework.

Course content

As per the aims stated, this course is designed to further develop students’ skills in Mandarin Chinese. This course is still very much practice-based, focusing on listening and speaking, with a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and reading. 1. Consolidate the essential structures of Chinese and develop both vocabulary and range of language structures. 2. Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading, and writing in simplified Chinese. 3. Deepen students’ understanding of the customs, culture, history and society of China and develop students’ awareness of the general social and cultural background of Chinese-speaking countries and regions.

Assessment Criteria


For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various thematic grammatical and lexical areas studies, and an ability to implement them at a basic level.


For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension for the various thematic, grammatical and lexical areas studies, and an ability to comprehend and produce the language confidently.


For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various thematic, grammatical and lexical areas studied and should demonstrate that considerable independent work has been done with a view to reaching an advanced knowledge of the language.

Learning outcomes

  1. Consolidate and expand the fundamentals of the language acquired at the Intermediate and Intermediate Plus level.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the use of intermediate and lower advanced grammatical structures of Chinese.
  3. Read and comprehend main ideas of a wide range of longer written texts on both concrete and abstract topics in Chinese.
  4. Communicate effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing, for social and professional purposes, and produce clear written text on some subjects.
  5. Express points of view of a topic related to Chinese culture, history and society.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Exam Wk 5 30
Exam Wk 10 60
Oral Wk 10 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

  Language learning seminars 2 hours per week x 12 weeks (including 1-hour in class test in Week 6 and Week 12 respectively)  

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: