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CHN1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese I

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Melissa Fang
  • Other Staff: Dr Fang Su
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To establish the most basic foundation in the language systems (grammar. orthography, and phonetics) of Mandarin Chinese, upon which students can build language competence with a view to further study.
2. To allow students to begin to develop receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking) skills.
3. To begin to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

You will learn how to use use the pinyin transliteration system and to recognise and produce more than 200 Chinese characters! By the end, you will be communicating orally in very simple situations.

We use a task-based, communicative approach, and encourage peer learning through pair- and group-work. Assessment is by two continuous assessment tests, each lasting 50 minutes (worth 40% and 50% respectively). These help you to monitor and review your progress, with a view to continuing on to CHN1066.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic grammatical structures and items of vocabulary relating to the list below will be covered (corresponding to Lessons 1-7 of Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1):

Notions: Status/Profession; Nationality; Possession; Existence; Numbers; Dates; Days of the week; Months of the year; Age; Time; Intention; Wishes/desires; Location; Permission; Completed action/event; Future event; Consecutive action; Necessity

Functions: Greetings; Introductions; Asking questions; Counting Nouns; Expressing Age; Telling the Time; Making Invitations; Talking about Plans; Talking about Hobbies; Expressing Likes/Dislikes; Making Suggestions; Asking and Giving Reasons; Describing Nouns; Making a Telephone Call; Making Appointments; Asking a Favour; Making Exclamations

Situations: Meeting new people; Family; Birthday; Invitation to dinner; Weekend leisure activities; Visiting friends

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching661:0066:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/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) are practised throughout the course in task-based activities involving pair and group work.

In order to ensure that 134 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised (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).

Students are required to spend at least one hour a week in the Language Resource Centre, working on listening work prescribed by the teacher.


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M40Continuous Assessment I will include vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing sections.
Written exercise1M50Continuous Assessment II will include vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing sections.
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Weekly Vocabulary and Grammar tests - 5 minutes each
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Continuous Assessment (week 7 and 12) tests last 50 minutes and give students the opportunity to monitor and review their progress, with a view to continuing on to CHN1066. The assessment focus is on the students' ability to distinguish phonemes (listening), on their grasp of the most basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, and on familiarisation with orthographic conventions. While oral (i.e. speaking) skills are practised throughout the course in task-based activities (mainly for students going on to take CHN1066), it is felt that there is little to be gained from assessing oral skills at this early stage of learning, as these require time to develop.

Regular vocabulary and grammar tests 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.

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