Module Catalogue 2024/25

CHN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

CHN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Linda Cheng
  • Other Staff: Mrs Shirley Knott
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment

CHN1066 or equivalent level of Chinese. Please contact the Module Leader for advice.
Students whose first language is Mandarin or Cantonese, and received secondary education taught in Mandarin or Cantonese, cannot take this module.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



(1) To consolidate the linguistic foundation provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066 with a view to further study.
(2) To provide students with sufficient target language competence and inter-cultural sensitivity for communicative interaction with native speakers and to enable them to cope with typical situations met during a potential period of study abroad.
(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

This module builds upon the foundation in language systems provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066, while continuing to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You will learn more grammatical structures and vocabulary, and will be able to write a further 800 Chinese characters, making a total of well over 1000! By the end, you will be able to communicate effectively enough to cope successfully during your Year Abroad in China.

We use a task-based, communicative approach, and encourage peer learning through pair and group work. Assessment is by portfolio of written coursework, aural exam, oral exam, and written exam. Building a portfolio of assessed coursework helps you to monitor your progress and stimulates independent learning and learner autonomy. Formal exams provide a summary assessment before continuing on to your Year Abroad.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic grammatical structures and items of vocabulary relating to the list below will be covered (corresponding to Lessons 16-20 of Integrated Chinese of Textbook 2 and Lessons 1-10 in Textbook 3). Items which have already been introduced in CHN1065 and CHN1066 will be further consolidated:

Notions: Time sequence and duration; direction and location; distance; completed action; result; progressive aspect; future probability; ability; experience; negation; comparison; passive verbs; kinship; forms of address.

Functions: Greeting and taking leave; describing intentions; requesting; expressing thanks; asking directions; writing letters; discussing professions; giving reasons; apologising; describing objects/places/situations; comparing; talking about personal interests.

Situations: Studying; sports; sightseeing; meeting people; eating, socialising and celebrating; transport and travel; healthcare; shopping; making practical arrangements.

Every week you will have six scheduled teaching hours which are divided as follows:

1.       Grammar & Speaking (4 hours): 4 hours in-class seminars.
We shall cover all the grammatical points listed in the syllabus as above.

2.       Reading & Writing (1 hour): 1-hour in class seminar.
One hour will be devoted to developing skills in reading and writing, using the grammatical points, sentences patterns and vocabulary studied from our core textbook earlier on each week. Translation (English into Chinese and Chinese into English) will also be practised.

3.       Listening (1 hour): 1-hour in-lab seminar.
We shall provide you with listening task sheets to enable you to practice the grammatical points and sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers, and conduct reflective learning.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have consolidated the linguistic foundation provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066, and will have further increased their knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary and of the orthographic system of the language. Students will have learned around 1000 Chinese characters for both recognition and productive purposes, aiming to HSK3+.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Listening: the ability to understand standard conversational Chinese spoken at normal speed in areas of general and personal interest
2. Speaking: the ability to communicate adequately (but not necessarily accurately) in everyday situations
3. Reading: the ability to understand written passages in different text types on a variety of general subjects HSK3+.
4. Writing: the ability to write adequately and with reasonable accuracy on subjects of general and personal interest
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 completion441:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Week 11 of Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1261:00126:00126 hours present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2241:00224:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHN2110Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 1
CHN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using an integrated communicative approach in 6 hours of practical classes (6 hours present in person) delivered in seminar style.

Oral and aural skills (speaking and listening) as well as reading and writing are practised throughout the course in task-based activities. Students are required to spend at least one hour a week in the Language Resource Centre, working on listening work prescribed by the teacher.

Weekly vocabulary grammar and reading tests will take place online with provision of immediate feedback to help students grasp the grammar points in an effective way.

In order to make sure that 224 hours of private guided study does take place, each contact hour is followed up by homework assignments. Many derive from the compulsory workbooks accompanying the core textbook. Additional materials may be distributed in class or published online and are considered an integral part of the homework assignments. There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 4 weeks. Individualised formative feedback is then provided as an integral part of the teaching programme.

This module is taught and assessment in English and Chinese. English will be applied for two activities, 1. Explanation of grammatical structure; 2. Translation from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A30Unseen written exam: Listening/grammar test, reading comprehension/translation/writing
Oral Examination102M15Oral exam will take place at the end of Semester 2.
Aural Examination602M10Week 11
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M45In-class test reading, grammar & sentence translation (15%), 2 handwritten assignments in-class (15%) & weekly online vocab/grammar (15%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

-       One 150-minute written exam in Semester 2 (30%) on Reading / Grammar / Writing. This exam will test students’ ability to write Chinese characters, to grasp the grammar points and be able to understand the authentic sources. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar/ writing in the module.

-       One 10-minute oral exam in Semester 2 (15%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally, and test their pronunciation in a standard level, and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously. The oral examination provides a summary assessment, as well as a chance to review progress before progressing on to the period of study abroad.

-       One 60-minute listening test in Semester 2 (10%). This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic video/audio sources and to respond appropriately in written form and to summarise information appropriately in written form. This test provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in listening in the module.

-       Written Coursework / portfolio (45%): These two handwritten writing assignment tasks (WA1&WA2) will test students’ ability to write a given topic in the target language. Continuous assessment in Weekly online regular vocabulary, grammar and reading encourages regular work on productive skills and enables students to receive regular formative feedback. This portfolio helps students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement in writing thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.

Alternative method to all the assessments is online synchronous exam.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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