Module Catalogue 2022/23

CHN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fang Su
  • Lecturer: Miss Linlin Fang
  • Other Staff: Mrs Shirley Knott
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CHN2010Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese
CHN2010Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese
Pre Requisite Comment

CHN2010 followed by an approved course of study at a university in China; or Chinese language competency equivalent to Chinese Language Proficiency Test HSK4 is required.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



(1) To provide students with sufficient language competence to cope with the linguistic demands of real life in general, personal, social and business contexts.
(2) To develop an appropriate level of inter-cultural sensitivity in students, enabling successful interpersonal communication in a range of different situations.
(3) To continue to provide students with the necessary skills to become better language learners.

You will build upon the achievements made during your year abroad, increasing your knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures at intermediate and post-intermediate levels. By the end, you will be conversing confidently and naturally, orally and in writing, in language appropriate to a range of situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Roughly equal emphasis will be placed on reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Grammar will be taught throughout in order to improve all four skills, using an integrated task-based approach. Topics will include a wide range of social, cultural and political trends and issues relevant to contemporary China.

Every week you will have 6 scheduled teaching hours (5 present-in-person hours and 1 online hour) which incorporate activities such as reading, grammar, writing, speaking, and listening.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have:

1) Built upon the linguistic achievements made during the Year Abroad in China;
2) Consolidated and gained further knowledge of grammatical structures at intermediate and post-intermediate levels;
3) Gained command of a wide range of vocabulary used in general, personal, social, and business contexts;
4) Developed an appropriate level of inter-cultural sensitivity, enabling successful interpersonal communication in a range of different situations.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Listening: the ability to understand spoken Chinese, live or broadcast, on a wide range of topics of general and personal interest, and to appreciate subtle distinctions of usage in spoken Chinese
2. Speaking: the ability to express oneself fluently and accurately in areas of general and personal interest; to converse confidently and naturally, using a wide range of expressions, in language appropriate to the situation
3. Reading: the ability to understand various types of written Chinese, dealing with a wide range of general subjects
4. Writing: the ability to write accurate, well-structured Chinese, using a wide range of expressions, on topics of general and personal interest; to express ideas and opinions effectively in an appropriate style/ register
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 completion581:0058:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1321:00132:00Present in Person: 110 hours; Online lessons: 22 hours
Guided Independent StudySkills practice901:0090:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHN4110Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 1
CHN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Intermediate and post-intermediate grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and consolidated, using a task-based, communicative approach. Reading skills (skimming for gist; scanning for detail) are introduced and practised via classroom tasks involving pair and group work. Writing skills are introduced in class and practised outside the classroom in creative assignments set by the lecturer.

In order to ensure that 120 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised. 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).

Oral and aural skills are practised throughout the course in task-based activities and via oral presentations.

The speaking lesson is taught online because this mode of teaching showed to be very effective as it increases students’ confidence to speak in front of the class.


Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A45Unseen written exam containing grammar, reading sentence translations and writing.
Oral Examination202M15Includes class presentation and final exam
Aural Examination452M10N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M30Writing assignments and regular vocab/grammar tests across Semester 1 and 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Writing assignments and vocab/grammar tests (30%) 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 (10%). 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 150-minute written exam in Semester 2 assessment period (45%) on 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


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