Module Catalogue 2023/24

CHN1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese II

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Linlin Fang
  • Other Staff: Dr Fang Su
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CHN1065Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese I
Pre Requisite Comment

Students who have done CHN1065 or have an equivalent level of Chinese.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1. To build upon the basic foundation in the language systems provided in CHN1065 with a view to
further study.

2. To allow students to continue to develop receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing
and speaking) skills.

3. To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

You will recognise and write a further 220-250 Chinese characters, making a total of well over 400! By the end, you will be communicating orally in simple everyday situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Every week you will have 6 contact hours which are divided as follows:

Vocabulary, Grammar, Speaking, Listening and Writing. All the classes are delivered in-person.
We shall cover the grammatical points and items of vocabulary relating to the Lessons 9-15 of Integrated Chinese Book 1&2. The topics include: Shopping for clothes; Talking about the weather; Dining out; Taking public transport; Getting a lift; Seeing a doctor.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have built upon the linguistic foundation provided in CHN1065 and will have further increased their knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary and of the orthographic and phonological systems of the language. In addition to the 250 Chinese characters introduced in CHN1065, students will have learned a further 200-230 characters for both productive and recognition purposes.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Listening: the ability to understand basic conversational Chinese spoken clearly
2. Speaking: the ability to communicate in a simple manner in everyday situations
3. Reading: the ability to understand simple descriptions, instructions and narrations
4. Writing: the ability to write connected sentences relating to everyday situations and personal experiences
5. Language learning: the ability to employ basic self-study skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion271:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching661:0066:00Present in Person: 66 hours
Guided Independent StudySkills practice221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study185:0085:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using an integrated communicative
approach. Oral and aural skills (i.e. speaking and listening) as well as reading and writing skills are practised throughout the course in task-based activities.

In order to ensure that 85 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by
homework assignments (many derive from the workbook and character workbook accompanying the core textbook). There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 6 weeks. Where appropriate, individualised formative feedback is provided (e.g. for writing assignments involving a creative element).


Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A45Unseen written exam containing vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and translations
Oral Examination102M15N/A
Aural Examination452M15N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Writing assignments and regular vocab tests across both semesters.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Writing assignments and vocab tests (25%) are necessary in order to allow students to acquire competence steadily. It also provides students with the opportunity to have constant feedback on their performance.

One listening test in Semester 2 (15%). This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand audio sources and to respond appropriately in written or oral form. This test provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in listening in the module.

One oral examination in Semester 2 (15%). This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously.

One 90-minute written exam in Semester 2 assessment period (45%) on Vocabulary / Grammar / Reading / Writing/ Sentence translations. Students will be expected to hand-write in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers if they have physical disability and it is supported by a SSP. The written examination enables the assessing of the overall performance of the student in each of the knowledge and skill outcomes.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.