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CHN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fang Su
  • Other Staff: Ms Linda Cheng
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


(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 15-20 of Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 2 and Lessons 1-10 in Level 2 Part 2). 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 five scheduled teaching hours which are divided as follows:

1. Grammar & Speaking (4 hours): 2 hours in-class seminars and 2 hours online sessions (interactive).

We shall cover all the grammatical points listed in the syllabus as above.

2. Reading & Writing (1 hour): online session.

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.

Also, every week you will have two structured guided learning hours including:

1. Listening

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.

2. Grammar and Reading

We shall cover grammatical tasks and extra reading tasks using reading materials (e.g. books, Chairman bao-articles…) to reinforce your grammatical structures and reading comprehension skills. You will be guided by the teacher as to how you should complete tasks and submit your work.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:0026h online 18h present in person
Guided Independent StudySkills practice271:0027:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study801:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/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 5 hours of practical classes (2 hours in-class and 3 hours online) 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.

In order to make sure that 274 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 assessed 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.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination992A4024 hr take home unseen written exam: Listening/grammar test, reading comprehension/translation/writing
Oral Examination102A15N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M10A take-home written test on reading, grammar and sentence translation translation
Prof skill assessmnt2M15A portfolio of 2 writing assignments (take home assessments) each requiring a 500-600 character essay over both semesters.
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Regular vocabulary and grammar tests, and pronunciation test over both semesters.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Continuous Assessment tests give students and staff the opportunity to monitor and review initial progress during Semester 1, while the portfolio of written coursework provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to assess further progress in Semester 2. The formal written examination and oral examination provide a summary assessment, as well as a chance to review progress before progressing on to the period of study abroad.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary are assessed in all assessed work (tests, continuous assessments and formal examination). Knowledge of the orthographic system is assessed by continuous assessment tests, portfolio of written coursework and formal written examination, while that of the phonological system is assessed by listening part of the written examine and oral examination.

Listening skills are assessed by aural and oral examination as part of formal examination, while speaking skills are assessed in the latter only.

Reading skills are assessed by continuous assessment and formal written examination, while writing skills are assessed by portfolio of written coursework and formal written examination.

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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