Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Mandarin 2

Course summary

Course code: CHIN1003
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Literature, Language and Theatre
Course Coordinator(s): Xin Wang


Pre and co requisites

The course is intended as a continuation of course one, and therefore successful completion of course one is sufficient qualification for entry to course two. Alternatively, the student at GCSE level or AS level or CEFR (A2), and with recent experience of using the language, may be suited to this course. Such a student may be able to use a basic range of language, sufficient for familiar situations, but with many lapses in accuracy, fluency, appropriateness and organisation.


i) To enable the student to use basic and more complex forms of the language in both formal and informal contexts; ii) to enable the student to develop lexical and grammatical range appropriate to both formal and informal contexts; iii) to develop an awareness of style and register in the language; iv) to enhance understanding of the structure of the language, and help the student to apply grammatical understanding to develop competence in the language; v) to foster the confidence and enthusiasm to engage in further language learning; vi) to help students to develop strategies for self-assessment and encourage autonomy in language learning.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will reach the equivalent of the A2 level of the CEFR or the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) level 2.

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
Learning Outcome
1 develop the use of a greater range of language functions to communicate orally and in writing in both social and professional environments
2 develop deeper comprehension of foreign language texts by communicating gist and detail in the target language
3 develop deeper comprehension of basic documents in Mandarin and summarise documents in English
4 Elementary character writing practice

Indicative content

To be indicated to students of Mandarin by the Language Course co-ordinator at the start of the semester.

Teaching and learning activity

To ensure maximum accessibility to the programme students are required to attend a two hour block and one hour conversation class plus language portfolio workshop.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Oral
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2.
Weighting % 25
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details:In class assessment of listening and speaking skills.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Portfolio.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2,3,4.
Weighting % 25
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details:Assessment, assessing all four skills (Oral, Listening, Writing and Reading).

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Exam.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2,3.
Weighting % 50
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details:2 hour end of year exam assessing reading and writing skills.